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Did he really premiered this composition missing a page?

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​Imagine you're under the microscope of the musical elite in Vienna and you have to produce a whole sonata in very little time. This, for Mozart, was probably the norm. But for this one, the sonata also was to be presented wi...
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What makes you think you should record?

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Often we musicians have the desire to make a recording out of thin air and we miss a million details that go into the development of an audio recording, let alone a professionally done video.  But what makes you think you should even try to reco...
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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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If you have to do it, do it in the woods!

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​We heard innumerable stories of composers gathering inspiration from nature and yet we make so much effort to perform in concert halls and many other venues that we believe to be a source of inspiration. Khatia Buniatishvili made a huge stateme...
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Who needs special effects when it can all be real?

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Sometimes, in our daily life, we get stuck in normal routines where basic rules are never questioned. But Art will come by sometime and challenge our perception of reality in a subtle way. Are you paying attention? Most of the time, we know the diffe...
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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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Did you think it was too late and pointless? Think again!

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All of us come to moments of truth where we realize that our past does not reflect who we are. Change is not an option: it becomes a responsibility because we have learned that it is time to step hard and say "this is who I am". Serene had ...
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Your niche is important! Stick to it!

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Stranger things is a show that personally did a lot for me. This is a great surprise because this video is pushing even more buttons that what the TV show did. First of all, as I was talking with Nathan about the blog, I was excited because of the va...
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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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Coordinating Killer Music for an Outstanding Wedding

Coordinating Killer Music for an Outstanding Wedding
So you have finally landed your first gig playing at a wedding. You are part of an ensemble and you are the one gathering information and coordinating music for the ceremony. You want to create music the wedding party will always remember Their exper...
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Jenn Tzeng: a great example on how to Lead By Example

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Being a Music Mentor is a challenge because it takes a lot of work and dedication. This past weekend we came across the studio of a very talented violinist in the Bay Area who asides of being an incredible musician, has built a very good studio....
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Astor: A warm birthday wish for you from all of us musicians

Astor: A warm birthday wish for you from all of us musicians
Astor Piazzolla was a composer of incredible talent that figured out a way to navigate both worlds of Tango and Classical Music. As a Classical Pianist and composer, he was winning world-renowned competitions and had the privilege to study in France ...
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CGW is the Guitar Festival you don't want to miss

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The 2018 Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition is right around the corner and it's time to get signed up and ready to compete. As a classical guitar player myself, entering in competition mode is fun because it helps you focus and...
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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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La Música no sirve

¡La Música no sirve!
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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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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