The Secrets of Tone Production Part 2: Fundamental Tone Exercises Introduced
with Simon Fischer
- Course Trailer
- Sample Lesson Free
- The First Fundamental Tone Exercise
- Warm up to exercise one with a simple straight-bow exercise
- Explanation and demonstration of exercise one
- Exercise one in more detail
- Isolating the elements
- Playing musically
- Making the perfect change of bow
- No such thing as an inaudible bow-change
- Feeling the momentum of the bow
- Adding the left fingers
- Applying soundpoint practice to passages
- Sounding as good as the best player in the world - right now
Lesson plan (1h 7m)
Renowned violinist and string pedagogue Simon Fischer reveals the five fundamental tone exercises for string players, in a course based on his acclaimed DVD 'The Secrets of Tone Production'.
The exercises and principles Simon breaks-down in this course have been taught by the greatest teachers over the last 250 years, and practised by the greatest players. Names like Lucien Capet, Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay and Pablo Casals. Leopold Mozart taught at least one of these exercises, and it's therefore likely that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart used it too.
If applied correctly these exercises can radically improve tone production on any bowed string instrument, including baroque instruments. But they are so simple that any string musician can benefit from them.
The smallest amount of work on these simple exercises brings immediate results. Practice them yourself or teach them to your students to see how quickly tone is transformed.
This course introduces the exercises and covers the first fundamental tone exercise in detail, unpacking it over an hour plus.
Music featured in intro: Brahms Vioin Sonatas, performed by Simon and Raymond Fischer. CD available here.