you will learn the basics of violin playing which are essential for your growth and development as a musician. They include posture, violin placement, everything about bow arm and how to play freely and without tension. You will learn how to choose proper chinrest and I will help you with that. Also, if you decide that want to continue using shoulder rest, we will go through basics of holding the violin and places of support. Furthermore, we will focus on the bow hold, right hand mechanics, left hand mechanics, vibrato, shifting, positions, string crossing, strokes such as spiccato, sautille, martele, detache, staccato, etc…
Build your own violin technique
Learn how to move your right hand, left hand mechanics, play without tension and know your body, understand how you body works and what muscles you use for tension-free playing.
Depending on your level, we will focus on repertoire which will help you to develop proper technique and musicality. Exercises, etudes, caprices, concertos, sonatas will be chosen for you according to your needs and your preferences. When selecting possible repertoire for students I always account for students’ technical and musical maturity, their programming needs, desire to play certain style of music, and all components of their curriculum plan. In order to optimize students musical experience, I balance the level of difficulty to help students to grow technically, and their musical knowledge and maturity, trying to find a balance between possible technical challenge and achievable goal.
Sight reading is one of the most important components in orchestra playing. If you want to audition for an orchestra you will ave to understand and practice sight reading. It requires skills and focus. We will go through various preparation exercises and sight reading orchestra excerpts to help you in improving your sight-reading skills and to prepare you to college or an orchestra audition. We will study orchestral excerpts and required music for your exams.