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Old thread but here is my suggestion: I have a strange ability to do tremolo crazy fast by kind of "spazzing-out" my right arm, from the elbow. The way I do this, is to hold the arm rigidly and try to force it both up-bow and down-bow at the same time, if that makes any sense? It's like the muscles on either side of the arm (bicep vs. tricep) are both ...


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The "most effective and correct way" is the way that brings out the music. It's a bit different for everyone. Don't ever get the idea that you will first learn the notes and then breathe the music into it. The worst thing that you can do is to get so involved in the technical details of a passage that you lose sight of the music it's intended to convey. ...


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This may or may not help but what you're suggesting sounds similar to how I learned the violin. Did you get to the Tonalization exercise yet? I believe I learned music theory (or started to) in group classes with games. If your student doesn't have that opportunity perhaps you should look into having a theory section of the lesson. You could teach your ...


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I want to suggest that you read from the bulletproof musician online. http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/ I subscribe to emails from them and they often have helpful things to say about practicing effectively. However, if you want to be a big soloist one day you need to practice more. Three hours a week really doesn't do it. Some people practice up to 8 ...


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I've never seen pegs like that before and honestly I would recommend going to a violin maker's place and having them make new pegs for you. I had some really awful wooden pegs once and when I went in it only took a few minutes for him to size new pegs for my instrument. Also a note on the other answer (because I can't comment) another quick way to deal with ...


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When I was a kid I had this violin cleaner and polish set from Shar. Maybe you could look into that cleaner stuff to get rosin off. Looking at Sharmusic's website they seem to have a lot of cleaning supplies. I'd be interested to hear feedback from anyone else who has used that. Personally I have used rubbing alcohol on the fingerboard because a teacher ...


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I think that there is a possibility you could hurt yourself playing the violin a lot without a teacher. I know if I play with a bad position, I get back/neck/arm pain and lately I've been having issues where I pull muscles in both arms and I think it's from an issue in my playing position. How you hold the violin is not an exact science and has to be ...


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I have always been told to cut broken hairs off a bow (such as with scissors) rather than pull them out, as that will make the bow hair last longer before you need it replaced (that way the rest of the hair is less likely to fall out). I play at an advanced level and was recently told I should have my bow rehaired at least once a year. I doubt you need to ...


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You'll be hard put to find non-metal steel strings. Joking aside, a massive steel string is typical for the E string. All the others are usually wound with metal but have a gut-like core.


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The important here is to have the correct size, and following a age chart is not the way to find it. Every child is different, some are small at the same age as others already grew up. There is one rule that is the one I think you should follow. Check this image: If the child can reach out their hand and close the hand around it with a straight arm then ...


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My six year old son has been learning the violin for half a year now. I went and created a couple of flash cards for him: I just printed this on somewhat sturdy stock and cut it out. He enjoys playing a few minutes of "which note is this?", "which string do you play it on?", "how do you hold your fingers?" now and then. As others have written, young kids ...


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I am teaching a 4 year old how to play the violin - - - First off - - - I start by teaching the parts of the violin - - - I also take coloring pages of violins off the internet for her to color - - - Coordination is a big thing when teaching a child that age to play - - - they need to be able to stack blocks with LEFT hand only then RIGHT hand only and ...



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