Sound. What do you think of when you think of sound when you play the violin?
We listen to music and sound differently then we used to 40 years ago. I bet you watched a bunch of different violinists on YouTube and thought,
"Wow, I want to sound like that."
Every musician on the planet has their opinion on sound. This leads me to a question on my mind, what determines a good sound from a bad sound?
Is it their violin, bow, or strings? Perhaps it's a combination of everything?
what would you say if I told you that achieving your next level sound is all in your head?
Every string player's instrument is going to sound different. And you know what? Thank GOODNESS for that! If we lived in a world where we all sound the same, it would be, simply put, boring.
Listening to your sound in your head before you play helps you think critically about what you want to produce.
It's a state of mind
Conceptualizing your sound for the music that you're playing will make you sound the way you want to sound.
Now, another question to ask is, "How do I do this as a violinist?"
You can achieve this goal by simply going back to the basics and focusing on your violin technique. Another great and simple way to see how you're doing is by recording yourself. this will let you stay grounded and very much aware of the sound you want to get out of your instrument.
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