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Well hi everybody. Since I just join this forum, but I have some nice tips to share everybody. And I really like to hear your idea about it.
For people who study violin in like 2 years or less, I usually see some problem that make playing violin is such a difficult task.
1. Right shoulder up => easy to be tired
2. Play too much on right side of the bow => lead the wrist => right shoulder up
3. Problem to make sound in the very end near the frog, or very end near the tip
4. Have difficult time play 4th finger, or stretch finger for octave
So here's some tips about that.
The tip is : DOWN...
Before play, try to be down on your body, that's mean relax shoulder, relax arm,everything's down in right meaning
- The 1st problem with the shoulder is actually made by the second problem, so try to play the bow 80% flat ( 80% hair on the string, not just a right side of it ). When you do this, your wrist must turn, you won't see it raise up too much anymore, and then try to make your shoulder relax. The sound that it create is actually the weight of your arm + the weight of the bow, your finger will control it. Doing this, you can feel your bow is IN the string, so \"Hand ON the bow => Bow IN the string => Play\"
- The problem when make sound near the frog or tip of the bow:
+ Near the tip: It always sound weaker that other place, so what we gonna do is, doing relax, and use power of your index finger. You will find yourself using more and more power of the index finger when you go from the frog to the tip ( opposite when you go back from the tip to the frog )
+ Near the frog: \"OMG it's so difficult to control it\", \"my hand look weird\", \"how am I gonna do with my wrist??\". These are commond question about it. Well the key is, if in the tip you use your index finger, so in the frog, the main finger is your pinkie. Not belive me? well you can try, shoulder relax, hand on the bow, bow on the string ( very end near the frog ) and you will feel the weight of your bow's tip is put into your pinkie, this finger will keep the bow balance, also most important is to transfer power from your arm, and receive the weight of the bow
=> So in general, you can see to make a down bow, power will be transfer from your pinkie => ring finger => middle finger => index finger. And upbow is opposite.
- Difficult to stretch finger. The key to do this is always stretch DOWN, never stretch UP. Like if you play tenth, it'll be impossible if you stay in 1st possition and try to stretch your pinkie, how about stay in 3rd possition, press your pinkie and stretch down? Feel lot better :)).. also easier .
Well that's few tips of mine, I feel really good to share it with all the violin lovers like me :D.... Just try it before belive me
Have a nice day
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