Hello, dear Suzuki families,
Here are some Suzuki violin (but good for any instrument) tips and teaching points for your daily practicing sessions at home. I welcome your own personal suggestions, opinions, and testimonials. I greatly appreciate your comments and feedback on these articles.
Thanks for being part of our Suzuki music family!
Cut all the DRAMA! Just STOP what you're doing, KEEP CALM and LISTEN! Also, KEEP CALM AND PRACTICE YOUR SUZUKI MUSIC WITH A PURPOSE.
Violin Strings 101: The brand of strings I use and a tutorial on types of violin strings.
This a great example of great phrasing, and that TONE! I like it at this speed. Those who want to "show off" at 1.5X the printed speed can't come up with the marvelous depth of this interpretation, which needs this tempo and much more. Zukerman gives it all here in this truly beautiful rendition of such a popular concerto.
"And the Lord God has given me two more tablets of stone, on which he has written his precepts especially for those who would praise him with song, instructing them in the ways of proper practice."
By Rigo Murillo
I often see that successful music students and parents always manage to be well prepared for performances, auditions, and weekly lessons. They always have what they need when it comes to books, accessories, and all that's needed to have a nice lesson time. But even the best well-intentioned student and parent may forget a thing or two that should be in their music tote bag. Even Yehudi Menuhin, the famous violinist of the twentieth century wrote in one of his books about what every violinist should have in his/her violin case.
For starters, here is a "musician's tote bag kit" for you to think about:
String Players, please add these:
I am sure that getting all these applicable accessories and necessities will make your practicing more consistent, successful and pleasant. It will at least impless your music teacher when an emergency comes up.
Here is a number of audio tutorials to practice your Suzuki violin exercises. You can tap into those and use them for your daily home practice. If you haven't seen the resources page yet, I would recommend you to take a look at the various audio tutorials, practicing charts, and tips contained in the resources page.
Particularly, there is a number of beginning pre-twinkle audio tutorials, along with a practice chart, metronome implementation, etc.
Here is a list of linked resources:
Mr. Murillo's Practice Audio Clips:
Tune E string
Twelve-Point Practice Check list
Rigo Murillo, Suzuki Strings Specialist
By the completion of the Twinkle Variations, the student should have developed the following skills (Many of which may be at a basic level of development):
© Copyright 2000 Rigo Murillo. All rights reserved.
The problem with review is NOT that students don't want to do it. It is that it's difficult to do it consistently throughout the Suzuki repertoire.
One of the most challenging tasks for a young child in learning the violin is to stay concentrated long enough to stay in place and hold the instrument. Here are some fun exercises that have proven highly successful for keeping pre-Twinklers on task and improve concentration skills.
Dig into some practice tips from other experienced parents of music students like yours. These are ways they have found that help during the "dreaded practice time" each day.