My Experience of the Mike Block String Camp
When I applied to the MBSC Apprentice Track (AT) of the Mike Block String Camp, I really did not know what to expect. All I knew was that the music experience was learning-by-ear based.
That turned out to be so true. There were no charts or sheet music anywhere. Everyone relied on recording the session with … Read more
Get Out the Five String (Fiddle)
Getting out the old five-string means five string fiddle now. The strings give it the potential for both violin and viola. I believe that if you’ve had experience playing viola, the five string will make more sense than if you have only played violin or fiddle. It combines the tuning of the viola and the violin. It implies both. … Read more
Five Crushing Tips for Learning Fiddle
The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle, was published in 2009 and became a New York Times best seller. I remember reading it and talking it up with my students and colleagues as tips to learn fiddle. It revealed the concept of deep practice. And related that deep practice to “hotbeds” of talent development.
The book revealed how myelin wraps … Read more