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Since his death Ivan Galamian has passed into legend as perhaps the greatest teacher the string world will ever know. Barbara L. Sand asked some of his. Ivan Galamian was one of the most influential violin teachers of the 20th century. Using his technique, the violinist should place the bow hand on the frog in a. [2] Ivan Galamian also includes exercises in his book, Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching. [3] Mastering the technique of playing long, sustained notes.

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Sound production with a little inclined bowing The completely straight bowing is the base for any further variation of bowings. The contact should be very tender, without pressing or holding. There are three main factors: One can apply this to open strings for a start, to get the feel of it, and then continue with a two octave scale starting on open G, as follows:. Manners of bowings 7. Notes belonging to a solo voice should be kept well.

Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching. Teaching with stiff rules is a wrong teaching. Until the third position the forefinger on the finger board is an orientation, in the higher positions there will be the free position. His earliest pupils in Paris include Vida Reynolds, the first woman in Philadelphia Orchestra’s first-violin section, and Paul Makanowitzky. Not wanted slides should be evaded, but not all, or there will be a dry and cold violin playing.

For such slow, long bows, the contact point needs to be nearer the bridge and maintained there. And there should never be an inclined position of the bow for this. Technique is only the resource for the interpretation, technique is only in the service of the artistic interpretation.

Playing the G string no pressure from the side is desirable. The ivann help to warm up the fingers while helping the violinist maintain a steady tempo and smooth sound. The authors have cleverly filed the following copyright notice: The bow is jumping higher than during the flying Staccato. The main impulse is given on the lowest tone on the G string with a vertical finger and hand movement.


The movement of the left hand Basic movements are: Spiccato controlled spring bowingscheme of notes. The thumb of the left hand 3. Unfortunately this humiliation of the children is never punished until today.

Brief Notes on the Galamian Technique

This is done with the forefinger on the bow. This vibrato is very narrow and can be trained without sound in a mute way.

This character of tone is slight and relaxed 2nd case: Arpeggios over 4 strings This is simple because the change of string itself is already supporting the jumping movement of the bow. This is gzlamian basic principle of violin technique [and with all other music instruments and activities in life].

Location of contact of the bow on one string — the location of contact has to be varied according to the requirements — when thin strings are used, the location of contact is more to the galajian, with thicker strings the location of contact is more to the finger board balancing well the oscillation of the strings — in the higher positions the location of contact is more to the bridge because the oscillation of the string is more and more shorter.

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The aim of the teaching person should be to educate the pupil for an independent thinking. Attacking the string with the bow 7. The ideal location of contact has to be felt by instinct.

When the G string is played then the elbow should also pass to the right, when the E string is played so the elbow also should galamoan to the left. The impulse for finger vibrato comes from the finger itself. Within a small amount of time, students will begin to better judge the speed at which their bow needs to travel in order for them to be at the opposite end of the bow within a particular number of beats, while maintaining a wide string vibration.


The hand can be in the half position playing short passages of the first position when the fingers are long enough and the distance is no problem[. Mixing it up is fun for students. Exercises like Kreutzer No.

Brief Notes on the Galamian Technique

In this way there is the impression of separation of the tones. Falling down with the bow gives more energy and is facilitating the attacking of 3 chords at techinque same time.

Changing all three factors result corresponding combinations. One can apply this to open strings for a start, to get the feel of it, and then continue with a two octave scale starting on open G, as follows: For example, have them play up-bow for ten beats, and down-bow on one beat.

Since even if the book was properly registered init had to be re-registered the original bookwithin 28 years after the original registration. But leaving the fingers is as important like the setting.

This is the time overcoming halamian problems and supporting technical developments 8. General posture with the instrument General movement with the instrument There are two basic problems, fixing tfchnique the tones and vibrato.

According to this one has to install the bowings and part more bowings playing in a big hall having always a big volume of the needed sound filling the big hall. Sound production with a straight bowing 5.