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Ask the Experts: how to encourage students to trust their ears

2023-01-30T09:00:00+00:00

A reader asks what can be done to help young students who rely on learning finger placement rather than trusting their ears. Three teachers give their views

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Technique: Sautillé

2019-10-15T03:14:00+01:00By

Tips to help you master a bow stroke vital for making a good impression at any orchestral audition

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‘Begin with some finger push-ups’ - Technique: Left-hand finger independence

2022-08-19T09:47:00+01:00

How to build strength and flexibility for a truly agile left hand with Adriana LaRosa Ransom, professor of cello and string project director at Illinois State University, US

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8 tips for good muscular health as a performer

2022-12-02T12:41:00+00:00

Looking after your body is the key to meeting the physical demands of a busy performance lifestyle, writes violinist Davina Clarke

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Technique: Finding your voice on the viola

2023-01-25T09:44:18.107+00:00

Susie Mészáros’s thoughts on shifting and articulation

Vibrato

Why can't players get vibrato right?

2022-03-03T10:00:00+00:00By

Vibrating need not compromise purity of tone if it's done tastefully, says Tully Potter, who takes to task those who overplay, misplay or completely disown it. From October 2009

Supple

Can bowing-wrist suppleness improve intonation?

2022-09-16T07:01:00+01:00

John Krakenberger has made a number of interesting connections between good tuning and loosening the bowing wrist in his teaching

Supple

Can bowing-wrist suppleness improve intonation?

2022-09-16T07:01:00+01:00

John Krakenberger has made a number of interesting connections between good tuning and loosening the bowing wrist in his teaching

Flexibility

6 ways to improve left-hand flexibility

2022-08-18T09:35:00+01:00

Tips from The Strad’s archive on increasing suppleness of movement and reducing tension

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How to improve your aural skills and ditch your sheet music in 5 easy steps

2022-10-28T07:49:00+01:00

Simplicity, curiosity and diligence are the keys to learning by ear, according to violinist Lissa Schneckenburger