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How to teach a true violin tone

Eliminate the beginner "scratchy" sound from your pupils.

Ringing Strings by Gloria Bakhshayesh introduces your pupils to left hand fingering so that the true violin tone is allowed to ring out naturally.

In the Teachers Manual and two Pupils Books, there are 24 lessons. Each pupils book has a supplement of Concert Pieces with a piano accompaniment

Ringing Strings and Dancing Bows, together make a fully field-tested course that has helped generations of children to become proficient, stress free violinists.

Based on the book "A New Approach to Violin Playing" by Kató Havas, the method has been developed in actual practice over more than 20 years by Gloria, in consultation with Kató.

Ringing Strings incorporates Kodály principles of rhythm, ear training and inner hearing in an inter-related way. Its imaginative nature will appeal to your students, teaching them to enjoy playing and handling their violin.

Ringing Strings Pupils Book1The pupils practise books ensure that your students are, at all times, physically comfortable while playing their violin.

The music that they are given to play is not too difficult. It is important to bring out the potential of each child, with no sense of failure.



See a sample lesson here

Ringing Strings provides answers to many difficulties commonly met by teachers such as the examples listed below.

PROBLEM 1). Although group teaching has many advantages when teaching the violin to young children, it is harder for the teacher to give special attention to individuals, so many children give up, feeling that they have failed.

SOLUTION: Encourage the children to work together with a partner, under close supervision. This helps both teacher and pupils to develop the inner musical personality of the children, so that they do not feel they are struggling with a manipulative skill. The children soon learn to love the violin and look forward to their lessons. They enjoy a feeling of success by making music together. Giving their violin a name adds to the fun.

PROBLEM 2). The early stages of learning the violin take longer than with woodwind and brass resulting in a disparity in orchestras. Violin pupils begin to feel left behind, unable to cope.

SOLUTION: It is vital to proceed step by step. Each new topic is thoroughly learnt and tension does not develop. At all stages, pupils play their violin in ensembles with their teacher and friends. Great care is taken that their music is not too difficult for them to enjoy playing. Duets are included and also pieces with piano accompaniment. This enables your violin pupils to play in concerts and school assemblies at all stages of the work.

Gloria advises that, to fully understand her method, Kató's books "A New Approach to Violin Playing", and "Stage Fright" and her teaching DVD be part of your library.

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