Time signatures can be confusing and are something your teacher should explain to you early on. However, as we encounter more and more time signatures, it is worth clarifying the theory and having a handy video to revise with! This is our general rule: Watch the video on beats, bars and time signatures then see … Continue reading Time Signatures
Articulation - coordination, technique, troubleshooting, double tonguing, triple tonguing, clarity, common problems...
Lets begin with the basic articulation terms and styles. These are the most common symbols you will find. Staccato - a dot above the note means it should be detached (often, but not always, short)Slur - a curved line connects different pitches that are to be played smoothly (only tongue the first note of the … Continue reading Articulation terms
It's the Easter holidays and, as I'm staring the end of my degree in the face, I thought I'd give an update on what I've been up to! My final year has been busy with lots of orchestral and wind band concerts. A highlight was playing the flute in a lovely, enormous wind section … Continue reading BLOG: The blur of fourth year
An introduction to the basic dynamic (volume) terms and definitions. Plus a great picture to remember it all! Download the free PDF to test yourself and write all the terms on. Or stick on your wall to help learn dynamics!
Specific music terms are used by composers to direct performers. It tells us their intention and an idea of the mood or style to perform it in. A beginner's guide to basic music terms and their interpretation.
Can and should we share the experience with others? Who makes our audiences? Live classical music is something tangible, honest and emotional. It can be all encompassing. Providing a sense of community beyond the shifting screens of social media.
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. His great influence in the transition from the Classical to the Romantic era created a legacy. Born in Bonn, Beethoven studied with major composer Joseph Haydn after moving to Vienna in his early twenties. He soon gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. In his late … Continue reading Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Born in Salzburg, Austria on January 27th, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prodigy. He was a musician who could play many instruments and started performing in public at the age of 6. Facts: Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor, composed in 1791, was left unfinished at the time of his death. He composed his Requiem … Continue reading Wolfgang Mozart (1756–1791)
Masterclasses are a fantastic way of gaining performance experience and feedback, however they can be intimidating! Here is a little guide to make the most of your first masterclass and go in with confidence: Choose music that you can play to performance level, unless a work in progress is asked for. Now is not the … Continue reading Masterclass Survival Tips