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
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
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 music by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending. The Lark Ascending was first composed in 1914 for violin and piano. However, due… Continue reading The Lark Ascending
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
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 concert in your town, you should do everything you can to get to see them. These are the ones that you should be watching and… 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 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
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 that much for a violin! So you look to get a violin from Gumtree, or Craigslist. Ahh, much better. How can there be such a… Continue reading Why shouldn’t I buy my violin from gumtree?
“Let the weak say “I am strong,” let the poor say, “I am rich”, let the blind say “I can see, It’s what the Lord has done in me.” This great song by Hillsong’s Reuben Morgan speaks of the amazing upside-down world that Christ provides. This is an arrangement for Choir with Piano accompaniment, and… Continue reading What the Lord Has Done in Me
Me! – by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie – performed by two violins, piano, acoustic guitar, cajon, and tamborine. All instruments performed by Ben Clapton. ME! was written by Taylor Swift and Bendon Urie (From Panic! at the Disco), released on April 26, 2019. This arrangement is for two violins, one taking Taylor’s part, and… Continue reading Me! – Taylor Swift cover
A violin cover of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s awesome new track, I don’t care. Featuring me on violin, me on Acoustic Guitar, and on cajon… me!