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Cheryl * VSM MEMBER * on February 22, 2015 @3:13 pm PST
Q re: one string scales, do your eyes actually look at the individual notes on pages 9 & following? (it hurts my eyes to look at all the ledger lines....) I know this sounds like a stupid question but I can hardly bring myself to "read" those notes, I think I just internalize the "pattern" or that it is a chromatic scale starting on f natural and going up 2 octaves.....that type of thing. Thanks for the chance to pick your brain on this. Cheryl
Member * VSM MEMBER * on February 5, 2015 @8:28 am PST
Professor Fitzpatrick,
Thank you so much for your outstanding Guide to Violin Excellence!
It is concise, crystal clear and covers many topics ignored by other authors.
I have been trying to develop an arm vibrato for a year and a half. No success. My 2nd finger insists on driving the down/up motion when it should be driven by the arm. So when I speed up things fall apart.
You dreamed your way to vibrato. That is the only approach I haven't tried! Can you please provide some guidance so I can follow in your dream-steps?
Many thanks for your book and videos!
Pasadena, CA
William - host, on February 9, 2015 @9:49 am PST
I will definitely do a video on vibrato and will definitely be awake!
Member * VSM MEMBER * on February 10, 2015 @2:12 pm PST
Great! Thank you!
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on February 9, 2015 @9:58 am PST
We have already a video on vibrato by Lora Staples for anyone interested in the topic:


But I am sure Prof. Fitzpatrick could brilliantly extend the concept in a new video of his.
Member * VSM MEMBER * on February 10, 2015 @2:13 pm PST
So am I.
Many thanks.
Latchezar Dimitrov on November 25, 2014 @11:00 pm PST
Hello William,

What do you think about the places of notes in the music in general?
Do you agree that every note must have the same place every time you play it?
William - host, on February 9, 2015 @9:48 am PST
Not exactly sure about your question? Could you tell me, explain more?
Charles on September 29, 2014 @12:44 pm PST
Hi, I have been working on Vivaldi's Autumn concerto for a number years and I always have difficulty with the double stop passages of the main theme of both the 1st movement and the 3rd movement. I always used to play it 3rd position but now I am using it as a shift exercise between 2nd and 3rd. How would you suggest that it should be played. Thanks
Toni Caldwell-Hall on September 26, 2014 @4:51 pm PST
Beautiful paintings
William - host, on February 9, 2015 @9:47 am PST
Thank you!
Quentin Llop * VSM MEMBER * on July 9, 2014 @5:04 am PST
Hi William: Many thanks for being positive & encouraging. I did not, however,get anything out of your video: it is a combination of being visually impaired & the computer video not flowing smoothly. Two specific thoughts: when you gestured to show a figure 8, your hand went in two directions, when you bowed, you only did a down bow; and when you spoke of compensatory bowing, you pointed to 'here' and 'there' without explaining where these points were.
Thanks again.
William - host, on February 9, 2015 @9:47 am PST
Yes I do need to provide more specificity and have now set up my studio to address the issue. Its a learning process as in all things! Thanks for the comment!
Nate Phillips on July 1, 2014 @12:36 pm PST
Hello William, would you be able to do a video on approaching the brahms violin concerto?
William - host, on February 9, 2015 @9:45 am PST
As a rule I try to talk about skills and techniques used in general and in pieces... In any event its a big subject, big concerto! Will of course consider this!
arun johnson on February 22, 2014 @11:03 pm PST
please tell me the correct way to do vibrato . I cannot get it without shaking the violin
William - host, on February 9, 2015 @9:38 am PST
Yet another good question! The violin will shake but not a lot... I think that I have done a video on vibrato but if not I should!!!
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on February 9, 2015 @9:47 am PST
Lora Staples made a very good video on vibrato you might want to check out:

JUAN MANUEL GONZALEZ DE COSIO * VSM MEMBER * on January 4, 2014 @7:47 am PST
Sautillé versus Spiccato ... Excellent lesson, William !

However, you did not show the movement of the wrist for each one of these bow strokes and I understand that these wrist movements are not the same. Also, I've been taught that for spiccato one should use the bow section near the frog (first third of the bow), whereas for sautille, one should use the middle of the bow. Is that correct ?

Thanks in advance for your advise !
William - host, on February 9, 2015 @9:35 am PST
I don't teach movement from the wrist as it is a natural occurrence due to movement from the elbow ... should clarify this in a video!
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