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Extended Techniques: Prepared Piano

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by jerry
Sticking with the theme of extended techniques, this week I'd like to take a look at the piano.  You're probably wondering, "What kind of extended techniques can a pianist use?"  Keep in mind that pianos are not just black and white keys.  When yo ... Read Full Article

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by jerry
At some point in their lives, every violin player learns at least an excerpt of a violin concerto.  A concerto is a standard 3-movement form of music that tends to be "fast-slow-fast".  They tend to be about 30 minutes in length, and one instrument ... Read Full Article

Extended Techniques on Violin

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 by jerry
In my last post, I discussed extended techniques used by many skilled flute players.  I also mentioned that plenty of other instruments can use extended techniques.  Violin is popular for extended techniques, just like the flute. Prepared Violin ... Read Full Article

Extended Techniques on Flute

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by jerry
When you think of the flute, what comes to mind? A lilting flute solo over a professional orchestra? The jazz flute? Believe it or not, the flute can do a lot more than just classical or jazz music. The flute became a very popular instrument for a ... Read Full Article

Victor Borge: Pianist and Comedian

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by jerry
This week, I decided to take a look at the piano from a humorous perspective. Victor Borge was a classical piano player who captivated his audiences through humor. Hailing from Denmark, Borge grew up in a family of musicians, so he started studying ... Read Full Article