Articles

David Wallace Viola Garden

I’ve been publishing professionally since 1993.  This page assembles my best publications together for the first time.  You’ll find that I avoid writing dry, stuffy articles.  Rather, I enjoy writing “down and dirty,” practical guides to exploring new musical worlds (e. g. The Road to Blues Mastery) or articles sharing perspectives from my first-hand relationship with great musicians (e. g. Leroy Jenkins Improvising Innovator).  Below, you’ll find a categorized compendium of articles I’ve written on eclectic styles, teaching artistry, and classical pedagogy.  I also include a “top-secret” wiki-leaks section where I pass on additional resources my teachers or I use with our students.  Enjoy!

Understanding and Mastering Eclectic Styles:

Leroy Jenkins Improvising Innovator (Free Jazz)

Going Electric Part 1 – Profiles of Electric Violists Martha Mooke, Mark Wood, Asha Mevlana, Daryl Silberman

Going Electric Part 2- Electric Viola Resource Guide: Discography and List of Compositions

A Case for the American Viola Waltz- Includes Sheet Music for My Waltz Tannehill

Lone Star State Of Mind: Seven Steps to Texas-style Fiddle

Note: the above article contains a transcription of my performance of “I’ll Fly Away” from the Doc Wallace Trio’s Live at the Living Room album.

The Road to Blues Mastery

Get in the Loop! (On Playing with a Loop Generator)

Links for the scores mentioned in “Get in the Loop!”: Tracy Silverman’s “Olive Branch,” Jessica Meyer’s “Duende,” and Sean Grissom’s “Allons Danser Colinda”

The Contemporary Worship Violist

Link for Diana Clemon’s “The Viola Canon No. 1” in relation to The Contemporary Worship Violist

Walking in Mozart’s Shoes: Master the Art of the Improvised Variation

Sheet music for my Sacred Caprice No. 2 “Were You There?” referenced in the above article.

Demo recording for “Were You There”

Teaching Artistry:

In Search of Serious Play (Teaching Artist Journal)

An Alternative Approach to the Traditional Recital: Interactive Performance

Classical Music & Pedagogy:

Sascha Jacobsen: A Master Violinist Remembered (Violin Society of America Journal

From Violin to Viola: Effecting a Smooth Transition

Wiki-leaks: Additional Documents I Use in My Teaching, Many of which were Created by My Teachers or Colleagues

“Season to Taste”: The Art of Ornamentation in Baroque Music by Nancy Wilson [BEST PRACTICAL BAROQUE ORNAMENTATION ARTICLE EVER!!! INCLUDES ORNAMENTED SLOW MOVEMENTS OF TELEMANN’s VIOLA CONCERTO!]

David Wallace’s Brief Guide to the Most Common Electronic Effects

Articles and Resources Related to Karen Tuttle’s Master Teaching Principles:

Robert Dew: In Response to Instinct – Karen Tuttle’s Insights Into the Coordinated Action – Its Mechanisms, Articulation, and Prerequisites 

Robert Dew: The Coordinated Action Part 2: Instinctive Responses

My teacher Karen Tuttle’s compendium of the five human emotions.  Click for larger copy, or download:

Facsimile of Karen Tuttle's Compendium of the Five Human Emotions

Karen Tuttle’s Compendium of the Five Human Emotions

 

Free-jazz playlist: