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If you feel like your music practice has you going in circles, in this Violin Geek Podcast series we cover several tips that can help you improve your practice and performance, including the importance of taking care with phrase endings, ideas for strengthening the pinkie, practice techniques to keep the mind engaged and the practice material fresh, and finally, a discussion about "first impressions" - Have you ever thought about how the first impression you make is not your first note? With more symphonies and even youth orchestras now holding blind auditions (where the candidate stays behind a screen the entire time so the judges can't see or know anything about the musician in question, only what he or she sounds like), we have to accept that posture, body language, dress, etc. plays a role in any performance situation.

Monday April 28th, 2014

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