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Practical tips from Lauren about becoming a better fiddler.

Deliberate practice: Teaching mindful musicianship

November 21, 2017

Deliberate Practice: Teaching mindful musicianship

One of the most important lessons I can bestow on students is teaching them how to practice. So often students and educators alike assume that if the material and concepts have been understood and attained during the lesson, then the student will automatically know how to work and improve at home by themselves. If only […]

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  • What should I practice?

    What should I practice?

    WHAT should you practice? It’s kind of a silly question, but it’s the most important. I mean, there are SO. MANY. THINGS. You could practice: new material, old material, technical facility, foundational building blocks like scales and arpeggios, improvising, composing, arranging, the list is endless. And while that can seem daunting, shifting your focus to […]

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  • The Gift of Music

    December 3, 2014

    It is truly winter here in Maine, and I’m writing you bundled up in my quilt with a cup of tea to stay cozy. One of the many things I love about the holidays is catching up and checking in with loved ones. Music has given me a huge network of friends and I’m so […]

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  • Three ways to keep practicing on a schedule

    August 13, 2014

    Practicing your fiddle regularly is a sure-fire way of building your skills. But how do you keep practicing on a schedule, especially when things get busy? Here are a few tips to make a regular practice schedule easy. 1. Keep your fiddle case open Obviously, find a safe place in your home for your fiddle […]

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  • How to get the most out of a really short practice

    August 10, 2014

    When you don’t have much time to practice, it’s important to use every moment efficiently. With a practice plan, you’ll start to hear your progress even when you can’t spend as much time with your fiddle as you’d like. Here’s one possible way to break down of 30 minutes of practice: 5 minutes: warm up […]

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  • Four ways to stay inspired

    August 3, 2014

    It’s the start of school year and a new season is here, so I’m thinking of ways to remind students of why they love this instrument. We need to harness that love and let it guide our daily practice. This can be difficult coming off of summer camps and informal schedules. Let me help! 1. […]

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