Originally posted on Learning Strategies for Musical Success:
The inflexible and automatic knowledge gained through repetition is the foundation of expert performance, but be warned—repeat carefully! The learning brain does not distinguish between good and poor habits but learns whatever we repeat. Repetition creates permanence, and habits are difficult to correct. In particular pay attention to…


The Sassmanshaus web site has a lot of very clear explanations to some of our fundamental problems. This one struck me as particularly valuable for a few of my students…! Intonation – Violinmasterclass. (The picture is Clare, my wife, and I rehearsing, because I have always admired her obsession with intonation – something to do […]

Some more good practising advice! I don’t normally read anything in the Telegraph these days – far to right wing for me, but there are sometimes things worth looking at… I particularly like the image of the performer as pilot, having been an engineer in practice! Keep working, but keep thinking while you do!


I expect there will be more, under my own steam, but in the meantime here are details of the courses at Pro Corda. I am teaching, (obviously!), on the violin course, at the start of September. Let me know if you would like to know more! http://www.procorda.com/courses/core/conservatoire-18-yrs-plus#.UoQGGaW0gpE

St Mary's Poster

On 28th September I will be joined by Clare Hayes, violin, Paul Silverthorne, viola (http://www.paulsilverthorne.com) and Katherine Jenkinson, cello (http://www.katherinejenkinson.com) for a concert at St. Mary’s Church, Standon, (Near Ware, Hertforshire, UK for international readers). We will be playing two serenades: Kodaly’s for 2 violins and viola, and Dohnanyi’s for String Trio. Both these works will join […]


I am back at St. Leonard’s again this year, on the 3rd August. Quite possibly the 6th year in a row! This year for an evening of string chamber music: Haydn String Quartet Op. 42, Borodin 2nd Quartet and Mendelssohn Octet. I will be joined by Ruta Labutyte, Enrico Alvares and Mark Walkem for the […]

Course Concert Flyer

Course Concert Flyer Do come along if you are in the area!


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