The Art of Fugue

I speak for the whole of the music community when I say that fugues are daunting things. They feature multiple melodic lines, take a lot of time to perfect, and, let’s be honest, they’re really confusing.

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Warming Up (for violinists)

Warming Up (for violinists)

There are a couple of things I’ve learned since I started playing the violin. One of those things is the importance of warming up. By “warming up,” I mean setting aside 5-10 minutes at the beginning of my practice session to fire up my brain and limber up my muscles. Today, I’m going to tell you why warming up is so important and how I warm up. (You can keep in mind that I’m writing this from a violinist’s perspective, but most of my points apply to other instruments too).

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On Rhythm and Meter

On Rhythm and Meter graphic.pngThis week, I was going to post on musical forms such as the symphony, gavotte, etc, but I soon realized that that post would have quite a bit of meter in there. Meter is kind of a tricky concept to grasp—I didn’t fully understand it for a long time, myself—so I thought it would be appropriate to write about rhythm and meter as a sort of preparatory post to the one on musical forms.

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