How to Care for My Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass Bow…& Rosin

Most Student Violins come as a set with a case, bow, rosin and violin in a ready to play set up mode. It is not surprising to know that most would neglect knowing proper care for the bow which can be very vulnerable as it is just a long wooden stick. Even if your bowContinue reading “How to Care for My Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass Bow…& Rosin”

Overcoming Stage Fright

At our recent Concert Finale 2017, a student of mine came up to me and said that she would not perform again (this is her second performance on the violin) and may quit her violin if part of our music course were to entail her performance again in our next bi-annual concert in 2018. IContinue reading “Overcoming Stage Fright”

Invited to Careers Education Day at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

This was my first ever time speaking about my Career officially at any event so I was not sure what to expect.  We had a couple of speakers for the different art groups, for music it was just my fellow Alumni Lin Si Tong (Instagram linsitong, is a Chinese lyricist and Music Producer for DramasContinue reading “Invited to Careers Education Day at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School”

How to Encounter Phrases of Music with Sudden Dynamic Changes

The article in the link below by cello Professor Miranda Wilson, gives useful practice tips on how to carry out the sudden dynamic changes found in Beethoven’s compositions. Other than Beethoven, Bach’s compositions also have sudden dynamic changes in parts that echo from forte to sudden piano with no diminuendo or crescendo. I often practiceContinue reading “How to Encounter Phrases of Music with Sudden Dynamic Changes”

16 Good Violin Practice Habits

  Stretching Before starting your daily practise routine, you should do a series of stretches just to lengthen your muscles and keep them flexible so as to prevent any unwanted injury.  The stretching routine should consist of deep stretches not only for the fingers and arms which are directly involved, but also for your coreContinue reading “16 Good Violin Practice Habits”

Let’s talk about the Neck

If you do not play the violin or seen one up close, you may misconstrue that parts of the violin are not removable such as the bridge which can actually be moved rather easily and is just balanced in its place by the tension of the strings.  Upon loosening the strings, the bridge will comeContinue reading “Let’s talk about the Neck”

We are now on Sassy Mama Guide for the Best Music Schools in Singapore

SassyMama is a one stop go to guide for parents in Singapore for stuff to do with their kids and important announcements and Schools recommendations. In their recent revamp to their website, they included us in their round up feature on the Best Music Schools in Singapore 😍. Even though I’m the only teacher atContinue reading “We are now on Sassy Mama Guide for the Best Music Schools in Singapore”

How to Much to Pay for a Professional Instrument and How to Choose one 

Here are some pointers from Strings Notes for those of you with a budget to buy a violin at (USD) $10,000 to $15,000. This category price would also put you in what is classified as “Professional Instrument” category.  According to this article, this price range is very safe especially if you were to buy an instrument fromContinue reading “How to Much to Pay for a Professional Instrument and How to Choose one “

How to prevent injury playing the violin. Ergonomically designed Viola? Will that be the violin’s future too? 

Though playing the violin is not a contact sport and it is classified as a mild activity, you can still get repetitive stress injuries or other injuries over time if not careful with your daily routine and posture. I read an interesting strings magazine  write up on a luthier that makes unorthodox shaped violas toContinue reading “How to prevent injury playing the violin. Ergonomically designed Viola? Will that be the violin’s future too? “

Manaka’s first Violin performance

Manaka started the violin on her 7th birthday. Our first class together was a birthday present from her parents. We have now had 6 months of violin study together and she presented the piece “恭喜发财” for a public Chinese New Year event. She quickly learnt the piece in over two weeks fairly on her ownContinue reading “Manaka’s first Violin performance”