SCALES — There is almost no instrument that scales are considered more vital for than a stringed instrument. And with the violin being the smallest stringed instrument, with therefore the intervals being closest together, that makes it all the more crucial. With a piano, at least the keys will always visually be in the same place and with set tuning.

With the fretless nature of the violin, however, a player's abilities are often gauged by their ability to play scales. Scales are the roadmap of the location of each note on each string. In addition to multi-string scales, one-string scales are also crucial to learn the precise locations of notes on each individual string. In Carl Flesch's method, Flesch includes single-string scales FIRST. This fits my own approach to learning the violin, considering single-string playing and shifting prerequisite to string crossing.

I have included a standard three-octave, all-strings scale as a fifth video. C Major is an excellent scale to start with, because it begins in second position which is not too high to start with but outside the typical first position “default.” Enjoy! I hope you find watching my beginner experiences valuable, as I start to tackle this crucial cornerstone of violin technique… . . . Videos from Ševčík's bowing method coming soon, a new study I have been just beginning…


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Today I got my bow back from the luthier with a fresh rehair! It hadn't been rehaired since I bought it online, and it didn't play near as well as their shop bows. So I left it on Friday to be redone. I also asked what rosins they see a lot of professionals use, and she immediately went for this P. Guillaume. So I got a cake of it, too. I haven't been too thrilled with my Larsen rosin, though I'm no expert on the matter, yet. But it doesn't hurt to try a recommendation.

I can't wait to get some new videos up for all of you! I've been very successfully working on several exciting things I'll be sharing soon. So Follow if you haven't yet, and stay tuned! 🔥 New videos with the new violin, new bow hair, and new rosin coming soon! 🐸☕️

@fionabrice ‘s String Quartet No.1 is released today. Looking forward to seeing some of you at her launch night tonight. Doors open 7pm onstage 7:30. Still a few tickets available on the door.

After trying SEVERAL instruments within a pretty wide price range, this English violin from the 1700's blew the others completely out of the water. There was a major repair done on the back over a hundred years ago, a repair that devalued the sales price of the instrument. But the quality of sound remained and far-outshines other instruments in its price range. The whole instrument vibrates to a far greater degree, and where there were holes in the resonance of the others, this one has nothing but color. It was a very easy choice, though the price was steep on my budget.

I can't wait to continue moving forward with a proper instrument! It's already worlds easier to play with accuracy and without tension. The shop was kind enough to let me borrow a bow. I decided within seconds of comparing my bow with the shop bows that the hair on mine was s*** by comparison, so I decided to have mine rehaired at quality. Will be picking that back up on Tuesday! Videos will be coming VERY soon.

At first glance, one would think these exercises mostly about moving smoothly when shifting. They're so much more than that. One of the most difficult parts of the fretless nature of the violin is that the notes become closer together as you go higher. Multi-string scales and exercises don't fully address this issue on all strings, and they don't address the difficulty of playing narrowing intervals higher on lower strings (what a mouthful!). When I was in undergrad, it used to carve my ears out listening to violinists and violists. Even in college, the intonation was soul-scathing! Coming into learning the violin, I've maintained a determination to fill whatever holes exist in violin pedagogy that prevent students from learning to play increasingly in-tune from the beginning. Forgoing first-position mastery and a multi-string focus have been keys to this. By studying each string individually as prerequisite to string-crossing, I am both training my ear and body posture up and down the full length of each string. The ear training is probably the most-difficult, which is where an electric keyboard is absolutely vital.

With this exercise, I have focused mostly on the fourth string, as it is the most difficult to navigate smoothly. I've placed the first string video first in this video series in order to keep things mixed up and exciting.

Hopefully seeing my humble beginnings at serious exercise book studying will be of some value to you…

I'm unreasonably obsessed with playability on my G string. It's the most difficult string by far to play high on, and without the entire violin setup perfectly, that difficulty only compounds itself… Total freedom on the lowest string enables total freedom on all strings.

One thing I've become obsessed with is how tilted high quality violinists manage to keep their instruments. It's almost as if they have them turned so they can show you what their fingers are doing. But what it does is allow the player to more easily access the lower strings and not go sky high with the bow arm.

I had abandoned my shoulder rest and committed to a Hollywood-style chin rest. The chin rest was very expensive. After pulling an all-nighter with some serious experimentation, the shoulder rest is back on, and the chin rest has been changed out for my Guarneri. It's really fascinating how probably 98% of quality violinists play on a Guarneri, and I'm starting to see why. There's something about the curve to it that allows a player to comfortably tilt the instrument. A shoulder rest becomes crucial in securing the tilted instrument without clamping at the hand.

I had abandoned the shoulder rest due to difficulty keeping the instrument stable, but interestingly, it's much easier to keep it stable with a shoulder rest when using the Guarneri. It was the other chin rest that caused problems when combined with the shoulder rest.

A couple of things are very clear, though. 1) Watch invariable trends among pros that are well-outside commonly-discussed violin pedagogy. 2) Don't stay in a lower position on any string. Practice the full length of every string to know what your setup is dealing with. 3) Expect to spend lots and lots of 💰 experimenting… I'm sure more changes are still to come, for me…

NEW VIDEOS & RESTART COMING SOON!!!!! But first, I would just like to say that Ševčík's shifting studies are life!!! If you only stick to his main set of exercises, you are really missing out. These exercises, in addition to Carl Flesch's scales, have been allowing me to explore the full extent of each string separately. String crossing is a very hard and important technique to develop, but what is also extremely crucial is being able to navigate the length of the instrument smoothly. I also believe failing to study doing so appropriately and fully is the primary reason for violinists being unable to play in-tune, since intervals get smaller the further you go up a string.

These exercises have dipped my toes into really listening very carefully to my intervals as I shift and repeat the same patterns at different scale degrees all the way up each individual string. If you've not tried them, whatever level you're at, you're really cheating yourself! I'm still in the very early stages, and I can manage. I also see plenty of advanced violinists who need a little of this type of TLC…🤐 (no names, no pack drill)

I've been working on first finger in first position and switching to first finger in third position for about a week or so, now. Yesterday, I starter adding some bowing technique to my exercises.

The Pirastro Wondertone Gold series, gut strings that came on Wednesday and the Pirastro Goldflex rosin that arrived yesterday (Friday) make life SO much easier. Not only do the strings sound better, they also feel better and more comfortable under my fingers. But SCIEßE they have to be tuned constantly, at this point!!!!!! My approach is to learn the first finger in jumping between first and third, and soon first, third, and fifth positions, before moving on to the second finger. After doing the same with the second finger, I'll add chromatics before moving on to the third and fourth fingers.

These are all reasons I am glad to be learning on my own. This approach may be lengthier, but I feel it will help me master different positions alongside developing finger coordination. What I'm trying to avoid is limiting myself to trying to play music, exercises, and scales almost-entirely in first position. This way I can in actual music (down the road) immediately begin working to avoid crossing strings and playing adjacent notes with the same finger and finding the easiest fingerings to move through entire passages smoothly. Not to mention, tuning accuracy is far more difficult to master when switching positions than when simply changing fingers in the same position.

It was also anticipated that most learning systems are designed for people new to music entirely, not just violin. So while I'm using methods as a reference, I'm more and more writing my own exercises and methods for each stage of technique.

On another note (pun not intended), the third position note(s) are SO much better, easier, clearer, and more-reliable with the Pirastro rosin and strings.

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🎶 Can you spot the one clear mistake I make in these two videos?
The past week or so has involved really working on fine-tuning pitch on my second set of first and third position first finger exercises. These exercise introduce note separation (re-articulation) on the same bow, which is trickier than it seems on top of everything! I've also been working on where on the bow is best to start, so I don't have to change bow direction before the end of a note… It interests me how some learners use clips on the bow to divide its length.

Will be writing some new exercises to add fifth position, soon… I know these two exercises don't even use third position, but they are two of the most-technical exercises in the set, the first video using the oft-neglected (at least in my case) first string. I really do love my Pirastro Wondertone Gold strings, not ever even getting benign squeaks and scratches out of my E string.

Afgelopen maandag met @nickharpist 4 concerten gegeven voor de zorginstelling Ipse de Bruggen die 10 jaar bestaat. Wat een bijzondere ervaring was dat!
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New exercises introducing changing positions without stopping by mastering sliding… I'm also introducing longer bow-strokes to master control at low-speed.

But what has been trickiest is I have had to make some pretty drastic changes recently to my bow hold and bow orientation to apply some new concepts and to free my hand up, and while it gives me a lot more ability for control, there's quite a learning curve. Regaining ground on tone quality has been a battle, but it's one the has won a lot of ground… But argh!! I'm so determined to regain tone control!

But still… The concept of sharing my progress is sharing progress, not perfection!!! Enjoy………

Last Sunday's concert venue. Also... This is at a school 😶😶

Well, after about 2 weeks studying these exercises, I'm finally ready to move forward to first finger, fifth position. Developing these exercises has seen installing my new Whittner, center-mounted chin rest and later my new Dov-Music, harp-style tailpiece! I am loving both! I used my condenser mic for this, and it got a much better, acoustical sound.

It also saw me get on an OCD spell with my bow hair. I was getting a lot of benign squeaks, and my bow wasn't responding as immediately as it should have been. I had noticed some bow hairs would slacken faster than others, and others would slacked way-more-slowly. About 15 clipped hairs later, I had a clear tone. No one tells you to clip bad hairs that haven't broken yet…

Anyway… My approach in not learning the entire first position first is paying huge dividends. I am excited about the progress of my bowing, progress in my tuning accuracy, progress in changing strings with the first finger on the string being changed from without chirps, progress in thumb posture, and progress in sliding without gripping or leaving the thumb behind.

Onwards to the breach!!!!

Feeling genuinely happy while making music with @schandmaulband. As always, Jobst Meese of Jodocus Obscurus Photography did a fantastic job.
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