Ben is looking forward to sharing with the Dayspring Community as they hold their Holy Week Twilight Retreat, as he presents some reflections on J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Johann Sebastian Bach is not only one of the giants of the musical world, but also of the Christian church. Sometimes referred to as the fifth… Continue reading Holy Week Twilight Retreat: Bach’s St Matthew Passion
I was aiming to get a video out each week, however it’s not going to happen this week. Things have cropped up where I am not in the stage where I’ve got enough footage, nor enough time to edit a video, that I think I will just aim at putting a video out every couple… Continue reading Orchestral Violin Practice Challenge – Week 2
I would be surprised if there is anyone who deals with criticism well. If someone actually likes being harshly criticised for work that they did, I’m sure other people might have some concerns about that person’s psychological profile. Criticism is something that we deal with on a daily basis. Whether it’s our own self-criticism or… Continue reading Criticism: Deal with it well by being in the right mindset
One of the things I absolutely love about playing the violin is playing orchestral music. I love the variety of repertoire that it brings – from Bach Cantatas to Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Bizet’s suites, and modern, cutting edge compositions. Orchestral playing, and the violin practice that goes with it, is constantly interesting and challenging. When I… Continue reading Orchestral Violin Practice Challenge: My goals for the next two years
I love being musical. Whether that is playing on my violin or my guitar, it brings me so much joy. I also love singing. Having been a part of churches my whole life, there is something wonderful when people get together and sing.
Time for our third video in the #AMerryViolinChristmas compilation – a collection of Christmas Carols arranged for beginner violin and Piano. If you haven’t yet, make sure you grab your copy today! Today, we’re learning “Away in a Manger”, so watch the video above and have a go. In addition, discover some more about the… Continue reading #AMerryViolinChristmas – Away in a Manger
An exciting arrangement of “Ding Dong Merrily on High” that will challenge the choir whilst still providing interest and variety for all parts. Arranged for SATB Choir (without accompaniment) by Ben Clapton, each part takes the melody at some stage. As such all parts are actively challenging and highlighted throughout the performance. Initially arranged in… Continue reading Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Time for our second video in the #AMerryViolinChristmas compilation – a collection of Christmas Carols arranged for beginner violin and Piano. If you haven’t yet, make sure you grab your copy today! Today, we’re learning “Silent Night”.
It’s Christmas time! Time for Christmas Carols!The problem is that many Christmas Carols are written in keys that aren’t friendly for the violin, especially for the beginner violinist, who initially learns notes in G, D and A major, whilst carols are often written in F, Eb and Bb major. So I’ve arranged ten favourite carols… Continue reading #AMerryViolinChristmas – Joy to the World
This is the start of a new series where I’m going to highlight a practice technique in each post. I know that as a teacher, I often don’t have time to go into specific techniques of how to practice. This is because there is so much to get into during the lesson. However, learning how… Continue reading Practice Technique – Blocking