Technique – Page 8

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    The Strad Technique: Michael Frischenschlager’s Violin Scale System Part 2


    Michael Frischenschlager, professor emeritus at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, explains Part 2 of his two-octave violin scale and arpeggio system, as featured in The Strad's December 2015 issue. In this exercise the focus is on shifting - playing two-octave scales, arpeggios, dominant and diminished 7ths on ...

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    Violist Tabea Zimmermann on technique, teaching and competitions


    The German violist talks to Carlos María Solare about her teaching philosophies and the role of competitions in the development of young musicians

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    Violinist Christian Tetzlaff on whether or not to practise scales


    Sometimes in a concert if you feel tense or unsure, you might want muscle memory and motor skills to take over for a while so you can remove yourself from the performance and calm down...' Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and neurologist Dr Steven Frucht talk about whether scales and technical exercises ...

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    Cellist Alban Gerhardt on the importance of open string practice


    The German musician also advocates bringing a broader perspective to the interpretation of great concertos

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    The Strad Technique: Michael Frischenschlager's Violin Scale System


    Michael Frischenschlager, professor emeritus at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, explains his two-octave violin scale and arpeggio system for improving tone and intonation in The Strad's December 2015 issueStudents work in pairs, playing in harmony, and perform each exercise ppp and fff, in major and ...

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    How to improve your playing with slow practice


    Does slow and steady win the race when it comes to practice, or does a more up-tempo approach bring the best results, asks Rok Klopčič

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    Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum on varying bow speed


    When playing Bach we tend to use a slightly faster bow speed - with less core and more resonance' Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum speaks about varying bow speed depending on period and genre for the Play With A Pro Music Academy. The full masterclass is available here. Kirshbaum ...

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    How to achieve perfectly controlled bowing


    The presentation may be a little odd, but this video on how to achieve a clear and controlled bow stroke, drawing inspiration from the method of Paganini, features some very useful tips.Read: The evolution of violin bow holdRead: Violinist Aaron Rosand on improving bow technique

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    Violinist Rachel Podger gives Baroque bowing masterclass


    Imagine your hand is like seaweed in the water, always flowing...'British Baroque violinist Rachel Podger gives a bowing masterclass as part of the York Baroque Strings Project for students at the National Centre for Early Music in 2014.Podger speaks about the singular challenges of Biber’s Rosary Sonatas, considered ...

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    5 views on playing the perfect harmonic


    Learning how to do harmonics properly is invaluable to a player’s left hand, bow arm and intonation – as the following tips from The Strad's archive demonstrate.

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    Ask the Experts: how to cure a locked left-hand fourth finger


    Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

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    Violinist Itzhak Perlman on mastering up-bow staccato


    Josef Gingold: 'I'm sorry Mr Ysaÿe, I don't have a good staccato' Eugène Ysaÿe: 'Ah, don't worry, I'll give you a good staccato - and you won't forget!' While giving a masterclass for a young Cho-Liang Lin, violinist Itzhak Perlman relays a humorous story, passed on to ...

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    Violinist Aaron Rosand demonstrates the impact of bow direction


    For me the bow is the breathing process - it has to be free and clear' Violinist Aaron Rosand speaks about the importance of bowing direction and demonstrates his ideas in the opening of Sibelius's Violin Concerto. Read Aaron Rosand's blogs: Improving bow technique and Every movement ...

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    Using harmonics as a violin teaching and practice tool


    Although harmonics are most often used for musical effect, in the search for a perfectly pure sound they can be a wonderful aid to learning and practice, argues Laura Reed

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    Cellist János Starker on vibrato


    Vibrato is tension and release. I had an argument with Paul Rolland, who claimed I was rolling above the note and back, but I don't think so. I am in the middle of the note and then releasing' Cellist János Starker speaks about vibrato in an interview with Paul Katz ...

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    Violinist Ray Chen reviews fans' up bow staccato videos


    Violinist Ray Chen shares his humorous reviews of videos sent in by string players in response to his up bow staccato masterclass.Read The Strad’s 6 ways to improve your staccato.Watch Ray Chen performing Ysaÿe’s Solo Sonata no.6 at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium in 2009 – ...

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    6 ways to develop a smooth legato


    Tips from The Strad’s Archive on producing a fluid and beautiful tone

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    Violinist Ray Chen gives up bow staccato masterclass


    Violinist Ray Chen shares his technique for mastering up bow staccato - making use of tremolo.Read The Strad's 6 ways to improve your staccato.Watch Ray Chen performing Ysaÿe’s Solo Sonata no.6 at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium in 2009 – which he later won.

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    Cellist Myles Jordan discusses bow changes


    In The Strad's September 2015 issue, cellist Myles Jordan gives a detailed analysis of bow changes, particularly focusing on how mastering the collé change gives a seamless transition. Here he gives an audio–visual demonstration.

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    Violinist Jascha Heifetz performs Hora Staccato


    Jascha Heifetz demonstrates impeccable bow control in up- and down-bow staccato in his arrangement of Dinicu's Hora Staccato. Read The Strad's 6 ways to improve your staccato.