I love the Winter Olympic Games. The athletes and events are a fun diversion during the cold, dark months of winter and it's inspiring to watch the drive, artistry and focus of the world's best athletes. So for this semester, my students are participating in the "ViOlympics" (violin/viola olympics).
In the beginning stages of playing the violin or viola, there are many things to consider: the posture, bow hold, and bowing motion for starters. But for beginners, simply placing the fingers in the correct shape on the fingerboard and using an appropriate amount of force vs. relaxation of the finger can be a challenge.... Continue Reading →