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Ariane Todes selects her favourite stories and interviews from The Strad website and beyond

Focus Thursday, 17 July 2014

6 insights into teaching the double bass by Mary Condliffe

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama professor shares her methods for teaching bass students

Encourage relaxation and flexibility from the outsetI get beginner pupils comfortable with holding the bow and moving it, making sure they’re relaxed and not gripping. I aim for...

Focus Tuesday, 15 July 2014

7 pointers for perfect pizzicato

Advice on plucking and strumming from 120 years of The Strad

Many cellists feel that pizzicato is simply plucking the string and they give little thought as to how to do so. Within the musical context, however, there are a variety of reasons that pizzicato is...

Focus Friday, 11 July 2014

Are quartets of matched instruments the way to perfect harmony?

Four instruments from the same tree, varnished from the same pot, played by a single quartet. Does this make a better ensemble? Katherine Millett investigates

Television cameras greeted the Miró Quartet’s arrival at Alice Tully Hall, New York, in February 2003. ABC News ran an evening feature about the concert and the New York Times raved about...

Focus Thursday, 10 July 2014

6 tips for teaching young violinists by Suzuki instructor Teri Einfeldt

The University of Hartford Suzuki Department chair shares her methods for teaching children

Encourage parental involvementI ask all potential students and their parents to observe six beginner-level lessons before they start. This way the child and the parents can see what...

Focus Wednesday, 09 July 2014

When should a child start learning a stringed instrument?

The age that a child should start learning a stringed instrument can be a tricky question for parents, and a tough decision for teachers. Tim Homfray asks teaching experts for their advice

It is a common belief that all great musicians began their glittering careers when they were scarcely out of nappies. Child prodigies have always been popular, the biographies of performers...

Focus Tuesday, 08 July 2014

8 ways to improve shifting for string players

Advice on how to shift smoothly and cleanly from 120 years of The Strad

I have always maintained that the acquirement of a good or a bad shift is largely a matter of mental outlook rather than one of mechanics; a psychological exercise rather than a technical one. I am ...

Focus Thursday, 03 July 2014

There is no such thing as a piano 'accompanist'

String players and pianists are uniting to end the perception of piano accompanists as lesser musicians. Elana Estrin delves into the emerging field of collaborative piano

There has long been a stereotype in the performance community that accompanists are inferior musicians. Not good enough for solo careers, they are hired to perform a service: to obey their musical partner&rsquo...

Focus Tuesday, 01 July 2014

6 pieces of advice for music teachers by cellist Anna Shuttleworth

The former Royal College of Music and Leeds University pedagogue explains why it's important to encourage students to relax

Structure your lessons carefullyI always plan ahead and know what I’m going to do. Whatever the level of the student I start with a scale, then move on to a study or at least ...

Focus Monday, 30 June 2014

7 views on dynamics

Advice on how to produce effective dynamic contrasts from 120 years of The Strad

Bow speed when considered alone seems to have a linear relationship to dynamics: faster = louder; slower= softer. But dynamic changes often imply colour changed and therefore unexpected solutions can...

Focus Thursday, 26 June 2014

Ask the Experts: How to make the best use of limited practice time

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the seventh of the series, four specialists in practice techniques advise a busy amateur musician how to make the most of his limited rehearsal time.

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