Some examples of what I see: (feel free to address just one or all)
1. students vibrating 'sideways'
2. playing on the inside of the bow hair
3. collapsed, stiff thumbs on the bow
4. straight, stiff pinkies on the screw
5. 'palming' the violin
6. L thumb tip pressed into the side of the neck
I find that 'reminders' don't work. The student makes an effort in the lesson, returns home and resumes playing 'the old way'. Some of these students are under the gun in Youth Orchestra, so can't be totally reverted to basics.
My theory is that technique doesn't change unless it is forced to change in order to conquer a given exercise, etude or piece.
Would love to hear suggestions for these sorts of solutions, as well as anything else that has worked consistently for you in your own studios.
Thanks in advance.
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