Technique, fluency & free expression
We develop fluency through mastering the fundamentals, and in fluency we find the means to freely express our musical ideas. For everyone interested in how the violin is played – this website illustrates my approach to learning the fundamental techniques at the heart of good violin playing.
The website combines my two titles (Violin Bow Technique & Violin Left Hand) previously available on disk, and sets all the material in one easily accessible place.
Using this site
Each topic carefully illustrates a particular exercise with a video clip and explanatory text. You can follow the order in which the material is presented, beginning with the basics and following through to the more advanced techniques, or select a topic of interest and navigate from there.
The menus can move you around very quickly. There is a lot of content on the site, more than 400 topics with video clips, text and printable scores – keep in mind that learning to play the violin is a subtle art, it shouldn’t be rushed. Take your time, view each video repeatedly and fully absorb the topic. Return to a topic as often as you feel is necessary to extract the lesson.
There are many advantages in using video in this way to assist your violin study or teaching:
- Video, and being able to repeatedly view an exercise, can clearly show the simultaneous physical actions involved in violin playing. Being able to see the interdependence in these actions can provide new perspectives and insights.
- Teachers can use a video clip of an exercise as an illustration or reference point in a lesson.
- Students are able to refer to a topic under study, review the video and do the preliminary work prior to the lesson with the teacher, and make the lesson itself far more efficient.
- Teachers and trainee teachers can use topics and content as discussion points in their training and professional development.
The material here is available by subscription, at either $6/month or $36/year. Subscribers have full access to all the content, and you can subscribe from Registration page.
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