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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Teaching students to diagnose playing problems

Students need to be taught how to fix issues with their playing right from the beginning.  One way I do this is to pass out these pretend doctor's diagostic forms.  I then play a short music example for my students while purposely doing something wrong.  Students then write down on the form the things I do wrong and what I need to do to fix my playing.

For example - playing too close to the bridge, playing with a crooked bow with bad tone, holding the bow incorrectly, playing with a collapsed wrist and bad intonation...

It is very telling to see what the students write on their papers.  I can instantly see if they understand the concepts I am teaching in class about technique.

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