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Navigating the Trial Lesson

Navigating the Trial Lesson

I recently helped a colleague of mine who moved from out of state and is beginning to build her studio from scratch. I had forgotten how nerve-wracking this process can be! She was entering an area with many excellent violin teachers already, so conveying her skills...
How Does Tapping Maintain the Bowhold?

How Does Tapping Maintain the Bowhold?

How does tapping maintain the bowhold? I took a training years ago whose primary focus was two dozen quick, seemingly simple activities with the just bow. There were many exercises whose purpose was not obvious to me. Okay, honestly, most of them. Like … what function...
Vibrato Tips & Insights (4 of 4)

Vibrato Tips & Insights (4 of 4)

Vibrato Tips & Insights (4 of 4): Getting the Full View (and Full Sequence) There are a dozen tips I still want to share with you. I’ve been wrestling all week with which one to choose for this last email! The first finger that just won’t loosen up?...
Vibrato Tips & Insights (4 of 4)

Vibrato Tips & Insights (3 of 4)

Vibrato Tips & Insights (3 of 4): Thumb Swings My last tip went into the secret recipe for using the shaker egg (here). Today we’ll move onto the next step. Let’s assume our vibrato novice has now gotten a good oscillation with just the hand and egg....
Vibrato Tips & Insights (2 of 4)

Vibrato Tips & Insights (2 of 4)

Vibrato Tips & Insights: The Shaker Egg (Part 2 of 4) My vibrato sequence may have been a cake half-baked when I was first starting out, but I had one useful ingredient.Yes. Eggs. Specifically, the shaker egg.We’ve all tried this exercise with our students....
Vibrato Tips & Insights (1 of 4)

Vibrato Tips & Insights (1 of 4)

Vibrato Tips: Introduction (Part 1 of 4) I remember when I was a beginning teacher and it was time to teach vibrato for the first time. Whoever that first student may have been, she is definitely one step closer to sainthood because my vibrato sequence was definitely...