I’ve given myself one year to master the violin.

As an adult beginner, I should be playing Twinkle Twinkle; instead, I'm playing Paganini's 24th caprice.

The Hand

Imagine picking up the violin for the first time.  What’s the first thing you would do?  Well, Danielle had me do the same thing:  play long, slow open strings.  An open string is a string without a pesky finger pressing down on it changing the note.  Playing open strings is, thankfully, one of the easiest things to do with the violin.

That’s not to say it’s easy.  Perhaps least difficult it more apt here, but either way I didn’t sound too horrible with just open strings, that is until she made me move my hand the way it’s supposed to be.  You see, the hand isn’t supposed to look the same as it travels along the string from the frog (the part of the bow you hold) to the tip and back.

At the frog, the hand looks like this:

Moving down the string, the hand transforms at the tip:

And then transforms back at the frog and so on.  In other words, the hand isn’t supposed to be this rigid thing, an iron claw if you will, tearing the bow across the strings, but rather a nimble, flexible sprite dancing along making sonorous music with every step.  Listen:

sounds pretty good, huh?


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