10 ways to boost your musical confidence

10 ways to boost your musical confidence

At times I’ve felt like the BEST player in an orchestra or group, and at other times I’ve felt like the WORST player. I’m here to tell you that it’s not good to be EITHER. Do you know why? Because in order to feel like the best or the worst, you have to compare...
Good Days and Bad Days on Violin: Why?

Good Days and Bad Days on Violin: Why?

We have all experienced it: the day when you get your violin out of its case and everything feels right, things come easily, and you sound pretty good! Unfortunately, we have all experienced (and probably remember more vividly) the days when from the moment the violin...
Shortcut to Violin Intonation

Shortcut to Violin Intonation

Violin intonation (playing in tune) does not have to be hard. Learn about what I call “ringy notes” and it could revolutionize your intonation. Way back in my high school days, someone tried to explain to me that intonation can be improved by paying...
Practicing Priorities for Fiddle

Practicing Priorities for Fiddle

Many of my classical violin students who are crossing over to learn fiddle run into problems when they try to equate classical practice with fiddle practice. The two, while they seem the same on their face, have different top priorities, and if you can define what...
Listening in Violin Practice

Listening in Violin Practice

Two main things separate truly professional musicians from dabblers: the way they listen and the way they practice. And guess what? The two are inseparable. Obviously, dabblers practice and they listen, but when you closely observe a professional practicing and...