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Who is Julio Cristaldo?

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Working with musicians from all over the world has always been a pleasure. I personally met Julio in early 2019 as we organized a concert and master class. The experience was out of this world! Seeing Julio Cristaldo deliver a true royal master class...
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ArtSong Colorado: The art in the melodies of a poem

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A lot of people say, get confused about Art Songs... many will say "Isn't that opera?". Well... no... Art Song Colorado is a good place to start and understand what is an ArtSong and why does it matter so much. It is important to remem...
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Why is it hard to find Paganini played like this?

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​Many musicians avoid Paganini because of its difficulty and the responsibility it requires. This however is not the case for Nuné Melik. Paganini is one of the most relevant virtuosi composers for violin and his music does not only requires the skil...
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Coloratura forged with fire at its best

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The magic of Handel's Alcina can only really be unlocked when certain practices are put in place and this is a phenomenal example on how "tornami a vagheggiar" can (and should) be interpreted. In this performance, Amanda Forsythe adds her q...
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La Música no sirve

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Muchas veces escuché esa frase. Que la música no sirve, que el arte no sirve, que tocar un instrumento no sirve, y muchos etcéteras más cual tributo al "no porque no". Si embargo, no por eso me detuve y gracias a no detenerme es que estoy aquí. ...
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Do You Think You're In The Middle Of Nowhere?

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​If you think you have no opportunities because you're in the middle of nowhere, you have already lost your battle and you should stay home and stop trying. The honest truth is that in this world, talent and $3 will get you a cup of coffe a...
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Why should you surrender to your stage fright?

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​Being afraid is a natural human response to situations that in our brain appear to be life threatening. Statistically speaking, people fear public speaking far more than death. This seems irrational. Nevertheless, the social implications of pub...
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How to master a new piece? Practice like a Unicorn!

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Being a musician is one of the hardest things because of the nature of the art: anything we ever do we have to be able to reproduce over and over again. The sad news is that the key to success is endless boring repetition.  T...
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Being a Musician is all about your versatility

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Many young musicians dive into a school, conservatory, or institute because they feel music as a path to live life and unfold oneself. I will say that this is a normal path because it coaches us structure and good habits. But as everything in life, i...
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Can your ears figure out which bow is the cheap one?

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Playing with good quality instruments is very important because it gives musicians the certainty that they will respond accurately. However, there's a point where price might not reflect the "quality" of the instrument. In this case, we have a b...
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How can musicians really exploit social media?

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We all know it and we all say it: Social Media is an addiction! But how many of us really simply shut it off? The honest truth is that we musicians have to use it for business purposes but keeping some important issues at bay. Social Media is a ...
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Wasting your money on a music degree is stupid!

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Everyone (including myself) has fallen into the trap of "purchasing" a music degree via an established institution. It took me a verry long time to realize that the cost in "Time and Money" had no tangible Return of Investment. This is is main topic ...
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Do Guitarists actually suffer of a God complex?

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It's interesting to see how many people start playing guitar because they are on their way to fame and fortune. The truth is that the music industry (backed by Hollywood) has made the figure of the guitar player into a semi-divine figure of awesomene...
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Your brain can benefit big time from learning guitar

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 The Classical Guitar is an instrument that requires left-right hand coordination. This kind of complex task demands the brain to utilize the opposite hemispheres in different ways, forcing the performer to focus in a quite particular way. ...
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Five wonderful violinist jokes that you need to share!

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An important matter: "Violinist tend to be tedious because they think very highly of themselves"... This is a wide spread popular belief that actually is is far from true and we must stand for what is right. Many say: "I have innumerable violinists i...
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Stop procrastinating and play everywhere every day

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- "Before we begin... a special thanks to the business owners and managers of wineries, coffee-shops, restaurants and similar that have opened their doors to my music. My touring in Northern Oregon was blessed by your awesomeness!" Being a Classical ...
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