This is the start of a new series where I’m going to highlight practice techniques. I know that as a teacher, I often don’t have time to go into specific … Continue reading Practice Techniques – Blocking
Today is Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day – the day the guns fell silent in World War 1. And I thought it fitting to look at this incredible piece of … Continue reading The Lark Ascending
It’s NAIDOC week in Australia, where we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as a vital and important part of Australian culture. There is a strong culture of music … Continue reading Wirrangintungiyil – Eric Avery
Following up from yesterday’s post about the top five historical violinists, today we have the top five modern violinists. These are the violinists that if they come to do a … Continue reading Top Five Modern Violinists
There are many brilliant violinists around today, and tomorrow I will share with you my five favourite modern day violinists. But all of these violinists are built on the shoulders … Continue reading Top Five Historical Violinists
In the spring of 1825, Ignaz Schuppanzigh, an Austrian violinist, was engaged to perform the premiere of Beethoven’s latest quartet, written some 15 years after his last quartet which premiered … Continue reading Holy Song of Thanksgiving – Beethoven’s String Quartet number 15
You might think that a violin case is relatively simple – it’s got a violin, and a bow, and not much else. However, in the case of a violinist are … Continue reading What’s in my case?
A number of years ago, I was planning the trip of a lifetime. I was going to fly to England, find a backpackers or something near Paddington, and go to … Continue reading The Last Night of the Proms
I love being musical. I love playing on my violin. I love playing on the guitar. I also love singing. Having been a part of churches my whole life, there … Continue reading Singing from the same songsheet
So your child is starting to learn the violin, and you need to get a violin. You look at the music shop prices, and balk – surely it doesn’t cost … Continue reading Why shouldn’t I buy my violin from gumtree?
Violin show pieces are the pieces which are at the limit of violin technique. They are difficult, flashy, and impressive. Here’s my list of the top 10 violin showpieces. Paganini … Continue reading Top 5 Violin Showpieces
As has been my tradition, every sermon that I preach will be posted here. This sermon, Cross focused or resurrection focused, was given at The Salvation Army Rochester on Easter … Continue reading Cross focused or Resurrection focused?