Lora Staples - beginning violin and fiddle expert

How to handle the bow with just one hand

The right way to handle the bow from the rest position with just one hand

In this video, Lora demonstrates an easy way to handle the bow with just your bow hand while moving from rest position into playing position.

Released on October 2, 2013

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Carole Silva * VSM MEMBER * on October 9, 2013 @5:08 am PST
How do you keep track of many repeated measures while being nervous performing like in Vivaldi's seasons with many repeats.
Lora * VSM MEMBER * on October 10, 2013 @3:20 pm PST
Hi Carole
That is a great question! The answer is different depending on whether you will be playing from memory, or using music.

If you are using music, then you need to have your music well marked, so that your eyes can easily see the repeats. I understand that sometimes we lose our focus....and we might wonder, "Uh-oh....did I do this repeat yet, or not?" That is just a matter of focus, and of REHEARSING the repeats, just like you rehearse your notes, bowings, fingerings, etc.

If you are playing by memory, then it is truly a matter of FOCUS and discipline....to pay attention at each repeat spot, and take a mental note.

Lastly, whether you use music or play by memory, I force my students to analyze the form of their pieces. Not like "official analysis".....I mean just LABEL each different section, "A", "B" or B-prime" and things like that. When you have a simple label system, it is much easier to follow along and keep track of repeats. If a piece is full of repeats, you might label the form to show the repeats:
A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2....that way, you can say to yourself, "This is A1"....and when you get to the repeat, you can say, "This is A2"...and in that way, you will always remember your repeats!

HOpe that helped! Keep up your good work!
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