The digital age has profoundly changed the way people learn music. With twenty-four hour access to digital libraries of sheet music, recordings, and tutorials, people now study in the comfort of their homes without worrying about schedules or geographical access to a teacher.
As a violin and viola teacher, I am thrilled to join the digital pedagogy age with MyTalentForge.com, which makes my teachings available to more students than ever before.
I am particularly happy to align myself with [my] Talent Forge because this site only features musicians who are established as outstanding performers, as well as teachers. Without the quality control of sites like [my] Talent Forge, the learner’s job of separating the wheat from the chaff becomes prohibitive.
Having expertly curated lesson material is extremely important when you are learning a stringed instrument. For example, type in “vibrato tutorial” into Google. You get over 80,000 results. Some are laudable, but far more are bastions of horrible or even crippling advice uploaded by amateurs who have no business teaching anybody anything.
In contrast, [my] Talent Forge subscribers learn vibrato from my whole series of videos sharing the best exercises, information, and shortcuts I have gleaned over the past three decades from legendary string pedagogues.
Seriously, given a choice, would you rather get the best information straight from a Juilliard professor, or would you rather try your luck with YouTube’s 40,000+ offerings?
Some of my videos walk students directly through exercises that cause vast improvements when practiced on a regular basis. Here’s a lesson that teaches a phenomenal tone production and relaxation exercise I learned directly from Josef Gingold, Joshua Bell’s teacher:
Other videos share a few simple tips that can instantly improve technique:
To date, I’ve created almost forty videos, and about forty pages of sheet music on topics including vibrato, tone production, comfort with the instrument and bow, stage presence, stage fright, left-hand short cuts, general musicianship, and revolutionary scale exercises. And there are more than 100 more lessons by other expert teachers on the site to further expand your musical prowess.
I’m constantly developing new content according to the needs and requests of the [my] Talent Forge community. It has been particularly exciting to respond to custom requests and questions of subscribers. I hope you’ll join us!
Oh, and when you do, be sure to use the coupon code DavidWallace for added savings!
-Doc Wallace, January 18, 2014