Dounis always told his students to always imagine they were playing on a string 1/2 an inch above the real string.
To understand what he meant, do this exercise...Continue Reading
I was working with an exceptional violinist the other day and discovered that she didn't know this important but little known fact of the bow. This is how the conversation went. I said to her...
What is the line or direction of the pull on the down bow?
Quickly we deduced that it is to the right and horizontal.
Then I asked her what is the direction of pressure?
After considering it for a moment it was discovered to be vertical or downward. Then we proceeded to the up bow.Continue Reading