The Secrets of Tone Production Part 3: Fundamental Tone Exercises Continued
with Simon Fischer
- Course Trailer
- Sample Lesson Free
- Fundamental Tone Exercise Two: Fast Bows on Each Soundpoint
- Explanation and demonstration of exercise two
- Exercise two using other bow strokes
- Fundamental Tone Exercise Three: The Pressure Exercise
- Explanation and demonstration of exercise three
- Sustaining between stages
- Bow division
- Being careful at the change of bow
- Playing into the wood of the bow at the point
- Variation: Using less bow on exercise three
Lesson plan (0h 59m)
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 insights, exercises and principles Simon breaks-down in his courses have been taught by the greatest string 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 benefitted from these insights 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 unpacks the second and third fundamental tone exercises, which focus on how mastering pressure can help produce the best possible tone.
Music featured in intro: Brahms Vioin Sonatas, performed by Simon and Raymond Fischer. CD available here.