Playing with soul (tone)
August 31, 2012 at 1:18 AMhey everyone,
I hear all the time, if you move when you play the violin, it is more expressive. While it looks very showy and emotional, I don't find it to be up to the hype. For example, i've seen videos of Heifetz playing with little movement, but under all of it was a fire-y passione. Recently, i've been trying out an awesome bow, and it has taught me some ideas on tone and powerful playing. I hope what i learn can help someone else out there looking for that burning tone.
1. Weight/heaviness - obviously the string needs to vibrate, and the more effort you can put behind the bow to just pull the sound right off the sounding board, the better
12. please respond if you found this useful, or you would like to add anything to my list. - ill add more if i think of them later
From Anne-Marie ProulxHi, I found these to be very true with myself too! I also found a wonderful bow lately and it is amazing how much one becomes even more aware of sound issues. As for moving while playing, I always said I better liked to watch a "little soldier" playing with sometimes more soul than a wonderful dancer with a little less soulful or beautiful sound..
Posted on August 31, 2012 at 6:08 PM
From jean goonAs for moving while playing, I really like Lindsey Stirling being able to dance while playing. Very creative young violinist.
Posted on September 1, 2012 at 12:12 AM
From steven suNice blog. One of my fav violinists, Pinchas Zukerman always says it should be your music that moves the audience not your showmanship. As long as you are moving because the music moves you, I think it's fine not the exaggerated movements some musicians make to be more "expressive"
Posted on September 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM
I think Lindsey Stirling is pretty creative that she combines the art of dancing with violin playing. There was also another person who does it. He was blogged a couple days ago but I can't recall his name. I also remember seeing a violinist who sings while playing!
As for tone production, it is very true that a lot of violinists tend not to focus on the middle notes. Since A and D are harder to bow on cause they are in the between of two strings, it takes more time to practice. I think one thing you missed is bow speed. I taught some friends and sometimes their problem is not just not using enough bow but their bows were moving so slowly, they were barely making sound. One should always remember to give it enough speed so you don't sound dead.
Assuming one understands the mechanics of tone production, instrument is crucial! I've been trying out some amazing violins and bows at a local luthier's shop. My violin is like a cheap car. When I try to build up for a huge bang, it just runs out of gear to go to compare to other violins I've tried. My bow is also too stiff to be able to have a good "grip" on the string or to be able to bounce properly or even to be able to produce dynamics at ease. I am hoping for a funding source so I can have a decent bow to produce more colours in my playing!
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