Happy st patrick’s day! the best part about this day is how it brings people together to make and celebrate music! i was so excited and @chloetrevor_violin asked about doing a video together. check out how well she does celtic ornaments (she literally learned this in less than 24hrs - so amazing!). i hope you enjoy our fun little duet version of the silver spear. ☘️ wishing you all a safe and music filled day. ☘️ #irishfiddle
Beethoven violin concerto - 2nd mvt ❤️ — shot on sony a6500
While i continue to be busy with college auditions, i also have some upcoming performances i have been preparing for. i'm playing the brahms violin concerto with the @rockfordsymphony just two weeks after my last college audition, so i can't delay the preparation. here's a clip of the opening of the first movement while milana and i were running it through this week. i love this concerto so much already!!! ❤️🎶❤️🎶 #brahms#bestconcertoever
My sister, one of the most wonderful and talented people i’ve ever met, @sophbav 💙, playing one of my favorite pieces of all time. she’s self-taught in her “spare time,” apart from working at a triple major and working for a law firm and being generally perfect in every way. hope this brightens your day as much as it brightened mine. #pianist#liszt#classicalmusician#inawe#tb
What are your thoughts on the state of originality in film scoring these days...? 🤔 i compile temp scores, temp soundtracks, soundtracks, and mere playlists. the latter is merely designed to stick to a theme, but my temp scores are carefully compiled to follow a narrative, scene-by-scene.
but there's been talk over the past couple of years whether #marvel films have such unmemorable scores because they have composers relying too heavily on temp scores. are they playing it too safe on purpose or has #filmcomposing gotten lazier over the years? i'd argue that ultimately, each of these #mcu films nonetheless have their own feel, which is what matters most. thoughts...? 🤔
Toluca mañana cumple 496 años, vengan a festejar con nosotros con un gran concierto donde el protagonista será el majestuoso órgano tubular de la iglesia del ranchito, mañana los esperamos a las 20hrs, en la iglesia del ranchito. entrada libre y gratuita.
Sunday afternoon snow-day project... what a difference 5 years makes!!! ☺️ i remember tackling this after my junior recital in undergrad and it literally took me an entire hour to figure out the double-stops in the just the first three measures, let alone the rhythm!! 🙈 (and then, i wisely decided on ysaye for senior recital instead-hah! 😂🙈👌🏼) today, i’m proud to say, i had all the correct notes in place, around the right time-ish, within the first five minutes of reading through this!!! 😅💃🏼😅 what a difference!!
some progress takes longer than others and sometimes the most dramatic difference takes place over of period of years, rather than weeks. it’s shown not so much in improvement of day-to-day practice but with how well you handle what you can’t prepare for as a musician... being able to figure so much of this movement out in such a comparatively short amount of time speaks to a level of musicianship that can’t be accurately measured in day to day practice. it’s a cool feeling.... ☺️ it seems like we’re presented with far more opportunities in everyday life to further critique our present level of playing, rather than sit back and see how far we’ve come...
something else that’s changed as i’ve matured as a musician is a higher-level commitment to the details. i know in my younger years i would have played through this, flipped off the short notes, flourished the runs, “ballparking” the rhythm with no regards (or understanding😱) of subdivision whatsoever... today, i happily curled up with my metronome on the 16th note, “taatataaaa-ing” like a madman/maniac. and it was fun! 🤓 (and now i realize why that weird subdivision ticky thing exists on this ridiculously fancy metronome of mine exists.) anyways, baby steps here, but the toolbox sure is a hell of a lot more full than it was last time :)
Expect it to be hard!!!
nothing has taught me this more than adding viola to the mix.... i take nothing for granted on this instrument, and that especially includes pitch!! i go into it expecting to have to work twice as hard to play in tune as the violin, and set my mind on accomplishing that. 👊🏼
i am constantly amazed at the mind/pitch connection, especially in my teaching. if you expect yourself to play in tune, that’s what you’re going to hear (regardless of whether that’s what’s actually going on or not...🙉) on the flip side, if you expect to hear out-of-tune notes when you’re playing, you will find these—>pitch can always be manipulated to a higher level, no matter how “good” you are at playing your instrument. what decides the level of intonation is how you choose to use your ears. 👂🎶👂 practicing listening concentration at a high level is always just as important as practicing our muscle-memory when it comes to pitch. the difference is all in one’s mind! 🎶🧠💥 #violinistprobs #violistprobs(!) #theprocesstoexcellence#100daysofpractice#keepshowingup#makeworkshopaddviolin
When you legit get more excited for receiving music in the mail than you do for opening presents christmas morning! 😂😂🙈🎁 so excited this finally arrived!! i find that the older i get, the less solo music i order... any time there’s extra in the budget, i’m always ordering new materials for my students to try out and justifying continuing to work off imslp copies for solo rep. no longer!! excited to have some hard copies moving forward :) #candy#pressies#newmusic#catsareexcited#violinistlife#andviolisttoo