Have you ever attended an entire violin technique class just on string crossings?
In all my years of studying the violin, I don't think I ever have! 🤔
In my Summer Violin Bootcamp, I teach an entire 60-minute class sharing 13 tips on how to improve string crossing technique on the violin and viola.
Believe it or not, string crossing technique involves not only right-hand and bow arm considerations but also left-hand considerations as well!
(Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see what I think is the most helpful tip (Tip #5!) to unlocking better string crossings AND better overall bow technique!)
String crossings are everywhere in the violin repertoire.
Some notable examples include:
Mozart Symphony No. 39, K. 543 IV. Allegro
Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20: first measure
Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001-1006),
Slow movements with chords ("slurred" string crossings):
Ysaÿe Sonata No. 2, I. Obsession:
Bach Partita No. 3 in E major, I. Preludio:
Paganini Caprice #16 in G minor:
In my latest violin tutorial, I share five of my thirteen tips on how to improve string crossings:
Tip #1: Divide & Conquer: practice string crossings on open strings
Tip #2: Get to know the different parts of your bow: frog, middle, tip
Tip #3: Know your (string crossing) shapes: arcs, curves, hooks
Tip #4: Be mindful of elbow level
Tip #5: Find freedom in the arm: remember the ball and socket joint in the shoulder
(Arm Joint #2: glenohumeral joint)
If you'd like to learn how you can significantly improve your violin technique, consider becoming a Summer '21 Ninja in my 8-week Summer Violin Bootcamp (July 5 - August 28th, 2021). My guest artists include Nathan Cole, Tim Kantor, Aaron Schwebel, Callum Smart, Dr. Don Greene, and Jennifer Johnson.
Spots are limited in my Bootcamp (6 spots are already gone!), so if you sign up now, you will get FREE ACCESS to all four of my upcoming Violin Ninja online courses (coming soon):
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Give these string crossings tips a try and let me know in the comments below which tip helps you the MOST!