The Etude Challenge: Re-Discovering my Technical and Creative Confidence

The life of a London orchestral player is fast-paced and stressful, stretching one’s sight reading and quick-processing skills to the limit in order to handle more concerts, on fewer rehearsals, than any other orchestral scene on Earth. While a career of sprints develops a unique skill set in musicians here, a hectic schedule of short-term … Continue reading The Etude Challenge: Re-Discovering my Technical and Creative Confidence

Practice Series for Strings: Warmups

Taking you through a successful practice session, one step at a time You’ve finally set aside the time to practice—no easy feat amidst all the commitments we have to our work, our peers and ourselves. Congratulations on choosing a rewarding and creative commitment to add to your schedule; you won’t regret it! Now, let’s make … Continue reading Practice Series for Strings: Warmups

Chipping away: Practice Takes Patience

Coming to terms with the slow process of learning and seeing the result of your work. Choosing to take private music lessons is an investment not only of finances but also of time. Aside from the hour each week spent with the tutor, you are then responsible for reviewing the lesson concepts each day on … Continue reading Chipping away: Practice Takes Patience