Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 28

Musical Role Models: Depressing or Inspiring?

  It seems there are two kinds of people in the world: those who react positively and those who react negatively in the presence of someone who is “better” at something than they are. For example, while observing a successful performer having accomplished a specific task, individual A might be discouraged and tempted to throw …

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Apr 26

OCS Scholarship Auditions

This past Sunday, April 22, the Oregon Cello Society held their annual scholarship auditions.  The auditions were open to students in Oregon and SW Washington.  The OCS auditions have several divisions and levels for students to participate in with awards at each level.  The major award that the students were vying for was the Bud …

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Apr 23

Stradivarius in the Attic?

So you’re at Grandpa’s house helping him clean out his attic.  While cleaning, you stumble across a dusty trunk and inside you find some old books, a quilt, and a violin.  At first, it doesn’t look like much, the bridge is missing and who knows the last time the strings were changes.  But wait!  Something …

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Apr 09

What’s That Shiny Lump of Tree Sap In My Violin Case?

Your new violin comes, you’re so excited. When you open the case, one of the things you notice inside is something that looks like a lump of tree sap. What is it? Rosin is a sticky subject. If you don’t get a grip on it, you won’t get very far in playing your violin, viola, cello …

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Apr 02

Stage Fright Tips: How to Overcome Performance Anxiety

Studies show that amongst a general list of “greatest fears,” there’s one in particular that consistently takes the cake. Surpassing a fear of spiders, heights, and even death, the act of public speaking (or performance) leaves most people shaking in their boots. “So, you’re telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be …

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