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Terrible tremors: embracing your violin bow shakes

Ask any violinist about the first time they got “the shakes” in a performance, and they’ll respond with the name of the piece: the Schubert Fantasie. Shostakovich 8th quartet. Mendelssohn concerto. And since this week’s repertoire at the LA Philharmonic is Mahler’s ninth symphony, the grand-daddy of all shaky pieces, those terrible tremors have been lurking about! …

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Seth Hanes

The one thing you can start doing today to become a better performer

Nathan’s note: This week I’m thrilled to introduce my friend Seth Hanes, who runs The Musician’s Guide to Hustling. Seth is a horn player in Philadelphia, and a few years ago he found himself wanting more and better gigs. So he made it happen, and now he writes about how you can make it happen. His system shows …

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Only 14 finished my New York Philharmonic violin audition Challenge!

300 violinists started my Challenge. What did it really take to make it to the finish line? To read my original post introducing the New York Philharmonic Audition Challenge, click here. Preparing for an orchestra audition takes it out of you. You get knocked down, banged up, and stressed out. Your chances of victory are slim, since …

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