July 2009

Restart after break/illness/injury.

July 18, 2009 19:48

 Question, Drew.


  Thanks to mild Arthritis and an injury to my wrist I haven't been able to play for over three weeks. Now that has been taken care of I'm back to practicing again, but it sound amateurish. Intonation, tone, and articulation are off kilter. Any suggestions into getting back in shape again?
Many thanks,

Hi Ray,

Sorry to hear of your difficulties. In addition to the tips below, I use Glucosamine with Chondroitin and MSM and this helps my joints tremendously.
Do short and very directed practice sessions—even 15 minutes and a short/long break, depending on how it feels.
1. Do some Planes (pg 4) in various parts of the bow with point of contact favoring near the bridge and slightly exaggerating the crescent path—partial orbit around the left hand, or as Buri says, 'smiley face':-)
2. Combine various pulses with crescendos and diminuendos as in Basic I (pg 11).
Left Hand
1. 8va Slides w/Hand Group Sequence (pg 22). In 1-4 the position and Hand Group change thereby covering the fingerboard more fully. Mix it up a bit and work on all strings.
2. O/C Hand Groups 1-4 + (pg 6) with precise, light Rep Hits and slightly accented bow strokes. Do Rhythm #1 at the bottom of page 7 (2-16ths & 1-8th), keep slow, but alive with energy and focus of note direction and tonal support. 
3. Also, some rhythmic and quick type work with Basics II and/or III.
Then do some 4ths (pg 42 #1), 3rds (pg 34 #1 & 3, or further), and 8vas (pg 27 1,4,5 & 8).
Now you are ready for Arpeggios—Root (pg 57 #1); 2nd Inversion (pg 67); and 1st Inversion (pg 62). Do with easy, precise Rep Hits across the strings and slur notes in pairs after the shift up, i.e., Root in Bb #1: 1D to 2F (slur with repeating 2-16ths & 1-8th playing DFD, FDF,DFD,FDF) and similarly F and Bb.
Then Scales on page 76 #1 and rhythmic variations with #2 on page 77.
Hope this helps—
God bless,
The selections above are from my book, but one can apply the concepts within your own technical work and even the repertoire—a very important application.


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Playing the Music…

July 8, 2009 21:59

 To All,


This was passed on to me…


enjoy the article AND the 2 minute video—it is a lesson and wonderful reminder of how one plays music…enjoy:-)


God bless,



Isaac Stern Link / NY Times  / from video…"From Mao to Mozart"





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