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Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on février 20, 2016

When I think about fast playing one of the neglected factors is the release of muscle tension after the action. Muscles move the finger but immediately release so that the finger can return to a ready position. Holding a finger with muscle tension inhibits most of the future potential movements. There is lots of...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on février 8, 2016

I am getting ready for a concert, practicing daily and have performed all the music for audiences at least twice. A couple of passages have often caused trouble, which was irritating given the amount of time and effort went into learning them. During one piece* it finally occurred to me today that I could breathe a...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on février 1, 2016

For 20 years I have been trying to use less force as I play guitar and it is finally paying off. At times I can show my students how to look, how to play a passage without exerting needless force. I can shorten some notes without worry, hearing them but still feeling the meaning behind. In fact I have invested more...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on janvier 18, 2016

At the age of 16, my guitar teacher suggested that I play at a café-fundraiser for a theatre group*. It was in the basement of a church somewhere in the central Toronto. Coming from the suburbs on a late fall night was a little scary, riding a streetcar, looking at old buildings and hoping to get off at the correct...

Portrait de mjames12
on janvier 13, 2016

The original post appears on my personal blog:
http://mathewsjames.blogspot.ca/2016/01/what-if-strangewas-cool.html

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on janvier 12, 2016

An author was asked about the idea[s] behind her new book. She - Fred Vargas - replied that though she planned her books and set out to write about certain things the words themselves directed the work in the end. While working she found certain phrases wound up on paper and forced the work to follow. You don’t...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on janvier 12, 2016

My most profound musical memories are of playing in large ensembles and I was lucky to have been able to sing Vivaldi’s Gloria in high school. Privileged to have played through a Beethoven’s third Symphony later that same year. Reflecting upon this, the fact that all of my previous recording projects have included...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on novembre 6, 2015

This box we play, made of wood from various places in my own case: cedar top from British Columbia. rosewood back and sides from Brazil, ebony fingerboard from Africa and mahogany neck from Mexico. This range is remarkable, the result of international trade but the masterful skill a luthier uses to finish a guitar...

Portrait de Barbara Pritchard
on mars 23, 2015

I am drowning in traditional string repertoire at this time of year. (I work as an accompanist at Dalhousie University's Fountain School of Performing Arts.) In an attempt to regain some perspective, I have started work on my next solo show: FANTASTIC! It's a program of piano fantasies by Canadian composers.