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Archive for February, 2013

Am I Normal? The Question all Fiddle Students Ask

February 18th, 2013 by Katherine Moller

Recently I have been asked the same question several times. “Do others of your students have this same problem?” “Is my child learning at a normal speed?” This is fascinating! These are students of all ages, so this seems that we don’t grow out of this concern as we grow older. Many times I have [...]

Tips & Tricks: Overcoming The Dreaded Plateau

February 18th, 2013 by Katherine Moller

Recently a student of mine was getting very frustrated because she was working really hard, practicing regularly, and felt that she was not improving. I have been through this many times over the past 20 years. We all think that progress should be a smooth curve, like the image I have included here. It is [...]

Hope for the Future: What I Learn from my Fiddle Students

February 5th, 2013 by Katherine Moller

Today while I was teaching I started thinking about the future, and in particular, my future. I began thinking about this as I was teaching a new beginning student, a man 80 years of age. I teach students of all ages (today my youngest student was 4, and you have already met my oldest) and [...]

Tips & Tricks: 4 Steps to Memorizing Fiddle Tunes

February 4th, 2013 by Katherine Moller

Memorization has been a hot topic recently on music blogs. I love playing music from memory! I feel more confident, prepared, and also feel more freedom if I am not having to read sheet music. Having said that, the situation is key. By this I mean that I usually perform solo repertoire and fiddle tunes [...]

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