There’s simply nothing more fun than playing cello ensemble music. The cello’s range is vast — bigger than those of the other members of the bowed strings family — and when you get a bunch of cellists together, you can have the highest and lowest voices of an ensemble at the same time as that glorious all-cello tone.Continue reading “The Only Thing Better Than A Cello Is…”
COVID-19 didn’t kill the classical music profession. It was already on its way out; COVID just sped it along a bit.Continue reading “Classical Music is Dead. Long Live Classical Music.”
“In these unprecedented times…” “The world is a strange and challenging place right now…” “When all this is over…”
The world has permanently changed and the music profession has to change, too, or we won’t survive.Continue reading “Setting Up Your Online Remote Music Teaching Business”
The pandemic is getting really old, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I devote significant amounts of my daydreaming time to the things I’m going to do “when this is over.”
The thing that comes to mind first, and the thing I’ve missed the most, is playing chamber music.Continue reading “Everything I Know About Marriage, I Learned From Chamber Music”
Just as there are a lot of different ways to be a cellist, there are a lot of different ways to play Bach’s Cello Suites. I’m often asked what I think is the best edition of the Cello Suites, and there’s no clear answer. How do you decide, when at last count there were more than 100 editions to choose from?Continue reading “Editions of Bach’s Cello Suites…How Do I Choose One?”
Bored, lonely, anxious, and panicking in self-isolation? Yeah, me too. I wish I could go all “silver lining” about the pandemic of 2020, but I can’t really think of one. This is just rough, and that’s all there is to it.
That said, one of my favourite sayings keeps coming into my head. “You can’t control other people’s actions, but you can control how you respond to them.” What would happen if we replaced “other people’s actions” with “the current horrifying crisis”? Whether we like it or not, we currently have an opportunity for reflection, self-study, and study in general. So…Continue reading “4 Ways to Improve Your Musicianship In Isolation”
We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and it’s uncharted territory for all of us. What will we do if we can’t work or go out? We musicians are panicking over cancelled concerts, plane tickets we already paid for, and lost sources of income that we were counting on.
Most of us in the music business have multiple streams of income, so it’s now more important than ever to keep our teaching businesses up and running.Continue reading “Remote Music Lessons for the Low-Tech Teacher”
Like many academic types, I have to read so much for research that I often run out of time for reading for pleasure. It isn’t just that I miss reading, I also miss being informed about subjects other than music. So this year, I decided I was going to make time for reading non-music books.
I can hear you splutter “Make time?!?!”Continue reading “The Year I Read 56 Books (Not Including the Ones for Research)”
Practice Is Easy When You Feel Inspired
On a good day, time flies by and the instrument practically plays itself. Everything goes well. It doesn’t even feel like work.
Too bad about the other 364 days.Continue reading “Eyes Off the Prize: Why Dreaming Small Makes Practice Better”
Four years ago I wrote a post about preparing Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel with a pianist friend. I was intrigued with the idea of infinity in its mirror imagery, and every time we studied the score we found more and more of these images.
I never imagined that my next performance of Spiegel im Spiegel would be in honour of that same friend’s memory after he was tragically taken from us aged 37 after a short illness.