HOW TO IMPROVE TONE ON STRING INSTRUMENTS

Tone production is mysterious to many players. In fact, it is a linear problem easily solved. First, if you are not happy with your sound, recognize that you have a HABIT which works your bow for you. As long as you depend on your HABIT to produce tone, you will never improve. So the questionContinue reading “HOW TO IMPROVE TONE ON STRING INSTRUMENTS”

RAPID PROGRESS FOR BEGINNING VIOLINISTS

I received a lot of smiles at the Orlando ASTA convention last week for See Saw Swing, and especially The Vivaldi Hypothesis. This holds that any student who can negotiate all 60 pages in this beginning violin supplement will be ready to learn the Vivaldi Concerto in a minor. How long does this take? Consistently,Continue reading “RAPID PROGRESS FOR BEGINNING VIOLINISTS”

The well balanced Violinist (Violist, too)

Why playing without a shoulder rest is better – for bowing and fingering. Heifitz is the key to learning to play without the cantilevered shoulder rest. I am impressed to read personal stories of violinists who removed their training wheels (I mean, shoulder rests) because they wanted to emulate Heifitz: they could see and hearContinue reading “The well balanced Violinist (Violist, too)”