Scordatura

View/Download View/Download More studies Scordatura, meaning “discord” in Italian,  refers to retuning the standard tuning of a string instrument. Composers sometimes use these tunings to make it easier to play in certain keys, as well as to create...

Pattern Recognition in Music

  Patterns When learning a new piece, it’s important to first scan the music to get an overall feel for its structure,  a process called pre-reading.  Look for elements like key signature, challenging rhythms and pitches, and musical patterns.  Identifying...

Fingering Essentials

Fingerings Fingerings provide clues to organize both right-and left-hand movements when learning a piece of music. Music may include a sprinkling of  fingerings, too many fingerings, or none at all.  Sometimes a “hard” passage may be made...

One-hand harmonics

Темрява—Temryava (pronounced “tem-ye-vah,” meaning “darkness” in Ukrainian) is an intermediate level piece that features one-hand harmonics. If you’re new to the technique or need to develop better coordination, begin with the R.H. study,...