Technique that seems hard but easy
What was a technique that you thought was difficult but when you tried it you found out that it was actually easy?
For me it's left hand pizz.
I can't remember that far back for myself, but my students are frequently surprised at how learnable false harmonics are.
For me, false harmonics and ricochet bowing.
I think the most difficult technique is an advanced and artistic bow arm, both singing and articulate. It is the first real and most evident challenge for beginners, and is often the major difference between an intermediate piece played by an advanced violinist vs an intermediate player just learning the work.
for me as a kid it was vibrato. I just started using wrist vibrato and it just worked. I didn't have to practice it. My teacher was really surprised. As an adult I learned also arm vibrato. That and all the other things did not came by itself (at all) unfortunately :)
Everything on violin is hard. A better question would be what seemed easy and turned out to be ridiculous.
I've been told how easy ricochet is, but I struggled with it for months and still don't have it "right".
If you don't have a decent bow for ricochet or spiccato, it isn't going to work no matter how much you try. Whenever I demonstrate Schumann Scherzo for students, I have to remember to get my good bow out (I usually teach with carbon fiber) because I cannot make it sound good with any other bow.
Mary Ellen, I agree about the bow. I have a student who had a fantastic ricochet stroke on violin. She switched to viola and when she tried a piece with ricochet she absolutely could not get it to work. We figured out that her viola bow just wouldn’t do it. She got a better bow and it was back instantly.
In my case, i don't know but i think all my teachers neglected the ricochet and sautillé because i was never taught it off and i don't know how to do it, maybe it's my bow but spicatto and staccatto (both upbow and downbow) are quite easy. Also it's weird how I got to Bruch 1 level
Also, Tenths for me are easier to tune than thirds.
From my little one, another vote for artificial harmonics as being easier than it looks.
Mary Ellen - hmmm... I can do spiccato with my bow just fine, and my teacher demonstrated ricochet to me with my bow/violin so I know it can be done with my bow. (That tells you how long I've been working on this infuriating stroke - in-person lessons were still a thing!) And by not right I mean my bow hand keeps lapsing to it's old hold, I'm not doing the assigned number of bounces within each up and down bow (what I am doing is consistent, just not the assigned number of bounces). It's annoying.