Keeping Your Violin Practice Private

I often hear from violinists who aren’t interested in public performance or taking live violin lessons. And that’s OK. Not every violin journey needs to be public. For many violinists, the practice will be purely personal. There is no unwritten rule that you must share your violin playing with family, friends or anyone at all.…

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Making the Violin Dead Simple

Always start your practice with something simple. Dead simple. Even if you feel it’s beneath you. You’ve got a few minutes to practice the violin? Great! In your busy life it’s increasingly hard to find time you can devote to something that seems so impractical as working on violin tutorials! So you skip the simple…

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When Should I Learn Violin Vibrato?

The best time to start learning violin vibrato? Day one. Often vibrato is considered an “advanced” technique, which should be pursued only after the basic foundation of the left hand is securely in place. But instead, vibrato is the natural result of a healthy approach to the instrument. With that in mind, I ask my…

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Can I Clean My Bow Hair?

Many a string player has asked, “Can I clean my bow hair?” In all honesty, I’m not the best person to ask. Though some musicians clean their bow hair, in my view the process is either non necessary or non effective. Over a lifetime of playing, I’ve only felt the need to try it once…

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Please Do Not Wait

Please do not wait until you’ve learned your favorite violin piece to celebrate that within your hands is a beautiful, powerful and precious object that was crafted lovingly at great effort. Do not wait to recognize that your mindful focus during practice itself is a life affirming, positive statement. Do not wait until your have achieved…

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