Boring but effective

for use in small daily doses! I recommend students practice these for 2 minutes in a 60 minute practice session. Do not preserve the percentage: 2 hour practice needs maybe 3 minutes, not 4, if you practice more than two hours, you could spread this out, but I don’t recommend more than 5 minutes at a time for anyone — it’s very finger intensive and you should stop immediately if you develop any pain. These exercises will stretch your fingers; it is very important not to overdo this! Read the story about how composer Robert Schumann crippled his little finger by trying to stretch it and develop finger independence with a mechanical shortcut — well, when searching the internet I found this story was actually not true, but don’t overdo technical exercises anyway! Here is the site Pianist to Pianist with the mythbuster.

The Klengel is difficult to find — one student bought it, but it was volume 1 only, which isa  decent scale book, but I have my students buy the much more comprehensive Galamian Scale System, aka my most used tool transcribed for cello by Hans Jørgen-Jensen, so Vol. 1 is totally unnecessary. This link is to the complete; unfortunately for the trees, the first 39 pages are completely unnecessary because the Galamian-Jensen is so much better. This is currently available as used on Amazon.com (click the picture below), so the price and shipping will vary.

Article on problems across the US in orchestras

Pithy and very good analysis from Philadelphia Inquirer culture writer Peter Dobrin about what’s going on with American orchestras and why, from Philadelphia to Indianapolis to Minnesota and Chicago. Written in the middle of Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s 64-hour strike.