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Performance & Technique

Performance & Technique

Music has always served to bring people together, rejuvenate communities, and provide comfort, solace, and fun. While concert halls and music festivals are the usual go-to destinations for live music lovers, sheltering-in-place has created a new era of live music — brought to you by social media and other live streaming platforms.

 

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You already know that all the hours you spend practicing your violin and satisfying your music teacher’s performance expectations is as important as what you actually learn about music theory and technique. The same is true for judges scoring a string music competition.

 

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If you have small hands or a short pinkie (fourth finger), some of the beginning violin finger exercises are more challenging, and that's a clear road to frustration. Fortunately, there are exercises violinists can do to position, strengthen, and extend smaller hand/finger lengths.

 

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The COVID-19 crisis may have shut down concerts, but that’s no reason to press pause on continuing to grow your musicianship. The support of your instructor(s), virtual technology, and the musical community at large means you can keep up with your studies on a daily basis.

 

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T he most successful concerts or performances typically balance two things from the audience: their listening and their active engagement. Playing songs that are easy to dance to, or that audience members can sing along to, is a wonderful way to get the audience more involved with your performance. Plus, violinists who inspire listeners to sing will innately connect more enthusiastically with the music as a synergistic effect of their audience’s appreciation.

 

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Join Mimi Zweig as she covers the harmonics that are commonly missed. Learn her  tips to make sure you don't miss these shifts, in four major rules you should follow.

 

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Join Mimi Zweig and learn the techniques around the Up and Down Bow Staccato. Get some helpful tips and master the Up and Down Bow Staccato for yourself!

 

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Looking for a way to bring some innovative cheer to your holiday-themed musical lineup? Why not plan and choreograph a holiday flash mob?

This can be a fun change if you want to ditch the typical holiday concert series and a way to inspire new practice and performance styles for your students. Flash mobs are enjoyable for everyone who participate – as well as the audience – bringing a little of the extraordinary into the ordinary, day-to-day routine.

 

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As a beginning string player, your music teacher will initially focus on posture, ergonomic playing techniques (how to hold the bow and violin, the correct angles for wrist-elbow-shoulder, proper neck support, etc.), and basic fingering techniques. Once you’ve gotten the hang of those foundational tenets, it’s time to learn more about music and its terminology.

 

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Bowing technique is as much about the health and wellbeing of your body as it is about sound. In addition to muddying up the sounds you create with your violin, poor bowing technique takes its toll on your shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand – eventually leading to injury.

 

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5 steps for having a great Facebook Live music performance

5 steps for having a great Facebook Live music performance

Music has always served to bring people together, rejuvenate communities, and provide comfort, solace, and fun. While concert halls and music festivals are the usual go-to destinations for live music lovers, sheltering-in-place has created a new era of live music — brought to you by social media and other live streaming platforms.

 

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What Do Judges Look For in a Music Competition Performance?

What Do Judges Look For in a Music Competition Performance?

You already know that all the hours you spend practicing your violin and satisfying your music teacher’s performance expectations is as important as what you actually learn about music theory and technique. The same is true for judges scoring a string music competition.

 

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Top 3 EXERCISE Tips for Violinists with Small Hands

Top 3 EXERCISE Tips for Violinists with Small Hands

If you have small hands or a short pinkie (fourth finger), some of the beginning violin finger exercises are more challenging, and that's a clear road to frustration. Fortunately, there are exercises violinists can do to position, strengthen, and extend smaller hand/finger lengths.

 

Read More

How to Keep Your Music Going During the COVID-19 ShutDown

How to Keep Your Music Going During the COVID-19 ShutDown

The COVID-19 crisis may have shut down concerts, but that’s no reason to press pause on continuing to grow your musicianship. The support of your instructor(s), virtual technology, and the musical community at large means you can keep up with your studies on a daily basis.

 

Read More

Great Songs on the Violin for Sing-Alongs

Great Songs on the Violin for Sing-Alongs

T he most successful concerts or performances typically balance two things from the audience: their listening and their active engagement. Playing songs that are easy to dance to, or that audience members can sing along to, is a wonderful way to get the audience more involved with your performance. Plus, violinists who inspire listeners to sing will innately connect more enthusiastically with the music as a synergistic effect of their audience’s appreciation.

 

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The Short Story Of Violin Shifts We Love to Miss But Shouldn't

The Short Story Of Violin Shifts We Love to Miss But Shouldn't

Join Mimi Zweig as she covers the harmonics that are commonly missed. Learn her  tips to make sure you don't miss these shifts, in four major rules you should follow.

 

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A Short Story About The Up and Down Bow Staccato For The Violin

A Short Story About The Up and Down Bow Staccato For The Violin

Join Mimi Zweig and learn the techniques around the Up and Down Bow Staccato. Get some helpful tips and master the Up and Down Bow Staccato for yourself!

 

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Christmas Flash Mob Ideas for Music Teachers

Christmas Flash Mob Ideas for Music Teachers

Looking for a way to bring some innovative cheer to your holiday-themed musical lineup? Why not plan and choreograph a holiday flash mob?

This can be a fun change if you want to ditch the typical holiday concert series and a way to inspire new practice and performance styles for your students. Flash mobs are enjoyable for everyone who participate – as well as the audience – bringing a little of the extraordinary into the ordinary, day-to-day routine.

 

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Bowing Terms and Symbols

Bowing Terms and Symbols

As a beginning string player, your music teacher will initially focus on posture, ergonomic playing techniques (how to hold the bow and violin, the correct angles for wrist-elbow-shoulder, proper neck support, etc.), and basic fingering techniques. Once you’ve gotten the hang of those foundational tenets, it’s time to learn more about music and its terminology.

 

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Violin Bowing Technique Exercises

Violin Bowing Technique Exercises

Bowing technique is as much about the health and wellbeing of your body as it is about sound. In addition to muddying up the sounds you create with your violin, poor bowing technique takes its toll on your shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and hand – eventually leading to injury.

 

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