Wait… What did you say? Are you serious?
Well, almost. Positions are a fundamental part of the fingerboard mapping and it is important to include them as a part of the violin technique study. However, Trendafil Milanov does approach the violin technique from a completely different angle and the positions are just one out of the four basic directions on the fingerboard.
Trendafil Milanov classified the basic movements of the left hand into four main directions:
Diagonal right to left: the movement of the fingers from a lower position to a higher position from a higher to a lower string
Diagonal left to right: the movement of the fingers from a lower position to a higher position from a lower to a higher string
Horizontal: along the same string
Positional: the movement of the fingers staying in the same position (including string crossing)
The student is invited to explore all four directions on the fingerboard from the very beginning. That way, by the end of the first year they are comfortable playing at any string or position, no matter how high.
Trendafil Milanov approaches the violin from the whole to the detail, allowing the student to enjoy and explore the instrument by himself. Instead of limitations (one position only, a small amount of bow, one or two keys), the student has the opportunity to see “the whole picture” and build confidence from the very beginning.
Through easy, short melodies and lots of transposition, the different points on the fingerboard are connected, and very soon the student has a quite complete idea of the whole fingerboard map. As the tasks get gradually more complicated, the finger dexterity of the student develops quickly, allowing them to get more and more into detail of intonation. With every step, the student gains more confidence approaching the fingerboard, and finding a single note in a high position becomes an easy task, not requiring any additional “stepping stones” as orientation. There is no anxiety related to playing a passage in a high position and the whole process of learning is very pleasurable and easy, as for the student also for the teacher.
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