Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - Love and Marriage


"Then I showed Judah how I could play a song out of these four notes. It is a little melody that Mr. J taught me called 'Sheila’s Open String Waltz.' It goes DDD, AAA, DDGD, AAAD. First I plucked the strings then I bowed them, swaying with a dance-like rhythm. Then I showed him a little open string march called 'A Toy Regimen.'"
(page 79, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - Origins


"It’s like men and women talking. You can tell which is the man and which is the woman. That is because of timbre. But more than that. Just like you can tell one man from another and one woman from another, you can tell one cello from another and one cellist from another. Timbre makes the difference."
(page 75, Kindle Edition)

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

World Piano News - It’s All About the Instrument




World Piano News delivers the latest news and information relating to the piano - the instrument that is - in a crisp and entertaining fashion.

You won’t find reviews of so-and-so’s new cd release, or lessons on improving your improv skills.

You will, however, find stories about new pianos on the market, interesting instruments coming up for auction, explainers covering various piano technologies, exhibitions, pianos of the rich and famous, pianos in art… there’s always something new to report - and WPN delivers a handful of great stories each and every a week.

In the past month we’ve:
- looked at Steinway’s, new art-case piano
- reported on the hoard of 913 gold coins found in a 1906 piano
- discussed Yamaha’s new SX series of grand pianos
- seen the return of an historic grand to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion after 170 years
- featured the latest yacht pianos
- examined a new piano player
- detailed events at the All About Piano! exhibition including a lecture on the “prepared piano”
… and much, much more.

Take a look today. www.worldpianonews.com

guest post by David Crombie from www.worldpianonews.com

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - The Next Chapter


"Rhythm springs from the body and melody from the voice. But harmony, he taught me, springs from the mind."
(page 52, Kindle Edition)

"Several studies show that musicians tend to remain sharper in old age than those who do not have music in their lives. Those with musical training outperformed non-musicians in both visual and verbal memory tasks. It wasn’t only in aural memory that they exceeded the others; it was also in remembering what they read and saw as well." (page 52, Kindle Edition)

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Infographic: 10 Best Fitness Exercises & Stretches for Musicians


One important aspect of learning a new instrument that many students often overlook is keeping your body in good shape. Fortunately there are a few simple exercises that are especially beneficial for musicians, including posture work and arm strengthening. Check them out in the infographic below!

For more information on any of these exercises, visit the TakeLessons blog here.



guest post by TakeLessons.com

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