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The violinist's handbook : scientific gymnastics for the violinist

Author: J Albert Fracht
Publisher: New York : Remsen Press, 1979.
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This book makes violin playing a joyous undertaking. The author realizes that playing violin is a total body experience. Thorugh the use of ingenious gymnastic exercise the author demostrates how  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fracht, J. Albert (Jack Albert), 1904-
Violinist's handbook.
New York : Remsen Press, 1979
(OCoLC)649594513
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Albert Fracht
ISBN: 0820602566 9780820602561
OCLC Number: 6057719
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 208 pages, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTSWhat the Critics Say - About the Author - Foreword - Introduction - Massage - When to Massage - Start the Day's Work with A Massage - Massaging Neck and Shoulders - Massaging Anus - Massaging Wrists - Massaging Palms - Massaging Fingers - Massage and Finger-Stretching Treatment - Relax Fingers, Wrists, and Arms of Both Hands - Two Extra Minutes for General Well-Being - Relaxing Gymnastics for Rest Periods - Some Facts About the Violin - Two Extreme Models - Bridge Problems - Care in Tuning - Some Facts About the Bow - Thick Fingers-String Spread - Long Fingers-Thicker Neck - Selecting a Bow - Some Bow Characteristics - Bend in the Bow - Natural Tremble in Bend of Bow - Preliminary Gymnastics - Basic Preparations for Various Bow Techniques - Relax Bow Hand, Clutch, and Release - Release from Hand Tensions-Bow Catching - Balanced Weight Control for Smooth Bow Changes - Comment on Bow Exchange Methods - The Thumb - Balancing Right-Hand Thumb for Legato - Balanced Bow Arm - Speed-Up Balanced Bow Arm - Gymnastics for Balanced Bow Movements - Gravity and Body Balance - Gravity Stance - Smooth and Balanced Bow-Exchange Movements - Body Gravity for Smoother Bow-Changing Strokes - Comments on Bow-Exchange Methods - Gymnastics for a Flexible Bow Arm - Flexible Wrist and Hand Combination - Hand and Bow Become One - Free-Swinging Action and Birth of Legato-Spiccato - Body Balance for Rapid-Bow Movements - Let Gravity Work for You - Fast Bowing Weight Balance - Balanced Stance - High Bow Arm - Arm, Wrist, Hand, Fingers Coordinated for Speed - Faster Spiccato - Slower Spiccato - Comment on Spiccato - Developing in Depth the ""Feel"" of the Bow in Movement - Staccato - Gymnastic - The Down-Bow Staccato - Left-Hand Gymnastics - Know Your Hand Flex And Unflex - Stretch and Flex - Hand and Wrist Combination - Give and Take Pressures of Left-Hand Fingers - Finger and Thumb Relationship - Thumb and Finger Relationship in Upper Register of Violin - Finger Stretches for Left Hand - Stretching Gymnastics - Stretching Left-Hand Gymnastics in the Lower Positions - Thumb Stretches - Developing the Rounded-Finger Technique - Dynamic Energy -Left-Hand Finger Thrusts: Pressure and Resistance - Gymnastic - The Vibrato - Importance of Wrist in the Vibrato - Gymnastic for the Vibrato - Further Comment About Vibrato Wrist Control - Vibrato Gymnastics in the Lower Positions - Gymnastics for Lower Position Vibrato - Arm Involvement in the Vibrato - Arm Gymnastic for the Vibrato - Further Use of Left Elbow for the Vibrato - The Shift - Synchronizing Bow and Left Arm - Combining Rhythmic Flow and Balance in Movement - Between Both Arms - Arm Movement as a Base for Shifting Technique with - Fingering Involvement - Shifting to a Definite Finger-Stop Position Using - Left-Hand Thumb - Shift on a Slur or Tie - Arm Shifting with Various Fingers - Shifting Away from the Wall and the Use of the Neck - Left-Hand Thumb as a Shifting Base - Left-Hand Thumb Gymnastics - The Trill - Finger Gymnastic for the Trill - Combining Up-and-Down Finger Movement with Sliding - Finger Action - Harmonics - Coordinating Left-Hand Fingers and Bow for Harmonics - Left-Hand Pizzicato - Gymnastic for Left*Hand Pizzicato - Left-Hand Pizzicato with the Bow - Thirds - Thirds as a Basic Gymnastic for the Shift, Glissando, and Strengthening of the Fingers and Thumb - Gymnastics for Thirds - Octaves - A Basic Gymnastic for the Shift, Glissando, and Strengthening of the Fingers and Thumb - Making Exercises out of Violin Pieces - Novacek: ""Perpetuum Mobile"" - Bach: ""Prelude in E"" - Paganini: ""Motto Perpetuo"" - Twelve Masterpiece Concertos - LaIo: ""Symphonie Espagnole"" - Mendelssohn: ""Concerto in E Minor"" - Beethoven: ""Concerto in D Major"" - Brahms: ""Concerto in D Major-Opus 77"" - Joachim Cadenza for the Brahms Concerto III - Wieniawski: ""Second Concerto in D Minor-Opus 22"" - Bruch: ""Concerto in G Minor"" - Vieuxtemps: ""Concerto No.4 in D Minor"" - Paganini: ""Concerto No.1 in D Major"" - Sauret Cadenza for the Paganini Concerto - Tschaikowsky: ""Concerto-Opus 35"" - Mozart: ""Concerto in D Major"" - Mozart: ""Concerto No.5 in A Major-K -
Responsibility: by J. Albert Fracht.

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