Useful String Teaching Techniques

| March 10, 2011

Are you a string teacher? But, do you have difficulty in teaching string techniques? Here are some suggestions for you.

1) If bow does not travel parallel to the bridge as it should:

a) Attach the toilet paper tube or plastic tube to the strings with the rubber band and encourage students to play the bow inside of the tube.  This tube will help students move their bows parallel to the bridge.

b) Another strategy is to use the mirror. Ask students to play in front of the mirror and look at their bows through the mirror.  It will provide the information of the exact motion of the bow.

2) If a left hand is too tight on the fingerboard:

a) Use mental image.  Ask students imagine that their left elbow is floating on the water and students hold fragile object.  It would be helpful for students to have relaxed left fingers.

b) Check whether students have a relaxed thumb.  A straight and rigid thumb makes students’ left hands tensed.