July 30, 2013 at 2:50 AMSometimes the most difficult technical problems have simple solutions: "Just relax," "start from the string," "let gravity do the work."
Other times, the solutions just require a lot of practice.
And in this case, the solutions are just so ridiculous, you have to see them to believe them.
Michael from Violinexcerpts.com and Matt Kiefer go through three problematic areas from the cadenza to Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, the opening of Don Juan by Richard Strauss, and E-Flat arpeggios.
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