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Up Bow Control: Soft Dynamics Near the Frog
Many violinists find it challenging to play an up bow in the lower part of the bow. Especially when dynamics are soft or very soft. This can be particularly tricky during slow bow strokes...
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Reduce Muscle Tension: The Trapezius and Violin Playing
An important aspect of playing the violin is maintaining a relaxed posture. This extends to every part of your body, but today we’re going to focus on the trapezius muscles. These...
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The Minor Scale: Alternative Fingering for the E-String
In this lesson, we’re continuing with the theme of alternative fingerings high up the E-string, as we discussed in the previous lesson. This time, we’ll focus on the A minor...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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The Practice Notebook: Unlocking the Violinist Detective Within
Today, we’re diving into a practice essential that I wished I had used way earlier in my journey learning the violin: the practice notebook. Think of it as your violinist’s...
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Unconventional Tenths: Embracing the Spirit of Paganini
Let’s explore a curious way of playing tenths and that might be considered more of a musical frivolity than a practical technique. While not the primary approach to tenths, this unique...
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