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.
Fortunately, I have some good news. There is Continue reading
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).
Have you ever considered what the term allemande actually means? Or ballade? Nocturne? Gavotte? These are, in essence, templates for a piece – musical forms. The waltz is the most well-known form; everyone knows waltzes always have three beats to the measure. All these other pieces—allemandes, nocturnes, gavottes—are forms too, but Continue reading
“Oh, I recognize that piece!” There are some classical pieces that have not only made their way into the musician’s repertoire but have also become popular in modern society. Maybe you’ve heard some of these pieces in movies, advertisements, or TV shows. I think you’ll have heard most of them – if not all!
This 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.
A few months ago, I posted a collection of intriguing bits of information about Mozart.(You can read that post here.) My post consisted of several sections, including quotes by and about Mozart, some fun stories about him, and of course, a selection of his most beloved music. Today, I’m going to post along those same lines, but with Bach instead of Mozart! Hope you enjoy!
Do you ever come home from a lesson and just want to collapse? You have four pieces in progress, one you’re trying to polish for a concert, and now your teacher just gave you a new one. Where on earth are you supposed to start? Continue reading