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Caprice No. 17, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37 by Joachim Andersen

Lesson Focus: Controlling the volume of higher pitches Find the music for this one HERE. This etude provided a great opportunity to address a fundamental that is often overlooked in students until they become very advanced. The consistent writing of the second note higher than the first in each group of four eighth notes providesContinue reading “Caprice No. 17, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37 by Joachim Andersen”

Caprice No. 15, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37, Joachim Andersen

Lesson Focus: Mordents Find the music for this one HERE. I found this etude to be a nice little oasis somehow. I suspect my brain enjoyed the key signature after the previous few etudes required more concentration in that arena. The tempo of this etude is also very manageable and I found it relaxing toContinue reading “Caprice No. 15, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37, Joachim Andersen”

Caprice No. 14, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37, Joachim Andersen

Lesson Focus: Articulation and Pulse Find the music for this etude HERE. This is a great study. It is melodically interesting and the marked dynamics provide a sense of melody and accompaniment that I found fun to explore and I would encourage you to do the same. By and large the most valuable fundamental toContinue reading “Caprice No. 14, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37, Joachim Andersen”

No. 13, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37 Joachim Andersen

Lesson Focus: Rhythmic accuracy. Find the music for this one HERE. Originally I found this one a challenge because of the key signature and the very long, very repetitive writing.  The rhythmic challenges are very important, as it’s a common pitfall to play rhythms that oscillate between triplets and dotted eighth sixteenth notes inaccurately. BeginContinue reading “No. 13, 26 Little Caprices, Op. 37 Joachim Andersen”

When Sound Became Too Much to Bear

Can you imagine what it would be like to have the volume of normally insignificant sounds become unbearable? Read on to discover Sara Hahn-Scinocco’s journey with hyperacusis.

“Shame Triggers” that Come with a Career in Music

“Shame Triggers” that Come with a Career in Music With the end of the orchestra season approaching, it seems the appropriate time to take stock of the past year.  Personally, I felt a roller coaster of emotions attached to the 2015-2016 orchestra season, from the highest level of musical connection and joy, to moments ofContinue reading ““Shame Triggers” that Come with a Career in Music”

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