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Violin Playing Tips: Surviving Your First Audition

Learning to play in front of an audience can be tough, but playing for an audition can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences, especially your first time around. There are many violin playing tips to help you learn how to play, and how to listen to others in the orchestra, but many of those tips do not apply to an audition. No matter how good you are, nerves can be a huge factor. Unlike a concert where the audience is inclined to praise you because they are there to enjoy the music, an a … Read More
Violin Playing Tips: Surviving Your First Audition
Learning to play in front of an audience can be tough, but playing for an audition can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences, especially your first time around. There are many violin playing tips to help you learn how to play, and how to listen to others in the orchestra, but many of those tips do not apply to an audition. No matter how good you are, nerves can be a huge factor. Unlike a concert where the audience is inclined to praise you because they are there to enjoy the music, an a
Intro to Coloratura Singing | Exercises & Examples
Interested in opera singing? You may run into the word "coloratura" in your studies. Here, vocal instructor Molly R. will give you the inside scoop on what the term means, and what you need to know to get started with the technique...   Coloratura! A fancy word for a very fancy vocal device. Coloratura is ornamentation done in classical singing: think trills, big leaps, and intricate melismas (also known as vocal runs). The most intricate coloratura singing involves cadenzas, whic
Tips for Playing Piano Duets
Playing piano duets, or "four-hand piano," is a fun way to share your love for playing music! Buddy up with another pianist and get ready to make some rich and full sounds. If you've never played with another pianist before, let these tips for playing piano duets be your guide. Know Your Part Before you sit down together, decide if you'll be playing the high part (usually known as primo) or the bass part (known as secondo). You and your partner should spend some time practicing independe
53 Audition Words & Phrases You Need to Know | Musical Theater Tips
Come across like a professional at your next audition! Check out this glossary of important theater and acting terms, put together by voice/acting teacher Liz T...   Are you preparing for a musical theater audition? As you look at your materials, you may be wondering what a "cold reading" is, or which audition songs count as contemporary ballads. And even once you're past the audition (congrats!), you might find yourself backstage or on a movie set and hear the director shouting wo
7 Ways to Use Movable Guitar Scales to Write Solos and Riffs
Learning guitar scales prepares you for the fun of playing riffs and solos. If you know your scales but you don't know how to take the next step, try one of these tips from guitar teacher James W... You have 7 notes to choose from and the following 7 steps will help you in ways you cannot even predict. Most guitar players learn the basics such as the 5 basic major scale patterns in G major and go on to learn them in the other major keys as well. Perhaps you know what a pentatonic scale is in

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