Tips to Overcome Upper String Problems, Part 2

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In the last post about this topic, we discussed various problems violinist and violists face when learning or perfecting basic technical issues: Producing a smooth, steady, consistent tone, getting a clear, pure tone quality when fingering pitches, changing between strings without accidentally playing another string, playing double stops successfully, especially when fingering notes, and producing basic hand and arm vibrato. Now we will look into more complicated, advanced problems and technical issues to overcome and master!

Triple and Quadruple Stops: These ...

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Playing Duets With Your Students

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Having our students practice and then show us their solo work during a lesson is a great way to check on their progress, and has been a standard way of doing this for decades, even centuries. But as suggested by a previous blog, “Keeping the Interest ALIVE Part 2” by PLIYH teacher Amanda Munson, it is a worthwhile idea to engage in duet work with our students. This definitely shows that we are willing to put in the effort of ...

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Debussy: Master of Colors

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Achille-Claude Debussy was born August 22nd, 1862 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the outskirts of Paris. Deemed one of the foremost Impressionist composers along the likes of Ravel and Satie, he did much to push music in his day to new heights and expressions. He was quite a musical prodigy, notwithstanding that he came from a very poor family. Early on he attended the Paris Conservatory at the age of 11, after only have taken piano lessons for 4 years. While he was ...

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