8 | back to practice after (no exaggeration) three naps yesterday 😴 you think you’re doing alright with a piece you’ve just picked up, only to be brutally reminded that your articulations and phrasings are non-existent and your intonation is not nearly as solid as you thought 😧
An excerpt from @andresmartin4783's Sueños - Mvt: Escape #NormaandJoe#practice#AndresMartin#Suenos ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I'm performing this movement in two weeks, and with all that I have going on, I'm happy I did an early run through today with my pianist. 😲 Sometimes playing with piano is like playing the piece for the first time! There's nothing like playing WITH another individual - no matter how well you know the music in your head. Now I know what I need to concentrate on... And it's a lot, unfortunately! 😭 #dontlosehope#practicemakesperfect#learning#gettingittogether ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
You might remember I posted an excerpt of this piece at the beginning of the year. The piece is only 5 minutes, but it presents a number of technical challenges. Knowing my crazy schedule, I got an early start, and boy am I thankful I did. I hope I can get it together in the next two weeks! #wishmeluck#earlystart#planningahead
Stoked to be rehearsing with the amazing @mikalashel27! Her flexibility, musicality, and joy for playing is making this such a fun collaboration! 🤗 Thank you, Michelle! #NormaandJoe#practice#rehearsal
It's been a real joy prepping this piece! Thank you, @andresmartin4783, for the gift! Y'all have seen a lot of solo prep videos of me lately. There are more to come as I have a few more solo perormances lined up in the next month. For those who know me, you know I have a REALLY busy schedule. I don't have the time to practice any where near the amount I want to. One of the things that has been amazing for me about Instagram is that this IG account keeps me honest - and in the practice room. Prepping for my Instagram family helps me prep for my public performances - one of the amazing things about this social media platform for me, personally! And my Instagram Fam is terrific: always helpful and supportive - reminding me of when I don't blink, asking - with grave concern - about my strange bow grip, and letting me know just how funny my face looks when I play 🤪. Thank you (and a special s/o to @jack for encouraging me to start this account!) #instagramfamily#preparation#accountability
The piece is the last movement (Escape) of Andrés Martín's, Sueños. I'm playing this at #SCOTUS as part of the @sphinxorg's celebration of its Medal of Excellence Recipients (of which I am one!). Here, I perform the piece memorized, but I don't know if I'm brave enough to do it... on my first go at this piece, ever... at the Supreme Court of the United States! 😳 What do you think?! 🤷🏾♂️ Y'all wish me luck on this crazy adventure! #sphinxorganization#supremecourt
Our shop is full of beautiful pieces, and one of them is this prototype cello back. Years ago, a pediatric dentist came to Anton Krutz wanting something special, a cello with a unique inscription reading, “In life I stood steadfast and silent, in death I sing sweetly.” Before detailing the real instrument in the second photo, Anton tested it out on the cello back in the first picture, which still hangs in our shop today. . . . #AntonKrutz#Cello#unique#latin#stringsspeak#violin#viola#doublebass
Jorge Roeder ( @jorge_roeder )
Practicing maintaining 8th-note momentum while playing unaccompanied has always been difficult to me. Without any other rhythm instrument to support you it makes the task pretty difficult. I’m trying to find which are the best tools I can use to keep grooving at a medium-fast tempo (or any tempo, for that matter). So far, hammer-ons, pull-offs and string-crossing techniques help. I like the momentum great bluegrass players can achieve, and I’m trying to incorporate that a little. #practice#bass#basstechnique#extendedtechniques#doublebass#doublebassist#thomastikinfeld#spirocore
Needing some inspiration for group lessons and activities?
This ‘Classophone’, demonstrated by Karen Kyriakou at our Teacher PD Day in February, shows a fun and interactive way of introducing improvisation in a group setting. It was super insightful and very engaging.
Find plenty of fantastic group lesson ideas in Karen’s book Strings Together. Thanks again for presenting Karen!
On to rough graduations of the cello back. The arch shape is essentially finished, so now I am carving out the inside of the back plate. I will refine it with finger planes (tiny planes that fit in my palm) and scrapers. At this stage I was just taking out the bulk of the wood, but the next stage is critical to the sound of the instrument. I will be measuring the thicknesses in various areas and tapping the plate to assess how it is transmitting sound. I will be refining it until the right kind of flexibility is achieved for optimal sound and playability.
Meet our cellist and co-founder, Magdalena Šustere @magdalena_sustere Originally from Latvia, Magdalena is a artist who is passionate about music in a wide variety of forms. From playing classical to World music, she finds joy in taking part in various projects such as Sonder Trio. Her passion is reflected in her versatile career, encompassing the baroque, classical, and modern genres, as well as opera, gospel, musicals, world music, jazz, and improvisation.
Magdalena serves as freelance studio recording artist, educator, chamber and orchestral musician. Her musical goal is to give voice through music to people who has no voice and represent them! Music is a heavenly thing so it should change people’s lives.
Her favorite things is to collaborate, spend time with friends, traveling and learning about new cultures, and snacking some good food!