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The Violin Geek Podcast

The Violin Geek Podcast

Welcome violin geeks everywhere (or viola, fiddle, cello, guitar, trumpet...)! With all the detail and troubleshooting of a private lesson, violinist and violist, recording artist, author, and string teacher Laurel Thomsen shares daily discoveries, insightful interviews with top performers and music industry leaders, and tips for practicing, polishing, and becoming the best musician you can be. Episodes are accessible to beginners, yet contain the depth appreciated by the advancing student or seasoned performer alike. Happy Practicing! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/violingeek/support

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Championing the Viola and Modern Classical Music - an interview with acclaimed soloist Brett Deubner

Laurel Thomsen interviews acclaimed viola soloist Brett Deubner, listening to and discussing choice tracks from his recent albums "Mother Earth" and "Transfiguration," learning about his experience working with composers and debuting new music, and sharing tips for performance confidence, moving past setbacks, and creating a clear viola tone whether as a soloist, in an ensemble, or on recording.

Links from the episode:

Learn more about Brett Deubner and purchase his recordings, please visit https://www.brettdeubner.com 

Learn more about Brett's online viola course https://deubnervvs.thinkific.com/

The "Mother Earth" album: https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6351/

The "Transfiguration" album: https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6355/

Stanley Grill, the composer of the pieces featured on "Transfiguration": https://www.stangrillcomposer.com/

Judith Markovich, the composer of the "Remember" track: https://www.judithmarkovich.com/

Maurizio Bignone, the composer of the "Mother Earth" track: https://mauriziobignone.com/

Laurel Thomsen's website, including info about her recordings, concerts, and teaching can be found at www.laurelthomsen.com

Please send Laurel an email at [email protected] if you have a violin, viola, fiddle, music biz, or practice related  question you?d like answered in the blog or on a podcast, or have a   story or insight to share. Also, get in touch if you?d like to inquire  about violin, viola, or fiddle coaching or lessons with Laurel via  Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. You're also welcome to post your success  story, comments, or suggestions to www.facebook.com/laurelthomsenmusic.

Happy Practicing!

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2021-09-03
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Virtual Teaching for Success - Laurel Thomsen interviewed for FAR-West Teaches

In this episode Laurel Thomsen is interviewed by award-winning vocalist and FAR-West Board Vice-President, Susie Glaze about her experience with teaching violin and viola online. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic, back in 2009 in fact, Laurel transitioned to primarily teaching online. Here she offers over a decade worth of tips and insight to make the most of the time we spend learning online, with ideas for prospective online teachers and students alike. 

Enjoy the YouTube video version of this interview here https://youtu.be/FpiE5TJ_Fow

Suzie Glaze website https://www.susieglaze.com

FAR-West https://far-west.org

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen Duo (featured music) http://danandlaurel.ca

Laurel Thomsen's website, including info about her recordings, concerts, and teaching can be found at www.laurelthomsen.com

For info specifically about: Lessons with Laurel, see http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Teaching.html; Online Lessons with Laurel, see http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Lessons_via_Skype.html, and Laurel's blog with more tips for online teachers, see http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Entries/2013/9/30_Advice_for_Skype_music_teachers.html

Please send Laurel an email at [email protected] if you have a violin, viola, fiddle, music biz, or practice related question you?d like answered in the blog or on a podcast, or have a  story or insight to share. Also, get in touch if you?d like to inquire about violin, viola, or fiddle coaching or lessons with Laurel via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. You're also welcome to post your success story, comments, or suggestions to  www.facebook.com/laurelthomsenmusic.

Happy Practicing!

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2021-08-17
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DIY Empowerment for Creatives with Justine Lucas of Madwoman Productions

If you're a musician, artist, dancer, or maybe a business owner, and you're looking to create more compelling videos, photos, performances, and presentations, listen in as Laurel Thomsen speaks with Justine Lucas, singer-songwriter, director, producer, and the creative spark behind Madwoman Productions, a San Francisco based company helping independent artists and entrepreneurs be seen and heard. 

Madwoman Productions: https://madwomanpro.com

Madwoman Workshops info and links:

Videography 101: July 28th, 2021 at 2:30pm PST https://madwomanpro.com/videography101/

Videography 102: Aug 25th, 2021 at 5:30pm PSThttps://madwomanpro.com/videography-102/

Photography 101: Oct 20th, 2021 at 5:30pm PST https://madwomanpro.com/photography101/

Performance 101: Nov 17th, 2021 at 5:30pm PST https://madwomanpro.com/performance101/

DIY Video Making, 6 week course coming soon https://madwomanpro.com/diyvideo/

Justine Lucas and Madame Z http://www.justinelucas.com

Madame Z collaborator Jonah Udall http://www.jonahudall.com/

Laurel Thomsen's website, including info about her recordings, concerts, and teaching can be found at www.laurelthomsen.com

Please send Laurel an email at [email protected] if you have a violin, viola, fiddle, music biz, or practice related question you?d like answered in the blog or on a podcast, or have a  story or insight to share. Also, get in touch if you?d like to inquire about violin, viola, or fiddle coaching or lessons with Laurel via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. You're also welcome to post your success story, comments, or suggestions to  www.facebook.com/laurelthomsenmusic.

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2021-07-10
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Recording a violin, viola, or cello

You?ve just perfected a difficult passage of your favorite concerto and  grab your smartphone to capture this monumental practice achievement.  You run through the passage again and while not perfect, you still feel  pretty good about your progress. You listen back, expecting to hear  exactly what you thought you heard while you were playing, but it sounds  nasally, distorted, and thin. Sound familiar? What?s going on? Tune in as host Laurel Thomsen helps you avoid the common pitfalls of recording a bowed stringed instrument. 

Original post on the Violin Geek Blog http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Entries/2021/6/3_Recording_a_violin_or_viola_101.html

GarageBand https://www.apple.com/mac/garageband/

Audacity https://www.audacityteam.org/

Laurel Thomsen's website, including info about her recordings, concerts, and teaching can be found at www.laurelthomsen.com

Please send Laurel an email at [email protected] if you have a violin, viola, fiddle, music biz, or practice related question you?d like answered in the blog or on a podcast, or have a story or insight to share. Also, get in touch if you?d like to inquire about violin, viola, or fiddle coaching or lessons with Laurel via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom). You can also post your success story, comments, or suggestions to my Facebook music page at www.facebook.com/laurelthomsenmusic.

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2021-06-04
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Learning to love the process

"When we let our passion for the violin extend into the actual process of  learning, welcoming even our out-of-tune notes, missed shifts, and bad  tones as opportunities to find and fix problems, like any great  mechanic, we position ourselves for a lifetime of music making."

In this "pep talk" episode from the Violin Geek Blog, host Laurel Thomsen takes inspiration from aviation technicians! 

Original blog post http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Entries/2021/5/27_For_the_love_of_the_process.html

Original inspiration https://www.instagram.com/p/CPRaJFXB6Y7/?utm_medium=share_sheet

Hilary Hahn practice example https://www.instagram.com/p/CJr-9NhDC2F/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Huberman Lab Podcast episode 20 https://hubermanlab.libsyn.com/how-to-learn-skills-faster-episode-20

For more about Laurel, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com and if you have a question, comment, or suggestion for a topic, please send her an email at [email protected]

Happy Practicing!

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2021-05-27
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Improve Your Intonation Now

"When awareness is channeled appropriately, even most beginners have the skills needed to listen carefully and make elegant intonation adjustments." Join Laurel Thomsen for tips to immediately improve your intonation on the violin, viola, or cello, or the intonation of your students. 

Original Violin Geek Blog post http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Entries/2021/3/31_Improve_your_intonation_now.html

Laurel's website, including info on her online lessons and courses, her recordings, and her performances http://www.laurelthomsen.com

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen Duo http://www.danandlaurel.ca Their fifth album will be released later in 2021 and the intro music to this episode features a sneak peek. 

If you have a comment or question, or a topic you'd like Laurel to cover in her podcast or blog, please send her an email to [email protected] For those interested in lessons with Laurel via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom, please send her an email. More information about her teaching methods can be found here http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Teaching.html

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2021-04-01
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Traditional folksongs in conflict with political correctness and racial equality

This difficult conversation concerning the origins of many popular folk song melodies came up in my teaching studio recently. Especially in light of the police brutality and BLM protests of this past year, addressing the historical context of folk songs seems to be an increasingly important piece of the learning. 

Adam Miller blog post mentioned https://www.folksinging.org/political-correctness-and-traditional-folksongs-can-they-coexist/

Original Violin Geek Blog post http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Entries/2021/2/21_Traditional_folksongs_in_conflict_with_political_correctness_and_racial_equality.html

More about Laurel Thomsen, including her albums, performance schedule, and online lessons at www.laurelthomsen.com

Please reach out if you have any violin, viola, fiddle, music biz, or practice related questions you?d like answered in the blog or on a podcast, or if you have a story or insight to share. Also, if you?d like to share additional information, or perhaps get some violin, viola, or  fiddle coaching or lessons with me in person or via Skype (or FaceTime, or Zoom), please email Laurel at [email protected].

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2021-02-22
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Discovering great new artists and heartfelt songs

A special episode from the Violin Geek Blog! See http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Archive.html for more.

The question posed on a forum was: "How can people find great music and new artists if they don't go to bars or listen to Spotify?" In today's mini episode, Laurel Thomsen fills us in on what a house concert is and why it may be your ticket to discovering your a new favorite artist, as well as meeting a new best friend, or even the love of your life. 

Links mentioned: concertsinyourhome.com undiscoveredmusic.net sofaconcerts.org loficoncerts.com 

To learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like." Want to offer a show idea or guest, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2019-06-05
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Tips to help prepare for an orchestra, ensemble, or band practice

A special episode from the Violin Geek Blog! See http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Archive.html for more. 

As soon as a performance is on the horizon, the pressure mounts and our enjoyment of playing can easily turn to stress. Join Laurel Thomsen for some practice tips to help prepare for an orchestra, ensemble, or band practice. 

To learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like." Want to offer a show idea or guest, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2019-02-07
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A Theory Behind the Flesch and Galamian Arpeggio Sequences

A special episode from the Violin Geek Blog! See http://www.laurelthomsen.com/Violin_Geek_Blog/Archive.html for more.

Two pedagogues. Two similar arpeggio patterns. Is the order of the Flesch and Galamian arpeggios arbitrary or do they contain some deeper wisdom? 

To learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support  with a "like." Want to offer a show idea or guest, schedule a private  lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send  Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2019-01-10
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Audition Breakthrough

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest Will Timmons of AuditionBreakthrough.com as they discuss tips for getting the mind and body prepared to "Audition like a Pro." Until April 15, 2017 use coupon code "violin geek" to receive a discount for the 2017 online Audition Breakthrough Summit which features a number of guest speakers diving deep into the topic of audition mastery.

To learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like"

Want to offer a show idea or guest, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2017-03-21
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Tour Stories Part 2

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest co-host Dan Frechette, as well as special guests Cara Luft and Quiles & Cloud, as they share a variety of memorable stories from their experience on the road.

Learn more about Dan Frechette by visiting him at www.danfrechette.com as well as his website with Laurel - www.danandlaurel.ca.

Learn more about Cara Luft, check her tour schedule and buy music at www.caraluft.com and www.thesmallglories.com.

Learn more about Quiles & Cloud, their touring, and new Cd coming out soon at www.quilesandcloud.com.

Finally, to learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" .

Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2016-02-04
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Tour Stories Part 1

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest co-host Dan Frechette, as well as special guest artists Boscoe's Brood and Toby Gray, as they share a variety of wacky, intense, and memorable stories from their time on the road.

Learn more about Dan Frechette by visiting him at www.danfrechette.com as well as his website with Laurel - www.danandlaurel.ca.

For more about Boscoe's Brood and to hear music visit www.boscoesbroodmusic.com. To learn more about Toby Gray and check out his music visit www.highwaybuddah.com.

Finally, to learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" .

Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2016-01-10
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Canadian Fiddlers Part 3 - An interview with Grammy and Juno winner Tania Elizabeth

In this episode, host Laurel Thomsen shares a recent live interview with fiddler, vocalist, and recording artist Tania Elizabeth. Formerly a founding member of Canada's The Duhks, Tania now tours full time with the Avett Brothers as well as in a duo with her husband Andy Stack in The Stacks. Tania shares important insight into performance as an art, considerations when developing arrangements, and a discussion of a woman's challenges in the music industry. At the end we hear an infectious track from Tania's CD, "Gods and Omens", called "Blue Ridge". Learn more about Tania, her tour schedule, and find this track and many more via www.taniaelizabeth.com.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2015-12-18
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Complete Vibrato Mastery

In this episode, Laurel Thomsen introduces her new online course "Complete Vibrato Mastery" and demystifies vibrato with tips for vibrato applications and the prerequisites to learning vibrato. Until they run out, podcast listeners may use the coupon code "violingeekpodcast2015" to receive a $20 discount on a lifetime membership to the course. Visit www.completevibratomastery.com for more information.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2015-12-09
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Canadian Fiddlers Part 2 - Three Time Grand-Master Fiddle Champion Patti Kusturok

Welcome to Part 2 of a series of interviews featuring fiddlers from Canada! This episode shares an interview with fiddle champion, educator, and recording artist Patti Kusturok. We talk about Patti's latest project, "365 Days of Fiddle Tunes" and learn more about the various types of tunes popular in Canadian music, as well as hear a track from Patti's latest CD, "'Milestone", called "En Ganske Snill Mann". This track and many more may be purchased and downloaded via www.pattikusturok.com and check out "Fiddle Chick Patti" on YouTube.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like." Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2015-10-17
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Canadian Fiddlers Part 1 - prolific fiddle composer and prodigy Calvin Vollrath

Welcome to Part 1 of a series of interviews featuring fiddlers from Canada! Canadian fiddle music is a strong tradition and pulls from a wide variety of cultural heritages. This first episode shares an interview with dynamic fiddler, composer, and teacher Calvin Vollrath. Enjoy the stories, insights, and inspirations Calvin shares, as well as a track from his latest CD, "'Certified' Canadian Fiddler", a tune called "One for Donnell" which he wrote for Canadian fiddler, Donnell Leahy. This track and many, many more may be purchased and downloaded via www.calvinvollrath.com. Also, please visit the site of his music camp in Northern Alberta at www.campcalvin.ca and consider joining in the fun.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2015-09-25
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It's only a test

If you're listening it means that podcast host Laurel Thomsen has successfully overcome the technical difficulties that put the Violin Geek on the sidelines. It's only a test, but here we expand to talk about some less commonly considered factors that might help you be better prepared for an upcoming audition, jury, or performance.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2015-09-13
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Memorizing Music

In this episode Laurel Thomsen shares tips and processes from her personal experience and teaching studio and from forum readers for being able to play music from memory.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2014-09-10
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"Playing Less Hurt" - an interview with musician's health advocate and author Janet Horvath

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest Janet Horvath, cellist, musician's health advocate, and author of the book "Playing Less Hurt" as they explore topics of injury prevention for musicians.

Visit Janet online, order her book, and check her tour schedule at www.playinglesshurt.com.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, schedule a lesson, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" .

Want to offer an idea, schedule a lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2014-08-28
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Beyond Talent - a talk with author and career consultant Angela Myles Beeching

Join host Laurel Thomsen and author/career consultant Angela Myles Beeching as they cover topics from Beeching's book "Beyond Talent", including tips for writing an engaging bio, negotiating bookings and asking for what you're worth, and advice for staying motivated and planning a successful career.

Visit Ms. Beeching online, order her book, and sign up for her Monday Bytes Blog at http://www.angelabeeching.com

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, schedule a lesson, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" .
Want to offer an idea, schedule a lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the

podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2014-08-14
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Rhythm Troubleshooting

Sometimes problems with rhythm aren't caused by what we thought they were. Join violinist Laurel Thomsen as she runs through the most common rhythm issues.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question

answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2014-04-28
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Practice Tidbits #7 - first impressions

Did you know that your first impression is not your first note? Gain tips for how to prime your audience for our successful performance.

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2014-03-15
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The Classical versus the Romantic Shift

Not all shifts are created equal. Learn how to refine your shifting technique for optimal expression!

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like" . Want to offer an idea, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2014-02-28
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Scales 101

What is a scale? What are the types, how do we figure out how to play them, and why do we have different ones?

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like."
Want to offer an idea, schedule a lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2014-01-23
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Family life in the arts - an interview with Hilary Orzel-McSherry

Join host Laurel Thomsen and violinist/author Hilary Orzel-McSherry as they talk about growing up in a family of musicians. They dispel some myths (no "starving musicians" here) and offer insight for those wanting to live a creative life and share it with a family.

Find Hilary's new book with her husband Drew McSherry at https://www.amazon.com/Terrance-Trapezoid-Drew-McSherry/dp/0692744029

To learn more about Laurel, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit

www.laurelthomsen.com

Visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like." Want to offer an idea, schedule a lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2013-11-22
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Blues Fiddle - a lesson

Join Laurel Thomsen and get the blues...a Blues fiddle lesson that is, with singer- songwriter Dan Frechette. Learn the Blues scale in a variety of keys, the Blue notes, different types of Blues rhythms, bowing and note treatment, and how to get not only the right notes, but the right feel.

Check out Dan and Laurel's new site and CD at www.danandlaurel.ca and "like" them on Facebook.

To learn more about Laurel, download her CDs, or schedule a lesson via Skype, visit www.laurelthomsen.com and visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook.

Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2013-10-22
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Improvising with heart: an interview with fusion violinist Bahman Sarram

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest Bahman Sarram (Bviolin), violinist, composer, producer, for a talk on ethnic violin playing, improvising, electric instruments, Dave Matthews, jamming, and playing from the heart.

Visit Bahman at www.bviolin.com and check out his "Philosophical Beat Podcast". 

To learn more about Laurel Thomsen, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments or suggestions, or share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2013-04-13
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Practice Mastery #2

Ok, we did the HOW. Now it's WHAT should you practice? In this episode Laurel Thomsen offers a range of elements you might need to add to your practice routine. Ideas for beginners and advanced players alike!

To learn more about Laurel Thomsen, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com 

Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments or suggestions, or share your support with a "Like".
Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2013-01-19
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Performance psychology for musicians: an interview with Dr Noa Kageyama

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest Dr. Noa Kageyama, the Performance Psychology Professor at Julliard, for a talk on learning to become not just a better player, but a better performer. If you want to develop a successful pre-performance routine, play confidently in front of an audience, make a great first impression, and learn tricks for effective playing and practicing, please listen in and take notes!

Visit Dr. Noa at www.bulletproofmusician.com, on Facebook, and check out his home study course "Beyond Practicing".

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Want to offer an topic idea, have a question answered on the podcast, or look into private lessons in-person or online via Skype? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-12-29
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Tailpiece innovation for tonal excellence: a chat with luthier Nicholas Frirsz

A tailpiece that can make you sound better? Join Laurel Thomsen and master luthier Nicholas Frirsz as they discuss instrument making, Frirsz's innovative and elegant tailpiece design, how it came about, and what it could do for your sound.

Visit Nicholas and check out his tailpieces at www.frirszmusic.com 

Visit Laurel Thomsen at www.laurelthomsen.com

Please also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook, post your comments or suggestions, and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer an topic idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-12-14
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Practice Mastery #1

In this episode, Laurel Thomsen shares her tips on how to practice for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. From building technique to polishing repertoire and preparing for performance, make sure you're covering all your bases and setting yourself up for a lifetime of happy practicing. Note: this episode is all about the "how" of practicing. In part two we'll give ideas for the "what" of practicing.

To learn more about Laurel Thomsen, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com 

Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments or suggestions, or share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-12-01
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Overflow your creativity: a chat with gypsy minstrel Maesyn

Join Laurel Thomsen and a special guest - gypsy minstrel violinist, Maesyn, for a chat about how to overflow your life with abundant creative inspiration. Feeling down about your playing or wondering how to get back that spark you first felt for playing? Listen in as Maesyn offers surprising solutions.

Please visit Maesyn at https://maesynmusic.com, on Facebook, YouTube, and on Twitter. To learn more about Laurel Thomsen, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments or suggestions, or share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-11-03
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Practice Tidbits #5: your tempo, your beat

As basic as it might seem, beginners and more advanced players alike can struggle with how to find appropriate tempos for practice and performance. In this episode, violinist Laurel Thomsen walks listeners through finding perfect tempos every time and discusses a few of the more tricky situations, like what to do when the time signature or tempo itself changes mid way through a piece.

To learn more about Laurel Thomsen and her performing, teaching, writing, and recordings, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments, questions, or suggestions, and share your support with a "like".

Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-10-27
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String teaching for the modern student: a chat with fiddler and instructor Lauren Rioux

Join Laurel Thomsen and a special guest - fiddler and string teacher Lauren Rioux, for a chat about string teaching in the modern era. Lauren offers tips for keeping students engaged, teaching harmony, how to support a student's exploration of various genres, and ultimately, to empower the student with the gift of music.

Please visit Lauren Rioux at www.laurenrioux.com, on Facebook, YouTube, and on Twitter.

To learn more about Laurel Thomsen, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com 

Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments or suggestions, or share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-10-13
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Dive deep and get jazzed about your playing: a chat with violinist and educator Christian Howes

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest artist and educator, Christian Howes, for a discussion on fostering creativity, the three key factors to consider for great improvisation chops, how creating set parameters for improvisation can open a world of possibilities, and how diving deep into the structures and processes of music can help you get "pumped up" about playing, whether you play Jazz, classical, or bluegrass.

Check out Christian's albums, online Creative Strings Academy, workshops, and tour dates, at www.christianhowes.com You can also, find him on Facebook, YouTube, and on Twitter.

To learn more about Laurel and her performing, teaching, and writing, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and get updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Post to Laurel's Facebook wall or send an email to [email protected]

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2012-09-30
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Singing and fiddling with passion: a chat with "bad ass" fiddler Laura Cortese

Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest, the awesome fiddler Laura Cortese, as they discuss performing, learning to transmit meaning and emotion to an audience, tips for creating a groove, and how to sing and play fiddle at the same time. Hear Laura's tune "Perfect Tuesday's" from her Acoustic Project album, and be sure to check her out at https://thisislauracortese.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To learn more about Laurel, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and to see updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-09-15
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Sound better now!

Nine ways, other than more practice, to sound better now!

To learn more about Laurel, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and to see updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-09-07
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Eradicate Bow Jitters

Whether you've been playing for months or years, the cause of jitters, sputters, and tremor type sounds in your sustained bow strokes can be so elusive they're among the most annoying and frustrating issues a string player will ever encounter. In this episode, violinist, string teacher, and author Laurel Thomsen gets down to bow basics and covers a variety of suggestions that may be just what you need to eradicate your unwanted bow bounces for good.

To learn more about Laurel, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and to see updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-08-11
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Intonation Mastery #2

Learn to adjust your fingerings to harmonize perfectly with open string drones, be they in fiddle tunes or presented as "easy" double stops in classical pieces, after all, not all fingerings are made equal when dealing with the complex harmonic series' of violin family instruments!

To learn more about Laurel, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and to see updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-07-28
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Intonation Mastery #1

Learn to use sympathetic vibrations to clue you in for perfect intonation. "It's a pretty cool technique!" ~LT

To learn more about Laurel please visit www.laurelthomsen.com
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educational materials and performances through "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook. Want to offer a comment or have your question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-06-28
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Warm ups for your body and brain

Welcome to episode 50 (coming in at exactly 50 min. no less!). Today musician/teacher Laurel Thomsen offers a guided warmup series for body and brain. If you experience tension or pain when you play, want to improve your playing posture or posture in general, or want to experience more focus and energy while you play and practice, this one's for you!

To learn more about Laurel please visit www.laurelthomsen.com
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Laurel Thomsen Music on Facebook and consider offering your support with a "like". Want to offer a comment or have your question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-05-24
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Tuning by ear for advancing players

Learn to tune your violin or viola in the professional classical way, just like symphony members do world wide.

To learn more about Laurel please visit www.laurelthomsen.com
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Laurel Thomsen Music on Facebook and consider offering your support with a "like". Want to have your question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-04-28
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Practice Tidbits #4-identify the magic spots

Sometimes changing your mental approach is all it takes to find the courage to dive deep, address the challenges, and take your playing to the next level. Join musician, educator, and author Laurel Thomsen as she explores a powerful quote taken from mandolinist Mike Marshall.

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2012-04-08
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Not all sheet music is created equal

Don't know the difference between Urtext, fascimile, and interpretive sheet music editions? In this episode musician/teacher Laurel Thomsen sheds light on the pros and cons of each type of edition, common publishing companies within each family, and which needs of a student or performer could be best served by each type.

To learn more about Laurel please visit www.laurelthomsen.com
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2012-03-19
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Choosing fingerings

Today we cover a listener question about fingerings for the Giga, or Gigue, from J.S. Bach's Violin Partita #2. Using this piece as an example, musician/teacher Laurel Thomsen gives guidelines for choosing good fingerings - those that facilitate clarity, phrasing, and interpretive flow.

A version of the Gigue with Laurel's recommended fingerings and bowings can be found on her site, www.laurelthomsen.com, through the "Podcast" link in the navigation bar.

To learn more about Laurel please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

Want updates about Laurel's educational material and performances? Just search

Laurel Thomsen Music on Facebook and consider offering your support with a "like". Want to have your question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at [email protected]

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2012-02-25
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5 reasons to review old repertoire in 2012

Happy New Year! Dust off that old sheet music and make time to review your old repertoire. In this episode violinist/teacher Laurel Thomsen gives 5 reasons to make review a regular part of your practice in 2012.

To learn more about Laurel and her performing, teaching, and writing, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and get updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Post to Laurel's Facebook wall or send an email to [email protected]

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2012-01-04
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Practice Tidbits #3: the "round robin"

Learn a simple way to master repertoire and techniques faster and more fluently. Musician/teacher/author and self-proclaimed violin geek Laurel Thomsen shares a practice technique she says has allowed her to learn complicated techniques in a third the time. It's all about focus and setting up the right conditions for your brain to learn. So, don't just slog away on your fiddle while your mind is elsewhere. Listen to this podcast and then get to work!

To learn more about Laurel and her performing, teaching, and writing, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and get updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Post to Laurel's Facebook wall or send an email to [email protected]

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2011-12-18
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So you want to play weddings?

In today's episode violinist/violist Laurel Thomsen offers advice on how to prepare, market, and perform for weddings and other events. Whether you want to contribute to the special day of friends and family members, make some extra cash on the side, or start a whole new business, learn what it takes to be successful.

To learn more about Laurel and her performing, teaching, and writing, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and get updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Post to Laurel's Facebook wall or send an email to [email protected]

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2011-11-06
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Repertoire for the do-it-yourself beginner, an update

(Formerly the Violin & Viola Practice Power Podcast) In this episode violinist/violist and string teacher Laurel Thomsen updates her earlier podcast of the same name with further method book/video info for the beginning student or teacher of beginning students.

To learn more about Laurel and her performing, teaching, and writing, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com

To check out photos, musings, video links, and get updates about Laurel's educational materials and performances, visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "Like".

Want to offer a comment or have a question answered on the podcast? Post to Laurel's Facebook wall or send an email to [email protected]

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2011-09-29
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