ARTIST FEATURE: We are joined this week by none other than the concertmaster of the LA Phil! Martin Chalifour is now in his 25th season with the orchestra and continues to enjoy a rich presence as a soloist and chamber musician. We couldn’t be more happy that he agreed to answer a few questions for us:
1) Why is rhythm important?
We say Music is the only International language… well, RHYTHM is the international METRIC SYSTEM for MUSIC, and without it, we could not converse with each through music like we do. It’s really the basis of everything, the building blocks.
2) How often do you practice with a metronome?
30 to 40 percent of my practice time.
No matter how strong your sense of rhythm is, the mechanical guide will always have surprises for you!
3) Why is it important to practice with a metronome?
Because no matter how strong your sense of rhythm is, the mechanical guide will always have surprises for you. We all tend to rush through long notes, slow down in hard passages, etc.
4) Can you name one thing that you like about the metronome on metronomeonline.com?
Always available on every device I own. And I like the old-fashioned classic metronome look, with only the broader numbers to select from. Plus, it’s LOUD enough.
VIDEO: Martin prepared this beautiful recital when LA Phil went into hiatus because of the Covid pandemic. Check it out: