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  1. Hi. I am currently doing my university graduation project on violin teaching, would you mind to help if you had taught/is teaching any violin students from 6-8 years old? Thank you (it takes about 5 minutes) Below is the link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNbULI-rcFNCfrLEVizSp46JR-OcsvhWlVnHl-HbAQ6W1k3A/viewform?usp=sf_link Thank you again Volkner
  2. Hi. Recently I encountered a harmonics passage that requires tilting of the bow, but I don't which one of these is the smartest way (and easiest way to recover back to normal) to tilt: 1) Tilt by rotating the bow with fingers only (I tried but this causes thumb touching the bow hair, which is uncomfortable) 2) Tilt by bending the wrist only 3) Tilt by OPENING the right shoulder only 4) Tilt by RAISING the right shoulder only or it's a combination of these????? Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *P.S. I will be annoying you guys with my grauduation project surveys about violin postures soon
  3. I've decided to name my violins with animal names!! The back plate of each violin is very different, so I named mine "Tiger" and "Salmon"
  4. Hi. I realized during Summer without a dehumidifier / in a room that is too hot, my hands are comparatively wet, which causes them to be "wet-slippery'; during Winter without a heater / in a room that is too cold, my hands are comparatively dry, which causes them to be "dry-slippery'... Of course, I seldom need to play in these environments, as I do have both dehumidifier and heater at my home, but sometimes you can't control the venue's air moisture level... Any tips on tackling our hands' "wet-slippery" and "dry-slippery" problems? Thank you
  5. I've just watched an anime about violin, the characters all give names to their violins!! I have a violin too but don't know how to name it...
  6. Assuming there is an insane piece with changes key every single 4 bars, and I must unite all thumb positions the same within every position (e.g. the thumb does not shift when staying at the 2nd position) In 2nd position, G String Should the thumb be anchored and opposite to the index finger playing Bb or B? does that apply to other positions too, for a safe orientation? thank you
  7. Hi, I finally get my friggin' Up-Bow Staccato of Kreutzer 4 up to 80BPM, and Sautillé of Kreutzer 2 down to 70BPM, but I'm sooooooo curious about the relationship (family) between these crazy bow strokes... (even though obviously I can't work on a new bow stroke before I can control these two when playing up to tempo) Because in Chinese, Arpeggiando is " 琶音跳弓", ("跳弓"= Spiccato), yet, Ricochet is called " 拋弓"... Does it mean that Arpeggiando is a baby of the Spiccato family instead of the Ricochet family? Or it's both? (Spiccato & Ricochet have a baby together) thank you
  8. Am trying to secure the 'ring' between thumb and the middle finger more... tell you afterward
  9. Sure, I make contact with the stick between with second and third knuckles of my index finger now
  10. I see!! Lemme check my thumb when 'Sautilling"
  11. Ok I just realized I forgot the importance of ring between the thumb and the middle finger Would you mind to check if this is correct (to perform all the bow acrobatics) 1: normal hold 2: index finger 3: thumb 4: little finger 5: ring finger 6: middle finger 7 & 8: collé 9: holding the bow only with 2 fingers 10 & 11: rolling the stick
  12. I follow these rules: -(1)thumb placed on gap between leather and frog bent (bow's bottom octagon' side) -The (2)index finger comes into contact with the stick at the extreme end of its second joint -(3)middle and (4)ring fingers wrap around the frog but don't cover the frog eye -(5)little finger curled on wood (bow's top octagon' side)
  13. Plzzzzzzzzz tell me which finger is placed wrongly
  14. like this (first pic is BEFORE Sautillé, second pic is AFTER Sautillé)
  15. Yes, my final adjustment is the violin touching collarbone part!! Actually, it should be the first variable to lock!! I have considered using the "Hahn cloth" but I don't want to deal with more steps putting the violin onto playing position... So I spent more time to adjust the SR
  16. My friend's violin has an odd C too... common problem maybe?
  17. I think I have adjusted the Bonmusica to a state that fits me quite perfectly now, let me explian what I did: A)Bent body of shoulder rest straighter ->Shoulder rest feet locked to pink flowers stickers (but not cover) B)Exposed screw length on shoulder: 1.cm Exposed screw length on chest: 2.5cm C)Swivel shoulder rest body to 4:30pm towards myself at playing position (from side view at the violinist's G-string side, the part of shoulder rest touching violin is 12pm) B)Shoulder side bent to form deeper hook, chest side bent to prevent blocking of the chest ->allowing the shoudler rest to fit the shape of body *used two double-sided tapes to tape both sponges' edges to the metal, as they go out of place sometimes
  18. We really like the violin, we spend a lot of time on the violin after lessons, and even after practicing. We need to make use of technologies to gain different aspects of views towards violin techniques, so most of us have seen some online, no matter the teacher is famous pedagog or a low key teacher. Who are your favorite teachers, when you don't want to bother your own teacher after lessons, or when you want to learn more things online? Mine are Lora Staples and Kurt Sassmannshaus!! Lora Staples is very low key and approachable, but her explanations are very, very clear and she thinks with different aspects, and she always has a cure for people's difficulties. Kurt Sassmannshaus is a lot more famous and serious, his videos are condensed with the most important knowledge and theories. not one word is redundant When I feel insecure and need to refresh my basics, I always watch Staples; when I am learning advanced techniques and feel like I cannot do it, I visit Sassmannshaus videos. (Of course, I do not jsut blindly follow everything they say! everybody have different physiques and musical tastes, so I always think critically)
  19. You need to train your brain to 1) balance the bow without strings AND 2) balance the bow on the strings, it takes time to 'befriend' your bow 1)balance the bow without strings an exercise is to 'climb the ladder' with the right hand on the bow when you are watching TV, using your normal bow hold, you slowly move your right hand from the frog to the tip of the bow, then back to the frog. This practice is meant to be done in the air with the bow PERPENDICULAR to the ground, but you can first try it with some support 2)balance the bow on the strings do not bow. just balance the bow on the same string using different parts of the bow. feel the point of contact between the bow and the string
  20. Am practicing Kreutzer No.2's 7th bowing: Sautillé. Assuming my bow hold is natural (Franco-Belgian bow hold) and I don't have a sweaty right thumb, I found my right thumb slowly moves (goes through the hair and wood of the bow) while I Sautillé... How to correct it? Is this normal? I already relaxed all my fingers... Thank you
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