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Advanced Beginner Violin Technique

Here are some more free downloads. These pages are geared towards students somewhere between level 2 and 3 of your public school violin methods. These pages focus a lot on theory. C Major Key Signature and Arpeggio Advertisements

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Beginning Scale Technique for Violinists

As teachers we’re always looking for extra technique resources. These pages focus on theory, finger patterns, string crossings, and developing bow control. Many of the exercizes can also be sung on scale degrees. I hope your students enjoy these pages. … Continue reading

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From Writer to Pianist

Like many students, my interest in music was inspired by a relative. For me, it was my mom, and then my aunt Mary. After my mom put us kids to bed at night, she would sit down at her Baldwin upright … Continue reading

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Inspiration for Those Dry Times

So you’ve hit a plateau in your musical progress and now you feel stuck. Practicing feels like a drag because you’re not making much progress. Or maybe you’ve had 15 years of music lessons, spent thousand of dollars on a college education, … Continue reading

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From Day-Dreamer to Writer: Part 2

If you read my first blog, “From Daydreamer to Writer,” you know that I love writing. What I didn’t mention was that I used to be extremely quiet in school, even throughout most of my undergrad. Sometimes I can still be … Continue reading

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How to Practice Efficiently

Are you limited on time? Do you want to potentially cut your practice time in half? Do you ever feel overwhelmed when learning a new piece? Do you ever feel frustrated because you’re not able to master a song? The … Continue reading

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From Day-Dreamer to Writer: A 2nd Grader’s Tale

So how did I become a musician?  My story begins way back in 2nd grade before the idea that I could become a musician ever entered my mind. I was just 7 years old when I discovered my love of writing. I still remember … Continue reading

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