Bangkok Violin Postings has MOVED to its new location on my official website: http://andrewfilmer.wordpress.com/ (under the heading "String Postings").
Welcome to the Homepage for Bangkok Violin Postings, a section of Medieval Marsupial Meanderings by Andrew Filmer. This homepage is for all newcomers to violin postings on this blog, as well as to have a easier link to updates on blog postings for those who have been following it for some time. Scroll down to view the three sections: A list of postings on violin technique, an introduction to the nature of the blog, and ways you can contribute.
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List of postings (click on the underlined titles to link to the individual postings) Alternatively, you can go the main blog, and click on the links in the side-bar. There are other links to more informal postings that deal with things outside of technique from this sidebar.
Find the Errors - an exercise for students to think about how many common mistakes there are for basic violin posture.
Error Answer List - check with the answers for the first posting.An Example of Good Violin Posture - Now that we have looked at what not to do, we can focus on what's good to do.
Bowing - With focus on the position of the hand/wrist and fingers, as we bow.
Tone Production - A compilation of different ideas and approaches to getting good sound. See also posting no. 10.
Open Strings - Exercises the student can try with just playing on open strings
Basic Intonation - using intervals to help us play in tune and recognize good intonation.
Slurs for Beginners - trying out playing more than one note per bow, for the first time.
Practice Methods - learning to structure practice time to get the most out of it... as well as not making mistakes permanent.
A Relaxed Bow Arm - this is the basis of making good sound, as well as getting being able to try out new bow technique.
Basic Vibrato - a basic guide to starting vibrato, and more importantly, what to avoid.
A Bangkok State of Mind - an article on strings in Southeast Asia, by Andrew Filmer in Strings Magazine June/July 2006.
Scales - different ways to look at scales, acting also as a more advanced posting on intonation.
Pizzicato - new ways to approach something that's more difficult than it looks - or sounds.
More on Vibrato - vibrato speeds, and other additional elements of vibrato.
Phrasing I - with a focus on ending a phrase and starting the next one.
The Left Thumb - experimenting with the position of the left thumb in helping vibrato and sound quality.Playing With A Straight Bow - the advantages, practice techniques and exceptions to playing with a straight bow.
Shifting I - the first of a three-part series on the essentials of shifting.
Shifting II - the second of the series, on the fundamentals of shifting.Shifting III - the last posting on shifting, including the position of the thumb.
Moving the Instrument - a discussion on how moving the instrument left, right, up and down can have productive or unproductive effects.
An Introduction to the Bowed Strings - two videos of an overview of playing bowed stringed instruments
Sound Production 2 - further discussion of producing the best tone possible'
Experimenting With the Bow - finding ways to make practice a productive process of discovery
What is this blog?
Medieval Marsupial Meanderings is a web-log, or "blog" - a public forum for discussions, and a place to share information, and creative ideas. Occasionally a posting is placed on violin and viola technique, for use of my own past and present students, and to a wider community of violin enthusiasts in Bangkok. These postings are entirely non-profit.
How can I be involved?
Your participation is welcome. You may choose to use each posting as a forum in your language of choice by clicking on the Comments link at the end of each posting. If you have a question for me, feel free to post it from the main blog, at the chatbox/tag-board in the side-bar, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.