Criticism: Deal with it well by being in the right mindset

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

Orchestral Violin Practice Challenge: My goals for the next two years

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

Singing from the same songsheet

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.

Wirrangintungiyil – Eric Avery

It’s NAIDOC week in Australia. During this week we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as a vital and important part of Australian culture. There is a strong culture of music in Aboriginal culture. In their beliefs, they talk about songlines. These are the paths across the sky and sometimes the land that mark… Continue reading Wirrangintungiyil – Eric Avery

Top Five Historical 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 of the greats who came before them. The Romantic Period of Western art music (1830-1900) produced the greatest violin compositions. However, it is in the… Continue reading Top Five Historical Violinists

Holy Song of Thanksgiving – Beethoven’s String Quartet number 15

In the spring of 1825, Ignaz Schuppanzigh, an Austrian violinist, was engaged to perform the premiere of Beethoven’s latest string quartet, written some 15 years after his last quartet which premiered in 1810. Schuppanzigh, with his quartet consisting of Karl Holz on second violin, Franz Weiss on viola and Nikolaus Kraft on cello, gave the… Continue reading Holy Song of Thanksgiving – Beethoven’s String Quartet number 15