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  1. Norwich Baroque

    When I started lessons with Fiddle Guru, I knew that he was a baroque specialist as well as playing in a ceilidh band, but I didn't know about Norwich Baroque.

    John has always been a fan of baroque music. I have always liked it too, but wasn't deeply into it. However, as John had started playing Bach on his piano, I looked around for some baroque music locally, and we found that a group called Norwich Baroque was putting on a concert as part of the Wymondham Music Festival. John looked
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    Updated Jun-01-2016 at 19:37 by Ingélou

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  2. The Wilbert Fiasco

    I had lessons with Wilbert from October 2013 until the following summer. Fiddle Guru was going on tour with English Touring Opera and I faced 3 months without a teacher - & I'd always felt miffed at having to give up my plans for taking music exams.

    Wilbert had been recommended to me by a colleague, & I sent him an email. He rang up and we discussed what I hoped to achieve; he told me he was good at preparing people for exams and going through techniques methodically, and he
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    Updated Jun-01-2016 at 19:37 by Ingélou

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  3. Klezmer



    I first played a Klezmer tune out of a child's music book that I was studying with Stella. I liked it, but when she said that 'Klezmer uses different rules', it just confirmed my idiotic idea that Klezmer was the name of a provocative composer. Then, just before Christmas 2013, Fiddle Guru played me a tune out of Ilana Cravitz's Klezmer tutor, and I learned the truth. I felt so silly, but ever after I
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    Updated Apr-20-2015 at 12:20 by Ingélou

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  4. On the use of mp3s

    The Use of mp3s


    Fiddle Guru is a technowizard & I do feel that now is a wonderful time to be learning music - with so many aids, like YouTube, Discussion Boards, Online-Tutors etc.

    My teacher thinks quite rightly that a violin pupil cannot really know what he or she sounds like. You are very close to the instrument, and hear a loud strident scratchy noise that can sound better to someone further away; on the other hand, many of your mistakes are unconscious ones
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    Updated Jun-01-2016 at 19:38 by Ingélou

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  5. Suzuki

    Chapter Four - Suzuki.
    I spent about 15 months, from May 2012 to July 2013, playing Suzuki - Books 2 & 3 - before deciding that I didn't want to go on to Book 4. The Suzuki books helped me in lots of ways. The chief thing was the accompanying cds. This gave me something to practise with and fit in with - to relax with, and to aim for. Even when I was feeling depressed, stiff or unwell, I soon forgot it when I was playing along with the cd.

    There are also some very nice pieces
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    Updated Jun-01-2016 at 19:38 by Ingélou

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