Reflections on practicing the first of Campagnoli’s Caprices At long last I am ready to share my initial thoughts after delving into my self-imposed boot camp of Campagnoli Caprices. The first thing we see when we open the book is a part-preface, part-manifesto by William Primrose, who edited this transcription. An apt warning for challenges … Continue reading Campagnoli, Caprice no. 1
Sight-reading is often one of the most worrying parts of an exam or performance; this fear of the unknown is hard to surpass even for the most experienced musicians. Luckily, there are a few things that we can do to prepare ourselves and use the adrenaline rush in a more positive sense. When boiled down, … Continue reading Feeling comfortable with sight-reading
“Moto Perpetuo” Just an initial glance at this Caprice will tell you all you need to know: this one is for dexterity and endurance. Pieces of this style, a never-ending stream of notes, are called “moto perpetuo” which translates to “perpetual motion.” Both your hands and your brain are truly in perpetual motion here, and … Continue reading Campagnoli, Caprice no. 3
Playing an instrument is an exciting idea, but learning how to do it often daunting, especially for adults. However, the fear of learning a new instrument can be overcome by understanding the benefits of music. I chose some examples from my individual teachings and my recent involvement at a festival to depict how interacting with … Continue reading Learning how to play an instrument has no age limit!
Reflections on practicing the second of Campagnoli’s Caprices There’s no time like Summer to make headway on my Campagnoli project. Summer for classical musicians is often a mix of relaxation and opera playing at one of the many Summer opera festivals across the UK. When performing the same repertoire every evening it’s easy to fall … Continue reading Campagnoli, Caprice no. 2
Paul Harris is considered one of the most eminent music educators in the UK. In his book Simultaneous Learning he introduces a teaching approach which benefits pupils as well as teachers. It is a philosophy that breaks music down into manageable aspects and teaches multiple aspects at once, all while maintaining a positive atmosphere. Here … Continue reading Paul Harris: Simultaneous Learning
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