Until this point, I’ve been mainly asking local young violinists or unknown professionals/teachers around the world. It’s been quite revealing but now the next step is to interview renowned teachers / artists.
I just arrived in the Netherlands, and will be interviewing some well known teachers. Everything will be filmed so I hope to get demonstrations along with explanations. The idea is to let each artist/teacher say what they want. By collecting the thoughts of various sought-after / renowned teachers/artists around the world, I hope that viewers can see where opinions may differ, and how important it is to find what works for you , etc
Here are some of the topics that I wish to address . If you think I’m missing anything, feel free to let me know:
If you are a teacher, explain how u teach to students as well
Violin set-up -> chinrest / shoulder rest / thoughts on SR vs non-SR (ie when should one use or not use?) how much time did you invest in this? What did you do? With young students or any students, how do you help them with this?
Violin posture -> collarbone / shoulder / instrument angle / does left hand support violin / can violin be moved or stationary? How far under should left hand arm be?
Bowhold -> how you hold the bow, and mechanics of arm/wrist/finger flexibility -> keep hair straight? Pronation? Importance of bow hold names? What is your conception of the various bow hold names?
Tightnesss of bow / weight of bow
Left hand -> contact point : thumb/index - third position contact point. Does thumb change position ? Pressure of left hand on strings
Finger contact point -> tip? Pad? Same as for vibrato no vibrato?
Bow distribution : how much attention should be spent on inaudible bow changes or is it an illusion?
How should spiccato be played (if relevant to interviewee : taught)? Before we look at that, is there a difference between sautillé / spiccato?
How should vibrato be taught? What kind? Pinky vibrato? How early should vibrato be taught with kids? In your opinion how long does it take for a student to develop an adequate vibrato? Some say they get in weeks / others say years?
How should staccato bowing be done/taught?
How should shifting be done/taught?
Repertoire vs technical studies ? What percentage of practice time devoted to each?
Repertoire: progression of repertoire, recommended progression of etude books (schradiek, sevcik, dancla, etc), concertos
Double stops / fingered octaves
Portamento / glissando
Bow pressure during double stops.
Bariolage / wrist bowing -> for example -> bach prelude 1006
Intonation -> thoughts , how should the violin be tuned ? Tuning in general? Adjust tuning for doublestops in what way? Melodic tuning? Playing with piano ?
Special techniques -> flying staccato
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