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
What could be more powerful than this? Kreisler's playing is an unrelenting embrace of Bach's musical passion. Kreisler vibrates the very molecules of the violin and offers them at the feet of the music gods in this Divinely inspired performance! If you want to learn how to play Bach cello suites or violin partitas, have a listen.Continue Reading
Dounis encouraged his students to discover their own sound. A sound with personality and depth. A sound that is immediately identifiable as the performer and as unique as a fingerprint.
A Cellist’s Guide To A World Class Sound
To achieve a world class sound you must master the following 10 fundamentals:Continue Reading