V.com weekend vote: Did you use fingerboard tapes when you first started playing? border=0 align=

V.com weekend vote: Did you use fingerboard tapes when you first started playing?

February 23, 2018, 9:19 PM · Playing the violin, viola, cello or any other un-fretted stringed instruments requires some serious motor skills, combined with listening skills.

When first approaching the instrument, the fingers will not likely find their mark without some help. Even beginners who already have an excellent sense of pitch will have to fumble around a bit to train the fingers where to land. And those who are still refining their sense of pitch will need to be hearing correct notes when they play.

These are among the reasons why teachers put tapes on the fingerboard, to help the fingers land in the correct spot. Ultimately, those tapes should eventually disappear and the ear should guide the fingers, but this can take time and training.

Think back to when you started -- which may be many years ago, or just last week! Did you have tapes on your fingerboard? And how long did those tapes last? What are your thoughts about using fingerboard tapes? You can speak from your own experience, or from teaching experience.

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Violinist Areta Zhulla to Join the Juilliard String Quartet in September border=0 align=

Violinist Areta Zhulla to Join the Juilliard String Quartet in September

February 23, 2018, 11:25 AM · Juilliard has announced that violinist Areta Zhulla will join the Juilliard String Quartet as first violinist in Sept. 2018. She will succeed Joseph Lin, who has been first violinist of the quartet since 2011. Lin is stepping down to take more time for his family after the birth of his fourth child. He will remain on the violin and chamber music faculties at Juilliard.

"I am forever grateful to my past and present colleagues in the Juilliard String Quartet for their humanity, wisdom, and artistry," Lin said. "Our experiences together exploring the most wonderful and profound music have been inspiring and humbling. As I turn now to the loving task of raising three young boys and their newborn sister, I know that these experiences will continue to nourish me as well as my children, and I look forward to bringing them to JSQ concerts for years to come. With great joy I welcome Areta Zhulla and eagerly await the new voice she will bring to the Juilliard String Quartet." Keep reading...

For the Record, Op. 46: Patricia Kopatchinskaja's 'Deux'; Cypress and Borromeo Quartets border=0 align=

For the Record, Op. 46: Patricia Kopatchinskaja's 'Deux'; Cypress and Borromeo Quartets

February 22, 2018, 4:49 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Deux
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Polina Leschenko, piano

For this album, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja joins pianist Polina Leschenko, whose energetic and unpredictable approach is similar to her own. Together they perform the Violin Sonata by Francis Poulenc; "Waltz from Coppelia" by Ernst von Dohnányi; Violin Sonata No. 2 by Béla Bartók and Tzigane by Maurice Ravel. A little history: The Hungarian violinist Jelly dAranyi, grandniece of Joseph Joachim, was a muse to both Bartok and Ravel. In 1922 and 1923, she premiered the two Bartok sonatas for violin and piano and Ravel dedicated Tzigane to her. He wrote to Bartok: "You have convinced me to compose for our friend, who plays so fluently, a little piece whose diabolical difficulty will bring to life the Hungary of my dreams; and since it will be for violin, why don't we call it Tzigane?" BELOW: Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Tzigane and also speaks about her album:

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