I, as many of you know am a violin teacher and have been so for like 10 years in different places. The most consistent students I have play in my class for around 6 or 7 years at most.
But I notice one thing regarding sound. Still after making some good progress on the violin, most students don't really develop a sound.
I work much on bow hold and direction of the bow and of course intonation. I had some students who came up with the idea to learn vibrato early on and to some extend some students learned that quite well, but they are the exceptions. Most of them still sound like advanced beginners. Meaning the sound is quite dead and not formed.
I know, that those students are not all in on the violin and that violin playing is a thing you have to invest good hours in. But maybe I can get some hints from other teachers here regarding the step from sounding like an beginner to sounding like a violinist. Or does that all have to do with the thing we call musicality?
What is your experience? Are the good sounding students the exceptions? What do you do, when there is a lack of sound imagination in a student?
Thanks in advance
edit: I might add, my students are aged 5- 18 years old. I am talking about the age 11-12, where there is the make it or break it moment, when they become more conscious of what they are doing. I usually have more problems with students that age than with very young ones, but I think the age 10- 13 is the most important for the development in a student
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