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‘Let It Flow!’
Have you ever played your instrument and become so completely immersed in its sound that it becomes a purely sensory experience? This is essentially what happens when you are ‘practising-in-flow’, a skill developed by German violinist/psychologist Andreas Burzik to help musicians both practise and perform. Recently I spent a day with him in Bremen (Germany) learning this technique. By practising-in-flow you learn to not only ‘play’ your instrument but to ‘feel’ it. It is a way of practising based almost entirely on sensory input rather than mental instructions. You learn to trust your body to tell you what it needs….
How I Teach The Bass
My teaching methods have changed markedly over the years, partly through experience but also from my solo work and commissioning many new works for double bass. Three of my teachers (Laurence Gray, Bronwen Naish and František Posta) have had an important influence on my approach, each bringing different perspectives to the instrument and allowing me to develop my own style from their excellent examples. I began teaching whilst still a student at the Royal College of Music in London and have combined it with my career as a soloist, chamber musician and publisher. I quickly realised how much I enjoyed…
The left hand – harnessing the power of the thumb
Professor Jan Sedivka, who had few peers in his knowledge of the workings of the left hand, left an important legacy of thought on the subject. Here are some of his ideas on tackling the problem of left hand asymmetry. Gleaned from my experience in teaching as his assistant for ten years and also from the video tapes he made in the early eighties, this brings together at least some of his ideas in what I hope will be an ongoing set of articles. In playing the instrument, we are required to reach a note or a group of notes…