My friend e-mailed me a letter from a middle-aged woman from Taiwan who is seeking helps. I felt pain on reading this lady’s letter. Without personally knowing her and just from the descriptions of her symptoms, e.g. hearing voices, I guess that she may suffer certain degree of schizophrenia — 十多年不斷攪擾我的聲音, 我被那些聲音弄得數不清多少次自殺危機. 那些聲音也是持鬼附, 或是精神疾病本就會有的爭論點. (The voice continuously disturbed me for ten years and I had countless several times thinking suicide. People will argue whether it is the demon voice, or is the symptom of mental illness). — Her doctor should let her know if this is the case.
My friends in the music circles invited me for concerts and requested my helps in the orchestras for this Holiday season. I deeply appreciated these invitations and requests which helped to raise my spiritual conditions. Continue reading “Holiday Musical Services and Events”
I have been invited to play violin solos in a wedding ceremony for a church couple. During the selection of songs, I came up with Bach’s “Arioso” from Cantata “Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe!” (BWV 156) which is a beautiful song and had been played in weddings, Continue reading “Selection of Wedding Songs”
In our small group meeting, we have discussed “World Views” and how they influence our Christian beliefs such as “Where we came from?” We have discussed Darwin’s biological “Evolution Theory” in the group study. My thinking is that we seem to neglect the “Cultural Evolution” and its influence in our worldviews. History of the past 50 years tells us how different and how fast the landscapes changed since when we were children. Continue reading “Church Architecture — Influence of Church Culture”
After a concert, Mark Stryker asked Isaac Stern (77 years old at that time) how did he retain his artistry at such an age. Isaac replied “Technique is not music, music is the thousandth of a millisecond between one note and another; how you get from one to the other – that’s where the music is.”: [abridged from “Prelude” of “The Mastery of Music” by Barry Green]. Continue reading “Csardas — Beyond Techniques”
“Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching” by Ivan Galamian.
- The pictures and the examples are valuable references.
- Conclusion chapter “A few words for the teacher” helped my teaching.
- Postscript “Galamian in the studio” presents keys on practicing. Continue reading “Reference Books for Violin Playing:”
(I). My Journey as An Amateur Violinist
I have taken private violin lessons in my teenage years. My teacher, Mr. Liu Chen was a member of the Taiwan Provincial Symphony Orchestra. He is very kind and patient. He guided me through the Suzuki books and a few concertos. My teacher demanded a lot on basics besides the Suzuki books, such as the scales and the etudes. My mother imposed very strict rules on my practicing schedule. Therefore, I have established solid skills. Continue reading “Self Improvement in Violin Playing”
NTU Chamber group historically hosts an annual recital of remembrance & Thanksgiving to serve the community. The annual recital provided an opportunity for the students to perform in public. It provided a platform for the musicians to learn from each other and the event also served as a social gathering for the parents and the teachers. Besides annual recital, the group performed in churches, in Chinese festivals and homes of the group members and friends. Sometimes, the group was invited to perform in supporting the recitals from the other musical groups. Continue reading “NTU Chamber Group 2008 Annual Recital”