I guess you all have heard the phrase: If you want to be a master, you have to first imitate the masters.
Well, in my highschool and university years, I was absolutely in love with Heifetz and Szeryng alternatively. So I had a Szeryng week followed by a Heifetz week and so on. With my teacher we studied every piece of video of Heifetz and Szeryng that we could get our hands on and, trying to understand how their technique works, we imitated their posture, bow hold, vibrato, we analised their interpretations and reproduced them as closely as possible. Then we extracted the principles behind their technique. It was very interesting to discover that their left hand, although diffrent, works pretty much the same (I am talking about the thumb). And their right hands seemed to have many things in common.
This has helped me a lot in developing my technique and musical identity. Also it has helped me realize that there is a very strong causal connection between how you hold your bow and violin and how you sound.
Now my setup is a Szeryng type (violin hold, bow arm, left arm) with some influences of Heifetz in phrasing and shifting.
My question to you all is: Have you ever tried to imitate your favourite violinist or violinists? Have you tried to replicate their bow arm, their violin posture, their technique so you could see what's behind their greatness?
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