Masterclass Tuesday – Jan. 31st, 2012

A shortie but a goodie here, by another one of my favorite violinists to listen to and watch. This short clip is from a fantastic documentary called From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China. Mr. Stern talks about something I often ask my students to do to help with phrasing: singing the piece. Whenever a student tries this for the first time, they’re often bashful and nervous, much like this girl is in the clip. But the fact remains that we often have very instinctual phrasing and musicality built into our minds… we just forget to use it when we put the violin up to our chin. The point is exemplified beautifully here, and the audience picks up on it immediately.

We miss you, Mr. Stern.

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