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Ever had those moments when you grab your fiddle (or dive into your favourite activity) and feel like you’re hitting a wall? I’ve been there, and lately, quite a few of my students have shared similar frustrations with me. There are a couple of things at play here. First off, when we’re performing or practicing […]

Finding the Tempo: Balancing Fast and Slow Practice

February 7th, 2024 by Katherine Moller

As musicians, we often find ourselves caught between the exhilarating rush of speed and the serene precision of a slower tempo. Delve into the art of finding balance, honing our skills, and embracing the unique charms of both fast and slow practice.

Hey there, folks! It’s the beginning of 2024, and I’ve gotta say, I love the start of a new year! Currently just finishing a well-deserved Christmas break (two weeks off, woohoo!), I’m feeling recharged and totally ready for what this new year has in store. So, I’ve been diving into this book called “10X is […]

You may remember from a couple of weeks ago that I was preparing for a concert, and I was struggling with one of the pieces. I’m writing this as a followup to my last post, Overcoming Defeat: My Process for Musical Success, so read that first if you’d like to hear more about the initial […]

Overcoming Defeat: My Process for Musical Success

September 28th, 2023 by Katherine Moller

Last Friday marked another rehearsal day with my baroque ensemble. A few weeks earlier, we’d had our first rehearsal, and I’d dedicated myself to daily practice in between. I’d taken it slow, worked with my metronome, and invested countless hours trying to get each piece of music sounding perfect. The initial part of the rehearsal […]

Why Every Violinist Needs a Little Playtime

September 6th, 2023 by Katherine Moller

Grab your instrument, and let the music take you wherever it pleases, without the weight of judgement or objectives. It’s like musical freedom for the soul, a reminder of the pure, unadulterated joy that music brings to our lives.

This past week, one of my adult students, who has been playing fiddle for a few years now, told me that she feels frustrated because whenever she tries to go faster everything kind of falls apart. I think that all of my adult students relate to this frustration. Let’s start with the bad news: playing […]

Do you ever feel like just not being bothered getting your fiddle out? Trust me, we have all been there! Recently I was talking to one of my classes about ways to keep your motivation up! One approach to consider is playing music with others. It is much harder to get your violin out and […]

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