"When I think about it these days I could almost cry, being able to be in a room together with 30 friends and enjoy food and drinks and music and just play all night long, for no other reason than the joy of discovering these pieces and each other" - from our interview with The Knights conductor Eric Jacobsen and violinist Gil Shaham, about their new recording of the Brahms and Beethoven Violin Concertos.
If you are a violist, you are constantly facing the music. Violist and composer Scott Slapin writes about the challenge of deciding which notes to play, in the many viola transcriptions of pieces originally written for cello, clarinet, violin or other instruments.
Bow strokes that involve bouncing -- spiccato, sautille, ricochet -- require getting in touch with the natural bounciness of the violin bow. Here are some simple exercises for doing that, from Laurie Niles. From our archives.