July 2013

How to Use the First Finger on the Violin

July 30, 2013 03:48

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The First Finger on the violin is a very important finger.  Actually all the fingers are very important but the first finger has the ability to cause a lot of problems if he is not used correctly.  It is very important that you have a good foundation set for the first finger of the left hand.  He needs to be shaped like a table top and on his tippy tip. In this first video, I demonstrate how to draw a line in the middle of your finger to make sure that the groove created from the string is in the correct place.  I also demonstrate exercises on how to practice the first finger. It is very important for the left hand to be relaxed and for the left elbow to hang from the instrument. I briefly discuss the left elbow levels as well and a very small exercise to help loosen up the left arm.

In this video, I discuss the importance of Freeing the one from the knuckle in order to play low one. It is very important not to move the whole hand when you play low one but to actually have the index finger work by himself without influencing everyone else. If you can do this you are GOLDEN!!!

Happy Practicing!
Be TRUE... Be YOU ... Be
Heather Broadbent, Holistic Violinist
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Creator of Violin Fitness and Violin Secrets Academy


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Allow ME to WEEP

July 19, 2013 17:10

Have you wanted to cry? We all have wanted to cry at some point in our lives if it is for something serious or something minimal.... it starts the same way. We have a feeling in our chest and we need to get it out. AND it is good to get those negative emotions out of our energy field. When it starts - it may start small, but if we continue to think the thoughts it grows and grows and grows to the point we can not hold the dam of the water any longer and it bursts forth. OR maybe it stays within us.......No matter, the initial feeling is the same. Ironically enough, after my personal tearful moments this past week, I continued to work and knew I promised to make a video for a fan Jo Odowd and his daughter Luci. They asked if I could make a teaching video for them on Handel's ALLOW me to WEEP. In this video, not only do I discuss the piece but I discuss how one can visualize and feel the emotions and be able to manifest this through violin playing not only for the performer's benefit but for the listener as well. Enjoy. and when the urge happens to cry - let it go.... Those negative emotions need to be released and one day the sunlit path will appear.....

Be TRUE... Be YOU ... Be
Heather Broadbent, Holistic Violinist
Founder of Online Violin
Creator of Violin Fitness and Violin Secrets Academy


CONNECT WITH ME:
www.onlineviolin.net
online violin on facebook http://on.fb.me/14oZYlx
https://www.youtube.com/user/heatherkbroadbent
heather@onlineviolin.net



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Are You Frustrated with your Practice Sessions?

July 8, 2013 12:20

Are you frustrated with the lack of progress from your practice sessions? Do you feel you practice hours upon hours upon hours upon hours and only go to your lesson and after you totally bomb on your piece your teacher asks you the infamous question, "Did you practice this week?" And you reply through your tears, "Yes, I did." If this sounds familiar to you, true story for me:), then this video is for you.

Create a Practice Journal - Do not practice without it. Get organized!!! Create a road map and use a timer. I promise after you do this you will improve tremendously and feel great about your practice sessions:)

Happy Practicing - with your practice journal :)

Be TRUE... Be YOU ... Be
Heather Broadbent, Holistic Violinist
Founder of Online Violin
Creator of Violin Fitness and Violin Secrets Academy


CONNECT WITH ME:
www.onlineviolin.net
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www.youtube.com/user/heatherkbroadbent
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