What’s it like working with four of the most famous bass teachers all at the same school?
How does eye movement affects learning and performing?
Why is mastering the bow so crucial for a bass player’s development?
We answer these questions and much more on this episode featuring Susan Cahill.
Susan is a Chicago native and a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst as well as Stuart Sankey and Murray Grodner.
She has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since 1997 and teaches at the University of Denver.
Here’s the flow for the episode:
- Part 1 – Sweet Home Chicago
- Part 2 – working with teaching titans: the approaches of Stuart Sankey, Murray Grodner, Lawrence Hurst, and Bruce Bransby
- Part 3 – best ways to build your chops
Links to check out:
- Susan’s website
- her Colorado Symphony page
- her University of Denver faculty page
- Vaughan Williams Piano Quintet in c – Festival Mozaic
- Sue playing Failing
- Cahill – Blue Light John Novacek / Susan Cahill
- Sue performing Rossini Duetto
- Crumb – Madrigals, Book 1 – Sharon Harms / Cahill / Kinzie
- Green – Body and Soul John Novacek / Susan Cahill
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