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Thistle and Shamrock
11:38 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Bass Rock

Alain Genty and Patrick Molard.
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Contributions by acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music are subtle, imaginative and, with players like Alain Genty, firmly in the foreground.

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Mountain Stage
10:03 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Henry Girls On Mountain Stage

Henry Girls' members perform songs from their recent album December Moon.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:10 pm

The Irish sisters in Henry Girls make their first American appearance on this episode of Mountain Stage. From Inishowen in County Donegal, Ireland, Joleen, Lorna and Karen McLaughlin create a seamless mix of folk, bluegrass and traditional Irish music, framed by their chilling three-part harmonies.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:47 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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In Practice
8:19 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: New York Polyphony

New York Polyphony perform Renaissance songs for an In Practice recording session.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:01 pm

The four-man vocal ensemble New York Polyphony sings ancient music built for big resonant spaces. Since they can't just pop into St. Patrick's Cathedral any time they need to practice a renaissance mass, the group rehearses sometimes in the Jackson Heights home of bass singer Craig Phillips. There, in a modest-sized living room, they can hear every detail. "It's a very different experience rehearsing in a dry room and a small room," says tenor Geoffrey Silver. "You actually hear what you and your colleagues are singing, there's no watercolor wash over what you are doing."

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In Practice
8:16 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: Jonathan Biss

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:04 pm

It's tough to concentrate on the rigors of Beethoven with jackhammers pounding in your ears. So when they started demolishing the building next to Jonathan Biss, he moved his piano out of his apartment into a separate studio, away from the commotion. "I would get up in the morning, the piano wasn't there, and I had to leave my apartment to go practice and I've decided that's a much more productive way of working," he says. Biss needs a good working environment for his massive project.

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