Open String Exercises
I've read that Leon Sametini, a pupil (and possibly the son) of Ysaye, had his student, a young Aaron Rosand, play open strings at lessons for 6 months.
Does anyone know or have open strings exercises they recommend? I suppose I can concoct my own, but don't want to re-invent the wheel. Thank you!
I don't know the answer you're looking for but I can tell you that six months of open strings will only work on the most driven and single-minded pupil. I know a talented student who was subjected to a long interval of open-strings. I'll spare you the details but it ended very poorly.
I suppose it depends what you are trying to achieve.
I suspect (but don't remember) that for the 6 months between receiving my first violin on my 4th birthday and starting lessons I only played open strings, most of the day, every day (that I do remember).
I'm interested in open string exercises for warming up my bow arm. I'm experiencing shoulder and elbow issues. My bow arm just ain't what it used to be! I find that 80% of my warm up efforts are taken up by the right hand and 20% by the left hand. Suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Thank you.
Auer's Method Volume 1?
Excellent suggestions, Stephen Brivati! Many thanks for taking the time and effort to share your valuable insights. You ought to post a video on YouTube showing these exercises! And yes, unaccompanied Bach is essential to my warm up routine. Thanks again!
At 74yo I find I (very) often need to re-awaken sensations and motions that I used to take for granted. Another publication which I find helpful is the Six Lessons With Yehudi Menuhin, who had to completely overhaul his bowing, with some success. He works on combining our natural arc motions, and his "genealogy of bow strokes" is pure genius.
Thanks, Adrian. I have Menuhin's book. I'll look into it.
Hi Stephen. I just ordered Prof. Drew Lecher's book. Thank you for the recommendation!
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