I've heard that the thing that separates the best from the mediocre is that the best violinists consitantly perform the super-basics perfectly. Obviously playing the violin is dynamic and complicated, but at the same time if one has a problem with his/her sound, chances are it can be attributed to somthing super basic. With that theory in mind, i'd like to hear what you think are the super fundamentals that we should constantly strive to perfect each day...here is my list in order of importance, but do any of you or your teachers have any to add??
1. INTONATION (if you can't hit the notes, what ARE you playing?)
2. SOUNDING POINT/BOW CONTROL(where the bow strikes the string is a dynamic thing, but it should never strike where you don't intend it to for sound effect)
3. RELAXATION (tensiond restricts everything, nuff said)
4. DELIBERACY (i'm talking about unintention notes/accents, accidental open strings, ext. I sound terrible when i hit that open string accidentally)
5. VIBRATO (the essence of your personal voice on the violin!)
What have i missed?
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