#Paganini5Challenge - Day 1 (June 2, 2021)

How To Practice Paganini Caprice #5

with Dr. Lynn Kuo


#Paganini5Challenge - Day 1

Watch Day 1 here!
June 2, 2021

5:00-5:30pm EDT


Day 1: Bulletproof Intonation

As a string player, how do you go about improving your intonation?


Playing in tune is a life-long pursuit which needs to be continually refined and maintained.

From a violinist's perspective, I teach intonation based around a framework which I call the AHA Strategy:

Using the AHA Strategy for intonation

A - Audiation 

H - Hand Hygiene/Practice Hygiene 

A - Awareness (of sympathetic vibrations and tuning systems)

Grab my 11-page Paganini Caprice 5 Practice Guide & Journal to follow along!


For more on improving intonation, watch Day 1 of my #Paganini5Challenge below.

Day 2: Arpeggios, Scales, & Shifts

Day 3: Building Up Speed, Accuracy, and Confidence

Day 4: Left Hand Secrets (for small hands)

Day 5: Demystifying Sautillé and Ricochet

Day 7: Ninja Party and Violin Masterclass

 

 

17 comments

  • Arturo Pasalagua
    Arturo Pasalagua San Antonio Tx
    Really exited to learn from a big personality and even bigger teacher and violin player . Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    Really exited to learn from a big personality and even bigger teacher and violin player .
    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  • Lynn Kuo
    Lynn Kuo
    Thanks so much, Arturo! We will have fun along the way! Please say online! :)

    Thanks so much, Arturo! We will have fun along the way! Please say online! smile

  • Jane
    Jane Fairfax CA
    Adult starter always looking to improve! What? Tessa Lark is here? I’m so out of my league ha ha!

    Adult starter always looking to improve! What? Tessa Lark is here? I’m so out of my league ha ha!

  • Ginger
    Ginger Idaho
    I would say I am an adult beginner/intermediate. I was just in Nathan Cole's class and was part of the games last summer. I have watched many of your videos and I am excited to see what I can learn. Thank you for this opportunity.

    I would say I am an adult beginner/intermediate. I was just in Nathan Cole's class and was part of the games last summer. I have watched many of your videos and I am excited to see what I can learn. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Caroline
    Caroline Sacramento, CA
    The stream is working fine on your website! :-)

    The stream is working fine on your website! :-)

  • .Carla
    .Carla Virginia
    Wow-thank you Lynn for clear explanation of intonation systems. I think I just follow my ear...

    Wow-thank you Lynn for clear explanation of intonation systems. I think I just follow my ear...

  • Lynn Kuo
    Lynn Kuo
    Thanks for watching, Jane, Ginger, , Caroline, and Carla! I hope you were also able to access the YouTube live chat? Or did you just see two broadcast windows?

    Thanks for watching, Jane, Ginger, , Caroline, and Carla!
    I hope you were also able to access the YouTube live chat?

    Or did you just see two broadcast windows?

  • David Clark
    David Clark North Vancouver
    Thanks Lynn. As ever your explanations are so clean, clear and pure....like your intonation!! Thank you for the discussion on intonation. I always wondered what the different “intonations” actually were. I really enjoyed Simon Fisher’s discussion on Nathan’s closing ceremonies yesterday, his piano tuning, true tuning etc. But to a degree I find this a little academic in the sense that we all generally tune in 5ths. Consequently the “Just” tuning really does give us a set of anchor points. However, music is more than playing every set of notes in perfect “fifth/piano” tune, except maybe for some asian music (?). So to me, the Pythagorean diversions of pitch are what provides the musicality. It would not sound the same iof the 7th were a little low but when its high...it really leads onto the next phrase. Or am I talking gibberish??

    Thanks Lynn. As ever your explanations are so clean, clear and pure....like your intonation!!

    Thank you for the discussion on intonation. I always wondered what the different “intonations” actually were. I really enjoyed Simon Fisher’s discussion on Nathan’s closing ceremonies yesterday, his piano tuning, true tuning etc.

    But to a degree I find this a little academic in the sense that we all generally tune in 5ths. Consequently the “Just” tuning really does give us a set of anchor points. However, music is more than playing every set of notes in perfect “fifth/piano” tune, except maybe for some asian music (?). So to me, the Pythagorean diversions of pitch are what provides the musicality. It would not sound the same iof the 7th were a little low but when its high...it really leads onto the next phrase. Or am I talking gibberish??

  • Stephan
    Stephan Speyer, Germany
    Just to know something about the famous Caprices. Improve various skills in the violin.

    Just to know something about the famous Caprices. Improve various skills in the violin.

  • Kate
    Kate Spokane, WA
    Hi Dr. Lynn! I'm joining a bit later than the live today, but I'm excited to see how much I can improve! I've been super intimidated by Paganini since I've started looking at it, years ago. My goal is to be able to perform freely and free up tension, especially in performances.

    Hi Dr. Lynn!

    I'm joining a bit later than the live today, but I'm excited to see how much I can improve! I've been super intimidated by Paganini since I've started looking at it, years ago. My goal is to be able to perform freely and free up tension, especially in performances.

  • Lynn Kuo
    Lynn Kuo
    Thanks, Kate! I'm hoping to demystify Paganini for us all! Glad to have you join us! David, I totally agree! Breaking down intonation into cents and numbers and math/physics can be incredibly useful and insightful for people who like to understand the science behind acoustical science. However, I don't think you *need* to know that Pythagorean intonation is based on fifths in order to play in tune or play more musically. And I agree: feeling how a 7th/leading tone gravitates to the root is definitely a musical way of approaching intonation. I like your instincts!

    Thanks, Kate! I'm hoping to demystify Paganini for us all! Glad to have you join us!

    David, I totally agree! Breaking down intonation into cents and numbers and math/physics can be incredibly useful and insightful for people who like to understand the science behind acoustical science.

    However, I don't think you *need* to know that Pythagorean intonation is based on fifths in order to play in tune or play more musically.

    And I agree: feeling how a 7th/leading tone gravitates to the root is definitely a musical way of approaching intonation. I like your instincts!

  • Irina
    Irina Kalamazoo, MI
    Like Kate, I'm joining later than live, as Wednesday are super busy. I'm looking forward to a different perspective on learning/teaching Paganini. Thank you!

    Like Kate, I'm joining later than live, as Wednesday are super busy. I'm looking forward to a different perspective on learning/teaching Paganini. Thank you!

  • Lynn Kuo
    Lynn Kuo
    Thanks for leaving a comment, Irina! Glad to have you join the Challenge!

    Thanks for leaving a comment, Irina! Glad to have you join the Challenge!

  • Dawn
    Dawn Texas, USA
    I am a beginner and I am hoping to learn how to improve my technique and playing. I struggle with bow changed. I find I am always hitting the next string. Also, because I am not musically inclined, I don't know what each note beyond open sting should sound like. I love watching and learning from you. Thank you for these videos.

    I am a beginner and I am hoping to learn how to improve my technique and playing. I struggle with bow changed. I find I am always hitting the next string. Also, because I am not musically inclined, I don't know what each note beyond open sting should sound like. I love watching and learning from you. Thank you for these videos.

  • Lynn Kuo
    Lynn Kuo
    My pleasure, Dawn! So glad to hear you're pursuing the violin and learning all you can!

    My pleasure, Dawn! So glad to hear you're pursuing the violin and learning all you can!

  • Nicola
    Nicola Paris
    Hello there Lynn, I'm finally back on the practice wagon!!! About to start your challenge a bit late!!! I've also signed up to Nate's Violympics!!! So see you there!!

    Hello there Lynn, I'm finally back on the practice wagon!!! About to start your challenge a bit late!!! I've also signed up to Nate's Violympics!!! So see you there!!

  • Lynn Kuo
    Lynn Kuo
    Welcome and nice to see you again, Nicola! 👋 Thanks for saying hi! I hope you enjoy the Challenge!

    Welcome and nice to see you again, Nicola! 👋
    Thanks for saying hi! I hope you enjoy the Challenge!

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