Vanessa White


January 2019 - Blog Entries

Performing Under Pressure

26th January 2019


Hello! Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist! How do you deal with pressured situations? If you’re anything like me, it’s a challenge and sometimes wonder why I put myself through it all. There’s a simple answer to this, because I love what I do and the pressure to do well will improve me as a player and performer.


As the weeks progress, I’ve been setting myself deadlines not just for concerts, auditions and assessments but also personal deadlines to work towards too. I believe that it’s important to get through repertoire as quickly as possible to a decent level but sometimes it’s hard to do this without a specific deadline to work towards.


I’ve started to try and set up dates for recording repertoire that I’ve been working towards to give myself the pressure to play to a performance level on a regular level. I’ve actually come along a long way having done this. Learning repertoire quickly but also getting used to performing in pressured situations on a consistent basis.


I would highly recommend recording yourself often or doing something even if that’s performing to friends, colleagues and family. It will make performing so much easier long term as you learn how to cope with the nerves and pressure of performing as well as find the best way for you to stay concentrated throughout your performance.


Performing is thrilling! Make it the best experience of your life :)


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See you next week for the first February post :)

January Blues

12th January 2019


Hello and Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist. How have you all been able to stay positive and focused in the grey and miserable January weather? I find it very difficult at this time of the year when all the Christmas lights are down and there’s still another few months before the weather starts to improve. What is it that motivates you to carry on working on your everyday activities?


I am definitely a person that enjoys the sunny and warm weather better than the cold and breezy winter. This time of the year I find it very hard to stay on track with my playing goals and tasks at hand. So what am I doing to try and stay focused this January?


I’m really excited about my year ahead, a lot will be happening, I have a lot of playing opportunities in the spring and summer and so this all requires a lot of work to reach my full potential. I want to be the best I can be for this and so when I put myself into a practice room I will be thinking about these upcoming opportunities. Also, by the end of the year I hope to be making my dream over the past few years come true with my plans to move abroad. So that’s all the more reason to stay focused and motivated, looking at the future ahead and where I want to be.


What is it that I’m trying to say…? I believe it’s important to look at the long term goal, where you see yourself in 6 months/1 years’ time? What you have to do in order to achieve that and what can you do right now to make those achievements even bigger?


Thinking ahead has certainly made everything feel not too far away and so staying focused and productive has been much easier for me than in previous years.


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See you next time :)

Christopher White Bows

Happy New Year!

5th January 2019


Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely holiday period and are excited for 2019. I’m hoping that this year is going to be a really exciting one for me, finishing my Bachelor’s degree at the RNCM and looking towards the future at the next stage of my violin career.


Here’s a little piece I recorded with my father this week to wish you all a Happy New Year from us (I think you’ll recognise one or two of the tunes). We performed this as part of the Great Bowden Music Fest presents: ‘A Flavour of Vienna’ on New Years Day. I hope you enjoy :)


Having been at home for the Christmas holidays for the past three weeks has meant I have been able to play with my dad, show him what I’ve been up to in the past few months, and most importantly I can play some of his new violin bows! As a teenager, my father never let me play on just one bow as he thought it was important to be versatile and curious to try out different violin bows. It wasn’t until my 21st birthday that I was given my own. At the time I was really frustrated having just got used to one to suddenly find it given away and I had to move onto to another, but I learnt very quickly how much the bow can make a difference to the sound of the instrument. Every bow sounds completely different and it’s so important as a player to find the bow that’s right for you.


This Christmas he had just received a new bow that is in stunning condition and is one of the easiest bows I’ve ever played on… I’m very jealous I can’t swap bows now! He does a lot of trading in the violin bow world and always has an excellent selection of bows that there must be something that will suit any player out there. If not, then he’ll help you look for the perfect one.


If you would like to get in contact send me a message and I will send you his details.


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See you next time :)


P.S. There's another recording of us performing on my new 'Media' page.

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