As a beginning string musician, you have a lot of stuff to learn. In addition to holding your instrument properly and training on how to actually make sounds with it, if you’ve never studied music before, you must learn to read it. Just like any language, music is written and read.
The orchestra is the ultimate ensemble. Musically, it can do almost anything – and it’s capable of expressing every imaginable emotion. But if you’re an inexperienced music orchestrator, or you’re used to writing for virtual instruments, how do you make a real life orchestra sound good?
If you are writing for a professional group (e.g. Kronos, Arditti) they’ll want something which is highly artistic.
At whatever age and level of accomplishment the players may be, the basics of quartet playing are the same.
If any supposedly equal member of a string quartet is going to be overlooked, it is bound to be the second.
Intelligent, modest, self-controlled, sympathetic: a description of all good second violinists from The Strad
No one said that living in a quartet was easy - but the most successful groups develop a unique identity that survives vitriolic relationships and even personnel changes.
The past three decades have seen a seismic shift in the string world. The general public’s increased awareness of electric-bowed stringed instruments used by mainstream artists.
I have taught instrumental music for 38 years – covering ages 4 to adult – but middle school has always been a part of my teaching assignment. One technique that has proven very beneficial.