Most Common Misconceptions About Violin Practice & Making Mistakes
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 […]Read more
Natural Left Hand Technique and Common Misconceptions
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 […]Read more
Most Common Misconceptions About Bow Technique & Sound Production
by Rozanna Weinberger For many string players, there is very little about playing a violin, viola or cello that feels natural without plenty of practicing. While no one can avoid plenty of practice to master a piece of music to the point where it is ready for performance, no doubt, discovering the easiest way to […]Read more
The Most Common Misconceptions About Right Hand Finger Action
by Rozanna Weinberger Right hand finger action is a cause for bewilderment by many students. The myth is that the fingers must be trained to move back and forth, to curl and straighten, to effect a proper bow hold. While in principal its true these movements need to occur, the movements are the effect of a […]Read more
Wrist vs Arm Vibrato: Which is better?
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 […]Read more
5 Common Misconceptions About Basic Violin, Viola Technique
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 […]Read more
Bow Hand Technique: The Most Common Misconception About The Wrist
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 […]Read more
Can We Talk About Teaching ‘Speed & Tempo’ Using A Violin With Cars On It?
by Rozanna Weinberger Students have so many ways of taking in information. The question is how to teach in a way students understand with their bodies, and physical momentum. Any time rhythm and tempo are felt in the body as well as intellectually understood the student is much more likely to have a more natural […]Read more