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Common Misconceptions About Holding the Violin: Balanced vs. Unbalanced

by Rozanna Weinberger Violin hold is one of the biggest enigmas for many string players from beginner to advancing players. Sure its easy enough to grip the violin between the head & neck like a vice until the pain becomes incapacitating. Its even possible to consider pain a necessary trade off for playing a beautiful […]

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The Most Common Misconceptions About Successful String Playing Careers In The Modern Age

by Rozanna Weinberger These days it seems contemporary audiences are much more influenced by shows like The Voice than the concert hall. This may also be in part because children have less exposure to fine art and so we seek it less and less. While I would never suggest that just because someone auditions for a talent competition […]

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Most Common Misconceptions About Violin Practice & Making Mistakes

By Rozanna Weinberger Practicing often entails making mistakes. But one of the greatest sources of confusion is how to deal with mistakes effectively. From the standpoint of utilizing our natural abilities it may come down to how we notice things.  A skilled teacher will help provide the student with the necessary parameters to observe perceived […]

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Most Common Misconceptions About Bow Technique & Sound Production

by Rozanna Weinberger For many string players, there is very little about playing a violin, viola or cello that feels natural without plenty of practicing. While no one can avoid plenty of practice to master a piece of music to the point where it is ready for performance, no doubt, discovering the easiest way to […]

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The Most Common Misconceptions About Right Hand Finger Action

by Rozanna Weinberger Right hand finger action is a cause for bewilderment by many students. The myth is that the fingers must be trained to move back and forth,  to curl and straighten, to effect a proper bow hold.  While in principal its true these movements need to occur,  the movements are the effect of a […]

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