By Stanley Ritchie

Drawing at the ideas of Francesco Geminiani and 4 a long time of expertise as a baroque and classical violinist, Stanley Ritchie deals a priceless source for an individual wishing to benefit approximately 17th-18th-and early 19th-century violin process and magnificence. whereas a lot of the paintings makes a speciality of the technical elements of taking part in the pre-chinrest violin, those ways also are acceptable to the viola, and in lots of how one can the fashionable violin. sooner than the Chinrest contains illustrated sections on correct- and left-hand approach, features of interpretation through the Baroque, Classical, and early-Romantic eras, and a piece on constructing right intonation.

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Hence “First-position” is that configuration of the arm that allows the fingers to fall naturally, without extension or contraction, on all the notes between G-sharp on the G-string and B-natural on the E-string. Position-changing or Shifting refers to the motion made by the left arm in conveying the hand up or down the fingerboard. The Swing: This is the term I use to describe and refer to a lateral motion of the left arm whose principal purpose is to maintain a balanced left-hand position. It is also an essential element of shifting technique.

Using white chalk or narrow strips of adhesive paper, divide the bow into four equal parts. Then, passing the bow over the strings always at the same, even speed, practice each of the first two intonation exercises (Part 4, Chapter 14) in these ways, using a quarter of the bow for each note. In numbers 4 and 5 the bow direction will reverse every two measures. It is essential that the bow speed remain constant and that you maintain firm contact between bow and string: 20 Bow Division Another version of this exercise is simply to put one mark in the middle of the bow and, in any of the exercises (four notes to a bow) be sure to arrive at that point precisely when the third note is played.

Hence “First-position” is that configuration of the arm that allows the fingers to fall naturally, without extension or contraction, on all the notes between G-sharp on the G-string and B-natural on the E-string. Position-changing or Shifting refers to the motion made by the left arm in conveying the hand up or down the fingerboard. The Swing: This is the term I use to describe and refer to a lateral motion of the left arm whose principal purpose is to maintain a balanced left-hand position. It is also an essential element of shifting technique.

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