Today I will start looking at some practice tips given by no less than Hilary Hahn, the marvelous young violinist.

Tip 1

"Starting from the beginning of your piece, play everything in slow motion: every note, every bowstroke, every shift, and every string crossing."

She's right, of course.  Slowing down and analyzing every single move you make really can make a difference in a passage that you are having trouble with.

Check the position of your left hand.  Watch every single finger that you put down.  If you are advanced enough to be playing in other than first position, pay special attention to your shifts.  Listen to every single note to make sure that it is in tune.  If you are advanced enough to be playing with vibrato - - PLAY THE PASSAGE WITH AND WITHOUT VIBRATO!  Playing without vibrato makes sure that you are getting the intonation of every single note.  You do not want your finger to be coming down slightly sharp and then vibrating down to the proper note!

Right hand?  You need to check it too!  We'll talk about THAT tomorrow!

If you get a chance to visit Hilary Hahn's web site, it really is fascinating.    Take a look.  The URL is:
http://www.hilaryhahn.com
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     Sometimes Playing Slowly and Analyzing
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