February 2005

February 24, 2005 11:37

Was practicing vibrato last night, it was like the less I pressed down the more I was able to get that sound, almost as though I was letting go of my grip on the violin. It was so exciting to finally be able to start shaping the sound for the first time.

Hmm was also thinking maybe we could make some t shirts that say Im a violinist.com maniac?
:)

Until next time
Scott (muggle violinist)
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February 10, 2005 07:15


I wanted to say something about bow pressure. One of the first things that sticks in my mind about bow pressure is a conversation I had with someone about rabin and perlman and they were commenting how they press down too hard. Someone else said that it is bad to press down at all. I have heard people describe vengerov as having a "pressed" tone, although some say he changed his style. Later, I saw this ad in the strad magazine about ilya kaler and he was saying that oistrakh preferred to use more bow speed where as mr kaler prefers to use more pressure on the bow. I also saw a little part of a perlman masterclass on the live in russia video where this yound russina violinist was playing the ravel tzigane and mr perlman was telling him to play closer to the bridge and use more pressure on the bow. Then the art of violin came out and Perlman was talking about how heifetz didnt press down much but used alot of bow speed to get that "ghhhht" sound. And more recently, I read something that said mr heifetz was giving someone advice and told him to use a heavier bow and I started to think, maybe it is good to use some pressure if your bow isnt very heavy, maybe mr heifetz used heavy bows so he wouldnt have to press down and the bow was still heavy enought to get the full tone. I think because I am using a lighter bow, I need to press down to get the full tone but just a little... I know if i press down too much I can hear that choking sound. I think the next bow I get will be heavier so I wont have to press down to get the full tone.... Just some of my thoughts about tone and bow pressure. What do you think? I suppose if I dont get any resonses that no one is reading this. Can you hear me now?

Cheers
Scott (muggle violinist)
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February 7, 2005 10:33

Last night was fun - I figured out the beginning of the bruch concerto by ear, all those videos are so helpful, Im not a Menuhin fan at all but having dvds is so helpful for me - to have someone in front of me playing the masterworks - no guessing about bowing or fingering, its all right there in front of me.

Anyways that was really fun and then I played about half of the bach g min adagio by memory - its really starting to sound good, its exciting to play bach and have it sound good.

Also just experminting with bowing to get different sounds, just expermenting with bow speed and how that affects tone.

The vibrato this is really starting to come along, I like to play Albioni's adagio, nice and slow and plenty of long bows to practice vibrato, its finally starting to sund like music, how exciting!!!
:)

So as you can see all this is exciting for us muggle violinists, until next time

Cheers
Scott (muggle violinist)
visit my webpage

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