Viewing: January, 2014

Jan 22

January 22, 2014

Let’s be honest.

When students enter my studio and begin to unpack their instrument, I like to chat and catch up on the events of the week. How was school?  Any big projects going on at the office? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? How did your science test go? How was practice this week? I like to hear about your life!  I like taking a moment to get to know you while we get set up and take a breath…

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Jan 15

January 15, 2014

Ugh. Bad Rehearsals Happen.

We all have a bad rehearsal.  Our head is just not in the game.  The bow is flopping and squawking.  The left hand fingers seem sluggish.  Oh, and the conductor’s tempo is nearing the speed of light that leaves you in a cloud of dust. You feel me? Who’s been there? That was me.  Last night.  Ugh. A few times I just stopped playing so I could take a second to slap myself straight (all in my head, of course)….

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Jan 15

January 15, 2014

It’s my job.

As a music student, I always felt inadequate.  I went into private lessons feeling like I knew absolutely nothing. What key is this? What is this symbol? How many notes make up a scale? Can you demonstrate a staccato bowing? My mind was spinning with answers, but they all just seemed too simple.  Of course this piece is in the key of D major.  Just like every other piece I’ve ever played.  That’s the segno or sign.  Eight.  Eight notes make up a…

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Jan 15

January 15, 2014

How to choose and achieve that musical New Year’s Resolution

So, someone shared a great mnemonic device with me the other day that only made me roll my eyes for an instant before I opened my mind and heart to accept the good advice that was being offered.  When setting a goal or resolving to change something in one’s life, I admit, this could actually be helpful. Be SMART SPECIFIC MEASURABLE ATTAINABLE RELEVANT TIME-BOUND Finished rolling your eyes?  Did you want to say “gag me with a spoon!” or do a…

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Jan 15

January 15, 2014

Whoopsie-daisy!

I’m adopting this post title as a new favorite phrase.  A charming young student says this any time she bonks her cello scroll on the wall or drops her bow from the stand.   Now, we practice moving the cello around in the space that we have, but when we have an accident “whoopsie-daisy!” just lightens the mood. Besides, accidents happen.  Like when I…accidentally…flung my bow down the stairs at rehearsal with the Louisville Philharmonia last night!  We were rehearsing the fourth…

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