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'Sight-Reading' music is the process of playing something whilst you're looking at it for the very first time. When you sight-read, you have to play the music as accurately and expressively as you can - even though you've never seen it before! Sight-Reading Is Like Reading Aloud Sight-r (Read more)
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I taught a lesson today to a very experienced folk fiddler who could to play at a reasonably advanced level. He could read music, albeit a bit unsteadily, so I initially assumed he knew the key signatures and other musical theory too. But as a teacher, it’s good practise to check a learner (Read more)
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The circle of fifths is a musical theory tool that has its roots firmly in mathematics. It explores the relationships between those musical intervals that are most pleasing to the ear, based on discoveries made by the mathematician Pythagoras two and a half thousand years ago. Pythagoras discover (Read more)
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All about sight-reading, why it's important, and a checklist to help you get things right first time! From Sight to Sound ... 'Sight-reading' is the term used to describe the reading and performing of music without any previous preparation; to sight-read is to play, or sing, or 'hear in ou (Read more)
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  When you first start learning the violin, you will also start learning to read music. To a musician, written music is like an actor’s script. It tells you what to play, when to play it and how to play it. Music, like language, is written with symbols which represent sounds; from the most bas (Read more)
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  Listening is one of the most important skills you can have. How well you listen has a major impact on your effectiveness at work, your relationships and your musical practice. Listening enables you to learn, to obtain information, to understand and to enjoy, yet it can often feel like an abs (Read more)
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One of the most crucial decisions to the performance and interpretation of any piece of music is the speed. Getting the speed right allows room for all the intricate levels of technique and expression to work; it creates the mood, tells the story and allows the music to dance. When we play in an (Read more)
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  The word dynamics in music refers to the volume of the sound or note. Dynamics are part of the vast array of musical expression and interpretation marks written into music. Dynamic markings do not represent specific values of volume; they are relative, depending on many factors, from the size o (Read more)
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Sight Reading for Violin  “The ability to sight-read fluently is a most important part of your training as a violinist, whether you intend to play professionally or simply for enjoyment. Yet the study of sight-reading is often badly neglected by young players and is frequently regarded as no mor (Read more)
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  For at least the last two thousand years, the majority of composed art music in the Western world has been made up of two or more simultaneous musical sounds or pitches. The name given to this combination of sounds is harmony. Most descriptions of harmony focus on Western music but harm (Read more)
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  Finding new music to learn is a huge part of studying the violin, and if you want to expand your music library without spending a fortune there are several ways to find free easy violin sheet music. During your lessons, your teacher will guide your choice of repertoire and help you progress (Read more)
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