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  • Can We Update Our Look To This Century….Please.
    What we wear on stage is the first thing audiences absorb. Before the first note is played, even before the orchestra tunes. As musicians filter onto a stage, they are showing the audience information. Why is this important to bring up? Because audie...
  • Sharing Creativity Creates Empathy
    Earlier this week was the 8th trip into Walker State Faith and Character Based Prison to present a recital. These recitals are interactive in that after each piece is performed, prisoners are invited to share their feelings, thoughts, impressions, an...

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  • Pausing for a Brief Intermission
    Happy Monday, Dear Reader! Just a quick note to say I’ve decided to take a short break from posting here. No doubt 2019 will bring plenty to talk about, but for now I’m going to put my blogging on the back-burner. I look forward to retur...
  • Midterm Limericks (November 6th!)
    So often when I turn on my phone, To see what the news has shown. I shake my head, I don’t like what I’ve seen and read, I reach for my nearest Côte du Rhone. But really the news makes think, About all the things that can happen in a bli...

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  • Staying in Touch with Non-Listeners
    Wow, it’s been a while.  Life/work has been very busy, but that’s no excuse for not pumping out a blog or two….or twenty. What has been so busy?  Well, at WFIU I’ve been expanding existing programs and creating new ones.  O...
  • I’m Not Playing Levine or Dutoit – And Neither Should You
    Almost two months ago, James Levine, after years of whispering and speculation, was finally accused publicly of sexual misconduct.  I already covered it.   In more recent weeks, Charles Dutoit has also been accused by several women of offense rang...

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  • Basics
    What if every music school or “conservatory” emphasized what’s really happening out there now as part of their basic teaching curriculum, instead of what was happening 15 years ago? – “classical” musicians are no longer limited to an ...
  • Reset
    Hello again. Sorry for the delay; most of you know know the reasons by now. Many have reached out to me directly with messages of empathy and support. I’m extremely grateful for that. So here I am again, maybe writing less each time but more often....

Double-Bass-Blog

  • How Pizzicato Articulation Works on the Double Bass
    Jazz bassist and educator Chris Fitzgerald put out a video recreating his 2019 International Society of Bassists convention presentation titled “Bachrilege – Pizzicato Articulation from Bach to Bebop.” This video is divided into the...
  • Double Bass News – July 19, 2019
    The Latest: From Beginner to Bandstand – a new Discover Double Bass course with Katie Thiroux – also check out our interview from 2018 with her A great new feature on Queensland Symphony Orchestra principal double bassist and past podcast...

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Brian-Dickie

  • South Africa
    The Table Mountain 6:15 pm Tuesday July 16 from downtown Cape Town I am now in South Africa for what I fully expect to be a fruitful series of auditions. In recent years we have found some outstanding talent here,...
  • Double Bill!
    A week of Fantasio - two performances, two casts. And what a pleasure it was to be at Garsington twice this week. I had been at a piano run of Fantasio last month, then the first stage and orchestra rehearsal....


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SticksandDrones

  • GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM
    Well, it’s happened. You’ve squandered another perfectly good practice session by reading this blog. The good news is that it’s the last time you’re going to be able to blame me for missing that F sharp 9 diminished arpeggio,...
  • CODA. MY LAST POST…FOR NOW
    The height of your success is determined by the depth of your foundation.. To wrap up what has been a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas, to have heated and deep discussions and some real fun, I first have to thank Drew McManus (Adaptistration) f...

Lynn Harrell

  • Thank you, Henri.
    Henri Dutilleux has died. His work as a musician and composer is, and like Stravinsky, will remain a pinnacle of accomplishment from our time; and given how long his creativity lasted, it is fair to say his achievements span multiple generations. I h...
  • Remembering Janos
    Sometimes we are caught unawares just how much someone meant to us over the years. While I intended to use a recent opportunity to offer tribute to the great Janos Starker after a performance with the Detroit Symphony this last weekend, it was during...

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