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How to Listen Editor's PickWhen was the last time you listened to music? I mean, really listened? In our contemporary urban living we are surrounded by music, sounds and noises 24/7. It engulfs us everywhere, so much so that often when we are in a place which is truly silent we can feel uncomfortable, uneasy and confused....
Many guitar students avoid learning music theory and guitar tutors often say that it's not necessary to read music if you want to play tunes on the guitar. This is true, and I suppose it goes for other instruments too, but it does impose a limit on how fast you can learn and how deep your...
Deciding to learn a musical instrument can often seem like a daunting task, especially a brass instrument which can be extremely difficult at first. However, after learning the basic instrumental technique and how to read music, playing a brass instrument can be very enjoyable and satisfying,...
Anybody with even a slight creative bent has considered creating something, writing a story or a tune on the piano. For most, that’s as far as it goes, something stops us from finishing it or showing it to the world. Why does this happen? A lack of confidence or feeling of being under-qualified?...
Three desert island discs books for musicians and their teachers! The Chimp Paradox: Steve PetersThis book applies to all musicians and shares the author Steve Peters’ mind-management programme which aims to reverse the negative impact which fear and self-doubt can have on professional lives...
Terence Fletcher's unique approach to teaching time-keeping is best seen in the movie Whiplash. This is strongly advised against as it will surely bring nothing but discouragement. So instead of browsing the internet in search of your own personal militant coach, why not buy a metronome? Some...
Labelling, positively or negatively is never commendable. Teachers who categorize their pupils allow their own subjective opinion to take over, ignoring the individual character and the individual needs that lie beneath the surface of every person. There is no such thing as an intrinsically poor...
I like to believe that it is never too late to decide on a shift of careers if this will mean the pursuit of a true passion or more fulfilling lifestyle. Yet quitting a safe day job and starting something new requires courage, confidence and determination. If we speak of a shift to an artistic...
AbstractCgi motion capture disciplines incorporate various factors that have to be considered when producing and editing an accurate and believable deliverable. The most important factor, which is used for editorial purposes, is the process of key frame adaptive animation. The main use of...
‘Study Bach: there you will find everything’ -Johannes Brahms This thesis addresses the various technical and musicological factors that inform the performance of adapted or arranged works, using the contrasting examples of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6, which I will be performing on the (5...
Singing has always been an important part of my life. I moved to Germany when I was 9 - my father was a professional conductor and landed a job in one of the country's many...
Warm up exercises Although this article is largely going to be focused on clarinet warm up technique, the various methods described can be easily transferred onto any wind...
Everybody has dreams, ambitions, goals you want to achieve before you leave this world. Sometimes people may question you... what are you trying to do? Why are you doing this?...
The basic rule that 10,000 hours of practice are needed to become a master at anything can sound very daunting to a beginner. But is it really true? Obviously to become...
People take for granted the lettering in the signage and books and everything that surrounds us daily, but people may not realise just how much a designer pours over every...
A Climate of Possibilities. How does one create this ‘Climate of Possiblities’ to have an environment condusive to creativity for students to develop and thrive. I...
The Revelation of Self Editor's PickAs an acting teacher with a successful career as a director I have a unique perspective on what separates the winning audition from the rest. Without a doubt the most important...
As someone who’s gone to drama school not just once but twice (BA and MA) I have been through more than my fair share of drama school auditions. I have done it as a young naïve...
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