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By Rozanna Weinberger Practicing often entails making mistakes. But one of the greatest sources of confusion is how to deal with mistakes effectively. From the standpoint of utilizing our natural abilities it may come down to how we notice things.  A skilled teacher will help provide the student with the necessary parameters to observe perceived […]

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by Rozanna Weinberger One of the biggest challenges for advancing players is a comfortable left hand technique, including the ability to go from note to note without excessive strain as well as sound finger action & vibrato. There have been many great teachers of string playing, but two come to mind as pioneers shedding light on a […]

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by Rozanna Weinberger Throughout my studies it was typical that various teachers would espouse preferences in vibrato,between arm or wrist. D.C. Dounis has an interesting perspective where he goes so far as to say one is inferior to the other. Continuing from the material covered from the interview between Samuel Applebaum and Dounis, this entry will examine […]

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By Rozanna Weinberger The following article covers 5 common misconceptions typical among players young and old.  More advanced players may also show elements of these issues that were never fully overcome causing technique to be more challenging while technical execution may be less than maximum efficiency.     When holding the violin/viola the instrument stays in place by clutching it between […]

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by Rozanna Weinberger The idea that the joints of the hand/wrist/arm have a cause and effect relationship with each other seems to run counter to a technical approach that encourages a more rigid ‘positioning’ when holding the bow. In the previous blog we discussed the need for agility in the left hand, which is dependent on a fluid feeling […]

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