The rosin used on bows is basically made of the sap of pine trees, and sometimes some additional ingredients, like castor oil as a softener. Do you know what sap is? When a pine tree get damaged, some sticky liquid oozes out from the tree trying to prevent the damage and infection. That is the […]
************* Today was the last lesson before your orchestra audition. You are in the 5th grade. You told me that you took the same audition last year while working with another teacher, but you didn’t pass it. I remember. ************** Well, no one can control the results of an audition. However, don’t you think that […]
You’ve been playing the violin only two months, but you can take a part of playing Jingle Bells. Do you want to try?” “Sure !” “It’s fun!” 🙂 “I’m glad you liked it, too !” 🙂 Any levels of students, child or adult, can enjoy playing Christmas song this way. Here is the music: Merry […]
“I’m learning 5th position now, but what is the highest position on the violin?” “Well, let’s see…Shall we count together ? 🙂 I can barely put my pinky at the edge of the fingerboard and play B (highest note above), so for now, let’s say this is the highest position on the violin. That means […]
Nice to see my students enjoy playing Christmas carols with me. “Still, Still, Still” is an Austrian lullaby and carol based on a folk tune melody from the Salzburg area. Still, still, still, He sleeps this night so chill.The Virgin’s tender arms enfolding,Warm and safe the Child are holding.Still, still, still, He sleeps this night […]
December…Christmas is coming… I enjoy playing Christmas carols with my students. Some are just starting to get used to playing the violin. Christmas tunes are different than Hohmann studies. They are more familiar and fun for them. I like seeing their shining smile when they play Christmas Carols with me.
Heinrich Ernest Kayser (1815-1888), born in Germany, was a violinist, violist, pedagogue and composer. What you are studying now, 36 Etudets, elementary and progressive etudes for violin op.20, by Kayser is one of the most important etude books for violinists. These etudes are a must for any serious students of the violin. He lived about the […]