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Mastering strings


Added 06 January 2018


Crystal Barker instructing a classs of students as they practice a scale. (Picture by Christoff Griffith)


In Crystal Barker's eyes, the violin is more than an object that produces musical sounds.

She said that when it is played it tells a story which evokes emotion from the musician and the listener. The instrument has a way of connecting people.

That bond is the foundation of her music school – Music Angels – where she teaches children from as young as three years old and adults how to master the craft of balancing their bow on strings.

Although teaching her students about the significance of correct feet positioning, ensuring they maintain a proper left-hand position and checking whether fingers are pressed firmly on the strings for clear sound is important, building a relationship with classmates and helping each other as a team is a key principle taught during classes.

That is why visiting her studio in Weymouth St Michael feels like a family oriented environment and she affectionately adopted the name “Aunty Crystal”.

The Saturday Sun caught up with the violinist recently who talked about her passion for teaching and the level of fun she has doing so.

“My entire family is a musician in some form or another and as a baby, I used to fiddle with my father’s guitar,” she said. “So I guess my love for music flows through my blood.” (SB)

Read the full story in today's Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.


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