The purpose of this blog is to create, find and offer resources to beginners and non-beginners on how to play the violin through traditional and non-traditional methods. It is also here to inspire creative excellence. I also spotlight other violinists, and talk about playing in a professional orchestra.
I have been Principal Second Violin of the Oregon Symphony since 1999. When we made our Carnegie Hall debut in May 2011 which fulfilled one of my childhood dreams. Before that I was an active musician in Southern California, performing opera, symphony, ballet, even studio and sidelining work. One memorable experience for me was playing at the Grammy Awards, where I got to play in the orchestra with Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Pavarotti, Vince Gill…that was a celebrity-studded event!
“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”
Danish physicist (1885 – 1962)
Well this quotation speaks to me. When I started the violin, it felt that I made just about every conceivable mistake before I “got it”. The mistakes were made in a compressed amount of time while I was catching up with my peers. The experience was a blessing in hindsight as it helped me become a better teacher.
Over the last few years I immersed myself in some great personal and professional development workshops and courses including Suzuki violin teacher training, The Zufelt Experience, and Marketing Profs University.