Transforming the Landscape of Music Education via the Web

Transforming the Landscape of Music Education via the Web

David Wallace Sharing Technical Secrets at Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp

David Wallace Sharing Technical Secrets at Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp

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:

 

And I’ve started a whole series of videos coaching subscribers on stage performance, performance anxiety, and peak performance.  Ever wonder how to conquer the problem of cold hands?  Here’s how!:


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

Comments

  1. I enjoyed the 5 minute bow! Yes, at first it seemed extreme but it helped, and will continue to do this method. Thanks for all your advice and for joining MyTalentForge. I do have a wonderful fiddle teacher here in Nashville, Gretchen Priest-May, but that doesn’t mean I can’t benefit from other master players and teachers. I am loving learning the fiddle as an adult, and so grateful that there is a supportive community!

    • DocWallace says:

      Thanks, Donna! The 5 minute bow works wonders, as do the other strategies and methods for learning tunes at [my] Talent Forge. I’m really glad that you’re in good hands in Nashville and that you’re enjoying learning the fiddle as an adult.

      Happy practicing!
      -Doc

  2. Your website and blog are really looking good! This project is shaping into something very special! -Kurt :-)

  3. Sharon Yuen says:

    Your scales have been incredibly useful for me. To have the correct pitch available for every pitch anytime I wanted, not just at lesson times has been an especially useful tool for me.

    • DocWallace says:

      Thanks, Sharon, I’m really glad the scale videos are helping! When I discovered what a great shortcut one-octave modal scales are, it revolutionized my whole approach to technique and practice. I will have some additional videos that expand on the concept and generate some variety so that we keep growing.

      You’re right that it really is important to be able to lock into true pitch when mastering intonation and the fingerboard. -And I think that’s one area where the new world of online pedagogy offers us advantages that weren’t there as much when I was learning to play.

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