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Tracy Silverman on Connecting with the Groove

Monday, March 11, 2019

Fresh from the ASTA national conference, 2019 ASTA Eclectic String chair Tracy Silverman explains why violinists should focus more on playing rhythm, not just melody . . .

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Becoming a Total String Player: The Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Any classical string player who has ever attended an improvisation workshop led by Christian Howes will tell you that it is a life-changing experience. In fact, for most classical-only players, the very thought of attending such a workshop is a…

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The Total Violinist

Friday, August 03, 2018

Most of us violinists (as well as violists, cellists and bassists) are our most comfortable in an orchestra setting. Of course, the music is fantastic, and usually very challenging to learn and play. But learn and play we do, after woodshedding our…

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COURAGE: STARTING FRESH, AGAIN AND AGAIN

Monday, March 05, 2018

Last month, writing for SHAR’s blog series, “The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words”, Formosa Quartet violinist Jasmine Lin explained that being open to an unclear future is what enabled four individuals to coalesce into one ensemble fifteen…

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Refining truth: a guide to surviving the artistic life

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

“Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness.” - Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark 

Artists know all about refinement.  This is a large part of what we do every day, constantly retooling our craft,…

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