Technique: A 30-minute routine to keep your playing on top form

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Ideas to help violinists and violists maintain high technical and musical standards around a busy regime

It can be difficult to stay in top technical and musical shape as a professional musician, particularly for those of us who have busy teaching schedules and families, or for string teachers who do not perform regularly. In order to maintain high playing standards it is important to review basic skills every day, to keep our muscles strong and supple, and to keep our ears critical of our sound quality, intonation and phrasing, so that we play as beautifully and as consistently as we can. Without effective practice, our ability to assess our own playing, or to convert the sound we hear in our mind into the sound produced on the instrument, will degrade…

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