Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Music and your brain – the science of change

Music is like tune up software for your brain.  It gives you access to the full power of your brain.  But it takes time to install.   Keep pouring it in while you practice.

You need to persist for about two years before it starts showing the results.  So get started yesterday.  The earlier the better.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Leah Flynn - The Prayer by David Foster

Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Tone. --Shinichi Suzuki.

Maybe, Music will save the world. -- Pablo Casals

Don't wait till evernote is perfect.  If you have it in your heart, it will be beautiful.  Never hesitate to do good with your music.  I was so touched by this performance.  When Leah plays, every note is a prayer.   Thank you for sharing.

After you listen to this heart felt performance read her Leah's story.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Casals Speech at Suzuki Concert

In cause you are wondering, Pablo Casals really did make this speech in Japan after a Suzuki Concert.  So much wisdom for the world. "Maybe, Music will save the world".  And all of our ears hang on to that thought.  Such a generous man Pablo Casals was.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Just in: Suzuki empire strikes back at fraud allegations – Slipped Disc

Thanks to Suzuki Sensei, the world is filled with talented fiddle players and young people who aspire to play the violin.  Playing the violin is accessible to a growing number of people.  It is a god send to those who would publish their own method books as they can ride on his wake with very little marketing. 

MOC should be cheering all the way to the bank as he has profited more than any other American musician from this convenience, yet it is not enough for him.  Sadly, he is a great success, yet he does not seem to recognize it himself.  Tell the angry man in your dreams to stop yelling at you MOC.  You deserve to be a happy person.

What made Suzuki Sensei a genius is that he saw what everyone else overlooked about creating musicians and set about discovering a solution. He did more than anyone else in the 20th century to democratize musicianship.less

If you do something that is truly successful you do not need to disparage anyone else to make sure the world will notice.  If you do something really great for the world they will notice.

Lastly some people don't realize that the internet is only a starting place for information.  Suzuki Sensei became a success long before the internet was available.  He never needed to publish this much information about himself to do his lifes work.  If you are really interested in learning more, knowing some Japanese helps considerably.   The internet can not hold everything that he has accomplished.  You have to live a full century to do that much.

Just in: Suzuki empire strikes back at fraud allegations – Slipped Disc:

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Inside the Quartet -

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Communication in ensembles is important.  How do you communicate with fellow musicians?

Follow the link to the Quartet and listen and watch how the members of the Kronos Quartet cue each other in performance.

"Founded 40 years ago, the Kronos Quartet has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do, commissioning hundreds of new works that have brought jazz, tango, experimental and world music into the genre. The string quartet, based in San Francisco, has released 57 albums, sold more than 2.5 million of those recordings and has become a mentor to several generations of quartets that have followed in its innovative wake."
"One day earlier this year at a studio in downtown Manhattan, the members — David Harrington and John Sherba, violinists; Hank Dutt, violist; and Sunny Yang, cellist — were game for an experiment: to create a video that would serve as a new way to explain the special mystery of how a quartet communicates. ​ They found themselves surrounded by a battery of laptops, video cameras and microphones as well as sensors that turned their movements into data that eventually rendered the players kind of as "dot clouds" who would appear and disappear according to their individual participation in the music. "
Suddenly, they began discovering things they were doing unconsciously to cue each other into the musical entrances.