Starting a Stringed Instrument from Zero: Supplies, Investment and Recommendations

Want to learn to play? Your beginner string FAQ’s, answered. Interested in learning to play the violin, viola, cello or bass, but not sure where to begin? Perhaps you are interested in buying an instrument. Did you know that you can rent instruments as well, and that this may be a better economic choice for … Continue reading Starting a Stringed Instrument from Zero: Supplies, Investment and Recommendations

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

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