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I came across these at the weekend. Great tutorials!!
(the poor children looked bored out of their skulls, just watching and not playing, but this, I believe is how students from a previous generation learnd. Slow and precise! My G/F's daughter wouldn't even let me touch the strings with my left hand for 2 weeks, as this is the way she was taught! just bowing, upanddown,upanddown,upanddown.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)
I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....
no kidding FM, I had to have a couple of beers to watch all 6 lessons. LOL
I know the beginners will find it amusing... if they can stay awake!
I confess, I didn't last but about 5 minutes... and then I noticed how LONG the video was and just turned it off. Modern attention deficit, I guess. He seemed very earnest about wanting to teach those poor bored students, though.
These are great. Yeah, they are quite archaic by todays standards but I do like some of the emphasis he places on the importance of correct posture and most important, limbering up the body so that it is not stiff or rigid but movements flow in a fluid manner and the motion is loose and flowing. I think this is important and can never be overly emphasized. it reflects in my own playing. If I am tense, rigid, worried about something, the music comes out sounding tense,rigid, and very mechanical and not very pleasant. The more I am relaxed and limber , the music comes out much more smooth, flowing and more pleasant sounding... although in my case still in need of much improvement.
A also love the way these were filmed, rather than taped or digitally recorded. They have that classic colour and sound deterioration, and appearance of old 16mm motion picture film that has been sitting around for decades. Reminds me of the old ephemeral films we were often shown in school. Glad that someone had the sense to digitize these violin videos and archive them thus preserving them onward to the future.
Its also wonderful that people like Fiddlerman are making great tutorial videos nowadays to help people learn in the present and future.
Good luck to anyone trying to learn from Menuhin's videos (and book) because you are going to need it. Holding up the neck of the violin by balancing it on the thumb is a tightwire act that requires a particular feature set of the hand. For myself, a shoulder rest isn't a choice, there is simply no way around it without incurring a lot of extra difficulties. There is a reason his instructional methods are obsure: they either don't work or its trivial.
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