Browsing Archive: August, 2012

On the Left Hand

Posted by Keith David Harris on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : From "The Mandolin Game" 
I recently read an article by the distinguished cellist Dimitry Markevitch (Internet Cello Society). He said in effect that nothing new has been done about fingering theory on the cello for three hundred years, and that the definitive treatise on the subject has yet to be written. If it's true for the cello, it's certainly true for the mandolin! (TMG page 117)

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About Techniques of Teaching

Posted by keith David Harris on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : Online teaching 
One of the fascinating challenges of online teaching is finding ways to convey ideas and information to somebody on the other side of the Internet connection - which may of course be anywhere between next door and the other side of the Earth.

An essential aspect of any form of teaching is effective communication, but the means may well be different depending on the situation. In a face-to-face teaching situation for example, it's easy just to reach over and gently nudge a finger into a better ...
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Mandolinata Mannheim

Posted by keith David Harris on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : Making Music 

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Discovering new things about the mandolin, learning, and learning the mandolin.

Posted by Keith David Harris on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, In : Online teaching 
I started experimenting with online teaching a couple of years ago. There has been a lot to learn:
  • the technical stuff about getting the sound and video to a suitable quality;
  • various issues inherent in the technology;
  • how to make use of this technology to teach the mandolin effectively...
My investigations confronted me as well with some surprising thoughts about teaching in general:
  • I remembered  for example that my very first mandolin teacher was pretty deaf. He was nonetheless well able to gi...

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Keeping count...

Posted by Keith David Harris on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, In : discovering new things 
Dear Keith,

Thanks very much for the great session yesterday. This morning I played (the tune), and - don't be surprised - counted every note without stopping, I think for the first time. Maybe now I have no excuse for not doing it with any other piece I play! Thanks once again for what I think is a great result - let there be more!
Best regards


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