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Advice on how to produce effective dynamic contrasts from 120 years of The Strad
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?
The finest Stradivari in the world will sound poor if it is badly set up. Here are some points to consider sourced from our archive
Today's performers should remember that you don't need to be aggressive to make a searing point, argues Richard S. Ginell
The American violinist examines the role of the bow in tone production
The former Juilliard String Quartet cellist explained to Laurinel Owen how to effectively transmit energy from your body to the instrument in 2005
The British artist describes how to use the body to create a 'fearlessness of expression' and to give the sound meaning 'beyond surface preoccupations'
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Antoine Tamestit: We talk to the French violist and examine his beautiful 'Mahler' Stradivari viola
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