As a self-taught amateur, I have not had the benefit of the insight that comes from a great teacher. However, I have player-friends who are willing to keep me on the right track and point out little technical things that do make a difference. I was playing a few tunes from a folio called 'Violin Pieces the Whole World Plays' (Embassy Music, 1916) and one friend asked, "Where did you get those shifts and fingerings?" When I showed them the edition, they commented, "Oh. That's old-fashioned stuff."
In reality, there are much more comfortable (and just as sweet) ways to play these pieces, but I had assumed that the 'old-fashioned' editing was done for a reason. I would appreciate and welcome any comments.
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