Monday, November 11, 2013

Bach Masterclass -- Bringing the Adagio to Life with Roy Sonne

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Does your violin know how to dance?

Allegro!!! is an elite string performance ensemble of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School. An inventive and eclectic mix of music, dance, and video, Allegro!!! has been dazzling audiences in Chicago and beyond for nearly 20 years. Allegro!!! has performed at countless local events and also participated by invitation in recent performances for the National Suzuki Association of the Americas Biennial Conference in Minneapolis, MN and the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Atlanta, GA.

As a result of their performance at the American String Teacher Association's conference last March, the group was invited by Dean Marshall, Artistic Director of the world renowned phenomenon “Barrage”, to take part in a two week concert tour of China this summer. This trip will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students. Allegro!!! will be performing in the largest concert venues in Beijing, Hushou, Hangshou, Ningbo, and Shanghai. In addition to their concert performances, they will have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture and visit many of the country's most famous cultural and historic sites. This year's spring concert on May 11th will serve as benefit to support this upcoming trip.

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Miri Ben-Ari - Musical Ambasador from unexpected places a (playlist)

As a teenager I remember pulling out some of my favorite cover songs and wailing on them in the practice room.  But the guys in the local combo at school wouldn't have any of it.  Why would they want some chick with a violin under her chin up staging them.   But Miri doesn't let any thing hold her back.  She plays any kind of music she wants to and the guys in the band can say nothing about it.

Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy Award-Winning violinist, composer & producer, Goodwill Ambassador of Music for the United Nations Association of Brazil originally from Israel, has created her own unique sound – a revolutionary fusion of classical soul and dance music. She is recognized as a musical pioneer.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Symphony Of Brotherhood / Miri Ben-Ari ft MLK

Make a statement with your music.  Ben-Ari has something to say with her violin.  You can make a difference with your music too.  Miri tells her story on Huffington Post.

Judge her by the color of her Tone.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Practicing the fiddle for speed demons, super heroes and space life.

Practicing the fiddle for speed demons, super heroes and space life.

So you want to play fast pieces on your violin with out missing the notes and crashing on the hard parts.   Here's 6 steps to playing a hotter fiddle and impressing your friends from Dr. Roy.

Put them on your practice chart.

Cups: Anna Kendrick- Violin and Guitar Cover by David Wong and Bryan Mul...

David Wong

A wonderful young fiddle player and his friend.  Learn your scales and chord progressions in music theory so you can have fun creating your own fiddle covers with a great beat.  

Nice sticky ear tune guys.

Help the Adults in your life Discover Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Do you wish your parents under stood classical music the way you do?  The mission of George Marriner Maull is to help grown ups connect with Classical music at an emotional level.  You can find more of his short videos, like the video below on their  YouTube Channel.

On Vivaldi's Four Season they will discover that "The Song of the Wind" is not the first time the Cucoo made a musical appearance.   Maestro George and his Disovery Orchestra will help you point out some really cool things about classical music that make it more fun for everyone to listen for and enjoy.   He's kind of like Leonard Bernstein for adults.  Your dad will like him.

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 (Proms 2012)

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Co-Founded and lead by the famous conductor Daniel Barenboim played at the Royal Albert hall in July this summer (2012).  Here they are playing the Beethoven Symphony No. 6.   What is remarkable about this orchestra is that it is made up of young musicians who would never have the opportunity to meet let alone make music together if it wasn't for the great belief that Maestro Barenboim has that music can bring the world together, even when they are in conflict with one another.  Perhaps that is the most important time they need to be playing music together.  In this case it is young people from Israel and Palestine.   Note by note these young people are using music to change the world they live in.

Pacific Symphony: Symphony on the Air

Pacific Symphony: Symphony on the Air:

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Orange County can listen to their coastal symphony on the Radio at KUSC 91.5 on Saturday Evenings or on line at any time you please in the comfort of your own home.
So if you are spending a quiet Saturday evening with your family, liven things up a little bit and invite some symphonic musicians and their host Rich Capparela into your home.   Concerts will include fascinating interviews with the guest artist and symphony musicians which are not available to the people attending the concert until they get home.

USC’s Classical Public Radio can be heard in 7 counties, from as far north as San Luis Obispo and as far south as the Mexican border.

KUSC-FM 91.5 - Los Angeles KPSC-FM 88.5 - Palm Springs
KQSC-FM 88.7 - Santa Barbara KDSC-FM 91.1 - Thousand Oaks
KESC-FM 99.7 - San Luis Obispo

Go to the Pacific Symphony website under the Education tab for more information.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

What would your tone be like if you had to hold your bow with your elbow instead of your fingers? You might be surprised.

With out fingers like you and I have this violinist is faced with using every thing he can do with his elbow to make tone on his violin.   With the help of some technology a craftsman at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Center created so that he could hold the bow with some control.   In spite of this he is able to fill concert halls with a big sound.    It is a reminder to us all that tone on the violin lives in our elbows.   Maybe the rest of us have too many fingers between us and a deep tone.

You can learn more about Adrian and his projects to help others on his web site:    But first listen to this interview on CNN.   I think you will agree that his deep tone comes from a deep heart.

One handed violinist plays, helps others

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Who can tell me what a Hurdy Gurdy is?

Developed by medieval technology a Hurdy Gurdy was the first bowed instrument played with buttons and a wheel instead of a finger board and a bow.   It was a mechanical  cousin of the violin in its day.  A high tech musical instrument that can still be found even today.

First Example is a man playing the H.G. with a typical medieval tune.

In the next segment please pay no attention to the noisy men with the horns.   About 30 sec. in to the video you will see a modern high tech version of the H. G. played by a woman at a Festival in England.  She kindly explains how the instrument works and opens it up for you so you can see the wheel and how the buttons work.   Like many Indian instruments the Hurdy Gurdy gets it unique sound from built in resonating strings making it sound like a bag pipe with drones.

In French,  this man seems to explain his modern design improvements on the H.G.  This one appears to run on electricity so you don't have to crank it if you don't want to.  It has a nob for changing the speed instead.     The French must take their Hurdy Gurdies very seriously.  This instrument seems to have many adjustments which make it possible to play in many keys.

You can see the Hurdy Gurdy played in this one about 7 minutes into the recording.   You also get to see other bowed instruments which were contemporary with the H.G.   These instruments were popular with various cultures all around the Mediterranean Sea at a time when knowledge about the arts and sciences was spreading from the Middle East and South Asia.   Merchants and traders brought with them many of the first bowed instruments from the Silk Roads.

Hurdy Gurdies made it all the way to Ireland 1st and then many places in Europe.   Since the model he has is much simpler in design musicians had to create all their melodies in modes.   It would be like creating all of your scales and melodies using only the white notes on the piano.   Other instruments and voices could play the additional notes in the melody while the H. G. played the basic chords for the accompaniment.  More modern instruments with more buttons and levers allowed the Hurdy Gurdy to play more keys and melodies.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Luigi Boccherini: Minuetto (classical)

Study from Boccherini himself.   This Minuet can be found at the end of Book II in the Suzuki Method.   Have you looked up all of your Violin pieces on YouTube?   Find out what the original composers and performances are like.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Join The Listeners' Club | Timothy Judd

Timothy Judd is a violinist and violin teacher in Richmond Virginia who has a gift for writing about music. He writes a blog about Listening and the Suzuki Method and other musical interests.

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Boccherini writes quintet music for Castanets and Guitar

Bocherini wrote much more than minuets.   What baroque music was all the rage in both the Old & New World that people of every class and nationality wanted to participate?  Its the inspiration for this quintet.  But if you ask me its for 6.    The castanetist is very much a soloist in her own right.

Who were the first people to dance the Fandango in the Old World?

Who were the first people to play this music in the New World?

It makes exciting music for the 4th movement of Bocherini's   Quintet G. 448 in D Major played by The Carmina Quartet

Sistema NB performing "Ave verum corpus"

Young people like to do serious music too.   It is always touching to hear them express themselves with musical sincerity.

Monday, July 8, 2013

MOBILITY DEVICE - by Carmen Papalia

Music, the most integrative sensory experience. 

These Santa Ana, Marching Band students learning a lessons in Orientation Mobility.    Music gives us perspective in the experience of others.    How can you use music to assist someone with a disability?   Who is helping who in this video.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Orchestra - the Instrument ID game for the ears.

This link will take you to an animated illustration with the musical instruments played by charming characters.