Learning Music

Working the Tune List

Using Your Tune List to Build Strength in Your Fiddle Playing The List in Your Violin Case…and you do have one don’t you? My tune list rides very nicely in the music pocket of my case cover. For a long time it was in a...

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Vibrato–the Final Condition

What Really Makes the Vibrato Sound? Sometimes teaching  is, for me, a learning moment at the same time it is for a student. Case in point: I was showing an adult fiddle student, Shirley, how to do vibrato. In the process of...

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Practice Music as the Crow Flies

Practicing as the Crow Flies–with Attention to Detail How long does it take to get to mastery level of a skill? Is it the same if it’s fiddle or juggling? How soon and straight can you fly there like a crow? There was...

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Deep Music Practice

Deep Practice in Music Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code came out in 2009 and got some well deserved attention. The book’s tag line was “Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.” He grounded that assertion in a...

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The Grassapelli Story

Grasapelli’s Story When Grassapelli first came to my attention, I thought of him as an embodiment of The Music Spirit. That overarching Music Spirit is very big. I’m just fiddling. I need to take it down a notch or...

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