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Violinists Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike on memorisation techniques

2022-02-15T10:35:00+00:00

The two violinists share their memorisation tips in a conversation hosted by the Royal Philharmonic Society

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Leila Schayegh's top 5 tips on historically informed vibrato

2022-03-02T14:00:00+00:00

The Baroque violinist shares her wisdom on how to use vibrato authentically

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10 things you need to know about vibrato

2022-03-02T10:15:00+00:00

The following quotes, taken from the pages of The Strad over the past 100 years, offer a fascinating glimpse of the changing attitudes and approaches towards this most subjective and controversial area of a string player's technique

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Should vibrato exercises be practised separately from the repertoire?

2022-03-01T11:40:00+00:00

Teacher Talk: your string teaching questions answered by our panel of experts

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How to achieve smooth bow changes at the frog

2022-02-10T13:59:00+00:00

Former Juilliard School cello professor Bonnie Hampton answers advises readers on how to encourage smooth bow changes in their students. From 2011.

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6 ways to improve your string crossing

2022-02-08T12:25:00+00:00

Tips for even and seamless string crossing from The Strad’s archive

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7 pointers for perfect pizzicato

2022-01-01T00:01:00+00:00

Advice on plucking and strumming from 120 years of The Strad

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How can violinists create a personal sound?

2021-11-08T15:30:00+00:00By Jessica Duchen

Once upon a time, violinists just wanted to get as close to Heifetz's sound as they possibly could. But now that golden standard no longer applies, Jessica Duchen asks, how do the stars of today mark themselves out as special?

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Esther Yoo’s practice tips: chord pizzicato

2022-01-01T00:01:00+00:00

Continuing her series of video tutorials in which she shares her practice tips, the American violinist covers chord pizzicato. She says: ‘This week, I wanted to share some thoughts on pizzicato – chord pizzicato, to be exact! The end of the third movement of Glazunov’s violin concerto has a few ...

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Opinion: Jedi Wisdom for string playing

2022-05-04T08:43:00+01:00

In the second of his articles, mining the wisdom of the Star Wars universe, cellist Brian Hodges explains how the teachings of the Jedi can be applied to string playing

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Replacing shifts with a stretch: Daniil Shafran’s left-hand technique

2021-09-17T09:48:00+01:00

Oskar Falta examines Soviet cellist Daniil Shafran’s unique left-hand technique and vibrato in this extract from the September 2021 issue

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Developing arm, wrist and finger vibrato

2022-03-04T11:30:00+00:00

Rok Klopčič takes a look at different types of vibrato through the eyes of the great teachers and players - from the June 2003 issue

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How to achieve smooth bow changes at the frog

2022-02-10T13:59:00+00:00

Former Juilliard School cello professor Bonnie Hampton answers advises readers on how to encourage smooth bow changes in their students. From 2011.

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Open to change: a history of scordatura

2021-08-31T13:40:00+01:00

In this extract from June 2003, Pauline Nobes delves into the history and purpose of scordatura from the 17th-century onwards

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Violinist Ray Chen gives left-hand pizzicato lesson

2022-01-01T00:00:00+00:00

Don't cut the nails on your left hand too short. This will help with catching the string - unless you have calluses made of iron!'

pike and little

Violinists Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike on memorisation techniques

2022-02-15T10:35:00+00:00

The two violinists share their memorisation tips in a conversation hosted by the Royal Philharmonic Society