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Why Use Bowing Patterns with Beginners?

Why Use Bowing Patterns with Beginners?

Why Use Bowing Patterns with Beginners? About four years ago I had the realization that my advanced students sounded better on Book 1 not because they’d practiced their Book 1 songs more, but because they had more technique. I know. Obvious. BUT. I wondered....
What Suzuki Knew, That Took Science 50 Years to Prove

What Suzuki Knew, That Took Science 50 Years to Prove

While for years I’ve stood by the Suzuki philosophy that “every child has talent,” this past week a conversation with a friend, a well-known practice coach from Los Angeles, showed me a gap in my thinking. The gap is tiny, but through it you can see the...
Solving the Straight Pinky Problem

Solving the Straight Pinky Problem

Although I teach my beginning students how to flex and re-curve their bow-hand pinky even before they begin on the violin, about a month ago I noticed that 6-year-old Rose, who is midway through Book 1, no longer had a beautifully flexible bowhold as she played....
Heart of Violin Teaching

Heart of Violin Teaching

The Heart of Violin Teaching by Elise Winters Vivid emotions, rich images, and pungent smells. Fragments of a past that recedes away from us with each year of grown-up responsibilities and challenges. Hiding under the kitchen table, running my hand over...