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Left Hand Squeezing: part 3 - Restructuring

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Posted: April 28, 2010


Left Hand Squeezing: part 2 - Security Matters

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Posted: April 28, 2010


Left Hand Squeezing:part 1 - Why We Do It

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Posted: April 28, 2010


Left Hand Squeezing: part 4 - Strengthening the Hand

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Posted: April 28, 2010

Eileen
Hi Beth, another question. This one isn't a tech question but concerns "nerves" during a performance. Are there any relaxation techniques that one can use to stay calm and able to play your best when put "up" there in front of folks ? I have this horrible problem....I can play a nice steady relaxed bow at home with nice intonation and all, but the second I get up to perform I just can't keep that bow steady and I end up with a whiny limp tone that chatters. I'm sure it's not really as bad as I'm making it sound but it's so frustrating ! I don't "feel" terribly nervous when I'm up there but I sure can't seem to play my best when it counts. Any suggestions?

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Posted: April 27, 2010

dockboggs
I have two big problems holding me back. One is the left hand grip sydrome excellently described by Jack. And the other is the tendency to have a rock solid right wrist when I bow. I think you address both well aleady Beth. But it is a huge topic and the more you can explain about it the better (in my opinion)

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Posted: April 26, 2010

jack
Hi Beth! I've been trying very hard to work on my left hand, but I'm sure I have the "grip" syndrome. Although it is not really bad, nevertheless it is there. I've been watching your left hand and trying to figure out a way for me to work on my own, but the camera doesn't consistently show a very good angle (I'm working on lesson #23 which offers some great angles of your left hand at time points 07:00 to 07:45; 10:00 to 10:18 and 10:36 to 10:50). I have been trying different approaches, but aside from feeling awkward (then again everything is awkward when you are a beginner on the violin) and my violin doesn't seem secured enough under my chin. I do use a chin-rest (Kun), but I may need to try another one as I have a long neck and that may help with the slight violin instability. I'd love to see a video showing your left hand (while playing some notes) from the same angle as the nut of the violin (in the same direction as the finger board). I'm a visual learner and that should be of great help to me. I've been trying all kinds of things that I have picked up on all of your videos and also from your guest speakers. Great stuff, by the way! I figure, I best start working on my left hand hold now if I am to have any success at vibrato in a few years from now ;-) Thanks!

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Posted: April 25, 2010


Dan Kobialka: part 4: Finger Release

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Posted: April 22, 2010


Dan Kobialka: part 5: Teaching Technique for Setting Up the Left Hand

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Posted: April 22, 2010


Dan Kobialka: part 9: Vibrato Motion Exercise

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Posted: April 22, 2010

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