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Exploring Uncommon Fingerings: The Major Scale on the E-String

Practicing scales is an essential component of violin technique, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to fingering. In this article, we’re going to look at an unconventional fingering pattern for playing a scale on the E-string. Remember, it’s important for every violinist to experiment with different fingerings to discover what feels most natural. However, it’s also …

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Body Awareness and Attention Direction

Playing the violin is a beautiful interplay between you and your instrument. To create beautiful music, you must also create harmony within your own body. In this article, we explore techniques that not only foster body awareness but also empower you to direct your attention purposefully during high-stakes moments like performances. The Bodyscan One powerful …

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Mastering Finger Patterns

In a few of our earlier lessons, we stressed how important it is to create a reliable hand frame (you can find these lessons by searching for ‘hand frame’). This basic idea serves as a cornerstone for precise finger placement and smooth execution. Now, let’s delve deeper into the concept of finger patterns within the …

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Expanding the Hand Frame: Reaching Back with the 1st Finger (PART 2)

We’ve previously discussed the concept of reaching back with the 1st finger, which greatly contributes to establishing a comfortable and dependable hand frame – a natural arm and hand position that aligns our fingers accurately on the fingerboard. Drawing from the earlier lesson titled “Expanding the Hand Frame: Reaching Back with the 1st Finger,” you …

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Mental Training & Visualization for Violinists: Insights from the Huberman Lab Podcast

As violinists, our pursuit of excellence drives us to explore various methods to elevate our skills and performances. One such powerful approach is mental training and visualization, as discussed by Professor Andrew Huberman in the ‘Huberman Lab Podcast’ episode titled ‘Science-Based Mental Training & Visualization for Improved Learning’. Many of you have probably experimented with …

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