Day 122 of #100daysofpractice !
When you get all of your friends to practice with you! 😄 I cannot believe how many of you entered my contest!! I was completely blown away and I seriously started to tear up seeing you guys put your all into playing my arrangement ❤️😭 I know I said I was going to pick one video, but I couldn't choose, and decided that since it's World Violin Day I should try to include as many of you as I could! I couldn't fit everyone unfortunately (there were so many!😱) but there will be more contests in the future! I'll also be sending a surprise to everyone who entered with a full video, so keep an eye out in your IG inbox! Thank you guys so much! This has meant the world to me! ❤️❤️❤️
🎻It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas arr. for 2 violins by Chloé Trevor
Day 124 of #100daysofpractice ! I finally finished this video! Now I'm going to go see Star Wars The Last Jedi!!! YAAAS!!! 🔥🔥🔥
🎻Williams: Star Wars - The Imperial March arr. by @chloetrevor_violin
Thank you @keepviolinin for my lightsaber bow!!❤️
Day 123 ABC of #100daysofpractice !
Playing around with some Vivaldi Winter just for fun because ya know - it's that time of year 😄 I've written out some tips on spiccato since I get asked for help with that technique a lot. I know, I know.. I need to make a YouTube video.. 😪
The end of this video includes an old video I posted once to demonstrate the hand, arm, and finger motion used in spiccato. Find more tips and tricks under #chloesviolinlessons !
1. Each bow has a similar but slightly different bouncing point. You can find the bouncing point on yours by balancing your bow on one of your index finger. Wherever you can get the bow to balance is where it will bounce the best.
2. Spiccato is something the bow does almost entirely by itself. The bow is designed to bounce. Of course you need to be there to hold it and give it some horizontal motion, but the rest it pretty much does on it's own. Try holding your bow slightly above the strings near the middle then let your bow drop onto the strings but without any horizontal arm motion. You will notice the bow wants to bounce without your help. Getting used to the feeling of dropping your bow onto the string and letting it bounce freely will actually help your spiccato a lot once you learn to combine that feeling with a firm but flexible bow hold.
3. Your right hand should be slightly tilted/rotated towards the pinky. Another way to phrase this is lean the weight of your hand towards the pinky rather than the index finger. Putting weight into the index finger is what helps you create a smooth and continuous tone. Taking the weight off of the index finger will allow your bow to do the opposite and bounce more naturally.
4. Finger motion is required for spiccato but the main motion comes from your arm (I slowed down the 16th notes while playing to demonstrate this). Remember the basic motion of bowing in the middle which is opening and closing your arm from the elbow. Spiccato is simply making that motion smaller and faster until the bow jumps off the string. You use your fingers to play, but like legato bowing you only move them enough to keep your bow straight. Your arm does the rest.
Happy Practicing! ❤️
Although it's been said many times, many ways - Merry Christmas to you! ❤️❄️🎄🎁 I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season! What are your favorite parts about this time of year? I've always loved making cookies and sitting in front of the fireplace ☺️🍪🔥
🎻The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) arranged for violin and orchestra by Bob Krogstad
#tbt to Duel of the Fates!
Pretty excited for The Last Jedi this weekend @claralydiaj 👀🍿📽
Watch me whip! Now watch me... neigh.. neigh...?
When performing these "whinnying" glissandos it's important to keep your left arm and hand relaxed. You have to secure the finger enough to keep it on the string but the rest of the arm should be loose enough that you can pull it back naturally.
Essentially you are making a large "vibrato/pulsing" motion with your finger while pulling back your hand. It is a bit easier if you extend your wrist back a bit, but this position is bad for your wrist health so do it as little as possible to gain the intended effect. Once you have pulled your hand back to third position make sure that you leave your wrist where it is and pull back your fingers to get back to a neutral wrist position (watch for this in the video).
There are a couple of ways to practice these glissandos. It seems like a very virtuosic, tossed-off "effect", but because playing violin is all about measuring distances you actually need to practice playing all of the notes in the gliss. Start by practicing each note in the chromatic scale with single bows, pulling your finger securely to each pitch, then start adding slurs until you can play the whole run slowly in one bow. Another good trick is to practice the run in rhythms (long/short : short/long).
After you are comfortable with the chromatic run you can begin adding the "vibrato" effect. Begin on the top note and make your vibrato wider and wider until you feel you hand making a shaking/pulsing motion, then pull your hand back. Imagine someone tied a string around your wrist and is pulling it back towards them. It will probably sound pretty wild and crazy at first, but the more you work on it the more controlled and pristine you will be able to make it sound. Just remember not to practice this technique too long in one sitting because it is hard on your wrist.
Find more tips and tricks under #chloesviolinlessons !
🎻Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Russian Dance
This man has shown me such a brighter path than i was heading. People say im strong and level headed but i wouldnt be without him. He has carved out structure that i never had in my life. Teaching me to never give up and practice does really make prefect. Practicing your rudimentary skills every day and practicing not what you can play but cant and always find new spots to fix. Then apply this to everything in life.
This year we have worked as a team to move classes along and make them better. Im not prefect or a professional but i do know that i could be one day and to never let go of what im passionate about. One day i will come back and teach where i found myself.
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
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Listening 'Personalities' from #FabianAlmazanTrio (2011). Debut album from the Cuban-born pianist Fabian Almazan. His trio includes the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Henry Cole. On the picture is presented the CD, but the music can be listened on bandcamp.com and it is possible to buy a digical copy from the site. At the time of "Personalities", Almazan was a rising star (I suggest an article about the album in www.allaboutjazz.com). Now, it is clear that he is a well-established figure and an original voice of contemporary jazz. This year, "Alcanza" proved to be solid. On 'Personalities' it starts with a very interesting composition from Shostakovich, "String Quartet No. 10", which includes classical instruments and electronic sounds, demonstrating that, even at that time, he was unafraid to mix classical, Latin, post-bop and modern sensibilities to form a coherent whole: the whole album mixes various styles, creating a modern piece of work. I like the keyboards on HUGs (of course, as mentioned, HUGSs means "historically underrepresented groups"). The piece "The Vicarous Life" is a favorite, with its mesmerizing melody and the quick runs on the piano. Ten compositions are presented: seven originals, including the piece from Shostakovich, one composition from Carlos Varela and another from Antonio Maris Romeu. In the liner notes, Almazan writes: "This music is a reflection of the people and personalities I have encountered throughout my life". Obviously, he met interesting persons, and he is also a good storyteller. Personnel: Fabian Almazan [Arranger, #Composer , #Piano , #Pianist , #PianoPlayer , Producer, #FenderRhodes , #Electronics ]; #HenryCole [#Drums#Guiro ] Megan Gould [Violin]; Noah Hoffeld [#Cello ]; #LindaOh [#Bass#Bassplayer#AcousticBass ]; Meg Okura [#Violin ]; Karen Waltuch [#Viola ]; #FabianAlmazan#MeganGould#NoahHoffeld#MegOkura#KarenWaltuch#AntonioMariaRomeu#DmitryShostakovich#CarlosVarela#cubanmusic#jazz#inmycollection#nowplaying#BiophiliaRecords
Day 125 of #100daysofpractice !
My good friend and principal harpist of the @dallassymphony, @lemonylevin played some Christmas music on stage at the Meyerson with me before our third to last holiday concert for the season! I've also convinced her to take the 100daysofpractice challenge and she says she'll be starting soon so go check her out at @lemonylevin and don't miss it! 😋
🎻It Came Upon a Midnight Clear "It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing."
Little clip from the last #Malnoia show! Who’s coming to our next one in Amsterdam?
Way to go @foothills_philharmonic. Thank you @vriezek for entertaining and artistically directing this fun concert. @simonevlbeach, world traveler :) and concertmistress made sure all went well. Thank you for an enjoyable evening @wolfeh124 @upstatemusicstudio. Did I miss anyone?
Musica Dolce Youth String Ensemble had its first concert today as our group of 9. 3 violins, 2 violas (me), and 4 cellos not counting our percussionist and we did amazing, opening with Mozart’s Eine Kline Nachtmusik and ending with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. I love you @foxi_z and I’ll see you on January 6th! ❤️ (Finn was great today, wild but great, and we did some liberty training, and I taught him to extend his front leg out to me if I tap it and I click at him. We finished it off with a quick ride bareback and he took off with me so, yay?) -