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Top Ten Classical Music Mishaps

A page-turn gone wrong
A page-turn gone wrong

Performing on stage is not for the faint of heart. There are the hours of practice and the agony of performance nerves. When things go well, of course, it is one of the most rewarding and exhilarating activities. When things go wrong, however, they can go very wrong indeed. And there are plenty of people to witness your discomfort!

Here is our collection of some of the most notorious classical music mishaps. Though they are funny, spare a thought for the musicians involved who, more often than not, handle them with professionalism and a wry smile. Continue reading...

The funniest ever performances of classical music

The Melodica men
The Melodica men

Think classical music is a bit serious? Take a look at these hilarious performances of some of the great works of the classical repertoire and think againÖ. Continue reading...

How to play the Hosepipe

OAE Horn player Martin Lawrence making a hosepipe horn
OAE Horn player Martin Lawrence making a hosepipe horn

Making a brass instrument from a hosepipe may sound like something from a cartoon, but if you think about it, even the most expensive brass instrument is not much more than a bit of pipe with either keys, or a slide to make the pipe longer. Continue reading...

When you use your cello as a guitar

Icelandic cellist Laufey
Icelandic cellist Laufey

We're all used to the cello as a beautiful melodic instrument - whether it's the gliding lyricism of Saint-SaŽns's The Swan or the introspective warmth of Bach's Cello Suite No.1 but it can also be surprisingly percussive and rhythmic.

Here are three of our favorite examples of the cello being used as an instrument that's full of pluck!


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This Young Man Sounds Like Three Guitarists in One

Kent Nishimura performing Rock with You
Kent Nishimura performing Rock with You

If you close your eyes and just listen to this acoustic fingerstyle guitar version of Michael Jackson's Rock With You - by young Japanese guitarist Kent Nishimura, you'll probably swear there are two or three people playing. There's a laid-back half-time beat, there are chords, there's melody, there's even a bit of a bass line.

So it's quite a shock when you realise there was no over-dubbing involved, this was all recorded live and performed by just one, very talented young man Continue reading...

Coltrane's Giant Steps...on Bassoon

VG Bassoonist performs Giant Steps ....on bassoon
VG Bassoonist performs Giant Steps ....on bassoon

"Giant Steps" is a famously challenging jazz track composed by saxophonist John Coltrane. Released on his 1960 album of the same name, the track became famous for its rapid-fire chord changes, where chords that are usually only distantly related rain down in quick succession.

Improvising over the Giant Steps chord progression has became something of a rite of passage for jazz musicians the world over. A challenge to see if you can master one of the trickiest series of chords ever created for the jazz improviser.

But another approach is to see if you can play Coltrane's own solo note-for-note on your own instrument. Continue reading...

Official: Deer Love Bach!

Who knew that deer love Bach?
Cellist Diana Gomez discovered the truth when she took her cello to a park in Aarhus, Denmark, and started playing the famous opening to Bach's Cello Suite No.1 in G major

Watch the interaction below. Continue reading...

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