Music is the sound of thinking.
Talking about the bottleneck problem often encountered by beginners of violin – how to solve the four barriers that must be passed (Part 1)
Mastering a musical instrument, such as learning to play the violin, is a long-term process, which is not only a process of accumulating knowledge but also a process of adapting to the movements of human organs (mainly hands). In this process, several bottlenecks will be encountered, that is, several important gates must be passed. Each learner has a different starting point, different conditions, and personality differences. Some people can easily pass certain thresholds, while others encounter bottlenecks and can't get past them. As a teacher, you should think of various ways for specific students to help them pass the test as soon as possible.
The first pass: support for musical instruments
This includes holding the piano, holding the bow, the left-hand shape, and the bow-string relationship.
Common problems are: the headstock is low. The bow cannot form a right-angle relationship with the strings, the bow is crooked, the 3-4 fingers of the left hand cannot stand up, and so on.
Playing the violin requires the correct two fulcrums to hold the violin. The left arm is a little tired at the beginning, but if you insist on practicing the correct posture for five minutes every day (sometimes you can put the violin against the wall), after a period of time, you will find that you will get used to it. I found a posture of holding the piano with a sense of balance, but I am not tired. The lower the headstock can’t be lifted, the more tiring it will actually be. Some children will always pull the headstock lower and lower when reading music scores. You can ask the child to suggest that the position of the headstock is about the first row of the staff. This standard is often used as a reminder. and check yourself.
bad pronunciation, weak voice
Putting the bow on the string requires hooking the string to make an accent, the sound must resonate, and the vibration of the string must be heard. Start with the division of labor. Even if you are pulling a limbo phrase, you can pull a sentence and then stop it, especially when changing strings, you need to move the bow after changing to a new string. Doing "pull and stop" exercises often will help improve the sound.
The second pass: the left hand is familiar with the fingerboard
This includes finger arrangement and mastery of fingering in each position from the first to the fifth position.
This stage is the stage of "encountering the brain", to develop the brain's comprehension, calculation, analysis, and memory capabilities.
Common problems include: not being able to distinguish between whole tones and semitones, not being able to figure out key signatures, whether to rise or not to fall or not to fall, unfamiliar fingerings, learning one but forgetting the former, etc.
Learn the knowledge of music theory, learn the scales of each position, and learn the commonly used scales and arpeggios for fixing the second and third positions until you master it.
The finger arrangement is unclear, and the commonly used finger arrangements are divided into different types. Such as A, B, C, D, etc. Consciously say what type of arrangement the phrase is currently practicing to strengthen your memory of finger arrangements and several commonly used scales.
Music is the sound of thinking.