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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Let me know what you are struggling with so I can help. Will answer right away!

    #2510 Reply

    cgvm
    Participant

    I tend to focus too much on the technical aspects of playing the violin. Consequently I am forever trying to achieve “the perfect sound” which rationally likely only comes after years of playing. Do you have any advice about how to balance technique, sound, and musicality to enable me to progress in my playing?

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    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Thanks for posting cgvm! I actually wrote a very good article helping students identify if they are “too technical” or “too musical.” The article contains some tips which would be good for you to read. In summary, it is important to force yourself to become more balanced by segmenting your practice into three parts. The fact that you are able to already identify that you are “too technical” is half the battle! Great job!

    #2553 Reply

    Nicholas
    Participant

    One thing I’m noticing is my bow kind of bounces a little bit while playing. This is causing not a smooth tone all the way across the note. Would you say i’m putting too much or not enough pressure on the bow?

    #2574 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Nick, it’s all about managing bow tension. I created a great video on the site regarding how to create a clear sound across the strings, which I highly recommend checking out. Let me know if the video makes sense!

    #3041 Reply

    jodi
    Participant

    i haven’t really counted before and i’ve been playing for about ten years. my counting is atrocious. what would you recommend as a next step? my teacher says “the counting will come.” but they keep putting me by myself in my chamber groups and i’m completely lost even though i’m a pretty good player otherwise.

    #3265 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Jodi, there is so much that I can say about rhythm. It honestly is really hard to teach in summary. My recommendation for you is to get my Fiddle for Dummies book which has an entire chapter about learning rhythm. If you like math at all, the system that I use for teaching it has worked for a lot of students. Sub-dividing and tapping your foot is the key to success!

    #3293 Reply

    jodi
    Participant

    thanx! yeah, my friend just gave me a metronome too! i think that is working a little bit!

    #3301 Reply

    jodi
    Participant

    michael i told my friend who plays cello what u said about counting (she has this problem too) and now she wants your book too! guess we’ll both be getting fiddle for dummies!

    #3308 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey Jodi, glad to hear you are consider getting Fiddle for Dummies! You can get an autographed version of the book here.

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