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What is a Musical Audition

April 28, 2020

Auditioning A musical  audition has been defined as a short performance given by an actor, dancer, or musician so that a director or conductor can decide if they are good enough to be in a play, film, or orchestra (1).  The audition provides a systematic process in which industry professionals select performers.  In some ways… Read More ›

Introducing John Milton Cage, Jr.

John Milton Cage The early road to contemporary music is paved with the works of John M. Cage, an American avanat-garde composer whose works display inventiveness and unorthodox ideas. A college dropout, Cage traveled to Europe where he fell in love with abstract art and music.  His career in music began by teaching ladies about… Read More ›

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The Importance of Violin Bowing

What is Violin Bowing Violin bowing is the term used to describe the way in which a musical phrase or passage is to be executed or the signs by which the phrase or passage is usually marked.   Appropriate violin bowing is absolutely necessary if the musical phrase or passage is to be rendered correctly and… Read More ›

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Celtic Influences in Song Structure

  Listen to Track 3 from the album Celtic Fantasy as you read the review. Buy it Now Reprint of an AllMusic Review of Daniel Kobialka’s Celtic Fantasy by Larry Belanger “Daniel Kobialka takes his violin techniques, which incorporate a special warmth and subtlety of phrasing and intonation described by Arthur Fiedler, and adds a bit of Celtic structure… Read More ›

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To Fret or Not to Fret

Frets     A fret is a metal strips embedded along a fret board. Frets are placed at points dividing the scale length by a specific mathematical formula (2). Standard classical guitars have 19 frets and electric guitars between 21 and 24 frets. Each set of twelve frets represents an octave. The twelfth fret divides… Read More ›

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