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Favorite Tips from Violin Masterclasses
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April 26, 2022 - 4:23 am
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First, I always urge everyone to check out all the great tutorials by Fiddlerman! 

There's been a few masterclasses I also find extremely helpful.

Was working on my intonation & remembered a GREAT tip I from a Masterclass (just don't remember which one, at the moment): 

💥 Don't bother trying to correct an 'off' note without playing the note that comes before it!  The idea is to understand the interval between the 2 notes played is just as important to learn & get right as the correct pitch!  


This is GREAT - Pinchas Zukerman shows 'articulation' comes from the BOW - it's NOT all left hand: 


What I've learned from this masterclass on vibrato, is I have to just let my thumb loosely go to where it needs to be (for a little support) and not obsess about it - so I can concentrate on the vibrato speed and width.  I like the expressiveness and I'm still working on it, to make sure my bowing & intonation don't go out the window in the process.


I posted these videos elsewhere, but I feel pretty strongly that if bowing isn't straight - it's hard to progress with anything else on the violin, or viola.  ...and think everyone can get sloppy once in a while - maybe forget how important bowing really is:

Violin Practice: 10 ways to straighten that bow

Detaché Violin Bow Stroke: Problems & Solutions


Have any favorite Tips from a Violin Masterclass to share? 🤗 


Want a taste of what's possible?  I'm still looking through these, but VERY impressed so far!  Hillary Hahn digs into advanced, but core playing techniques, in "6 Partitas".  Love the deep dive into the intricacies of Double Stops when she talks about "Phrasing Technique", but GREAT mini masterclasses for each Partita:  

6 Partitas - Hillary Hahn 


November 29, 2022 - 7:14 pm
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Wish I'd found these when I was starting out! 

Haven't finished going through all these, yet - so my only tip is to watch ALL 6 of these basic masterclass videos by Yehudi Menuhin!  

These videos are just packed full of wonderful info - wow, every word counts!

Each video has time-stamped Chapters in the description. 

Here's the 1st one - the last one is incomplete and the video quality is poor, but still FABULOUS!!! 



Yehudi Menuhin Beginner Masterclasses - 6 Video Playlist


The 5th video - yep, thought I was balancing the neck on my thumb pretty good, but I see I need to do it more/better if I'm ever going to get a better vibrato.

- Emily

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