Violin Techniques - String Crossing (Basics)

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Professor of Violin Julia Bushkova demonstrates the basic string crossing technique.
0:23 Prerequisite
0:43 Checking your elbow 'levels'
1:10 The D string 'level'
1:53 Playing 'in the middle of the string" (D)
2:40 Preliminary Exercise in String Crossing
3:33 "Always Prepare" your string crossing
3:46 Use slurs (legato)
4:46 Two-note-exercise on a slur

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0:23 Prerequisite of string crossings - playing well on one string
0:43 Checking your elbow 'levels'
1:10 The D string 'level'
1:53 Playing 'in the middle of the string" (D)
2:40 Preliminary Exercise in String Crossing
3:33 "Always Prepare" your string crossing
3:46 Use slurs (legato)
4:46 Two-note-exercise on a slur

Author — ViolinClass

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I truly appreciate this very basic yet important lesson in string crossing. I've never heard anyone explaining it quite like this: to actually prepare to string cross, rather than just to cross it without mindful preparation. Thank you very much!!

Author — Le Genou de Claire

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What most impress me about your teaching is not only the topics you explain but the way you make me think about. Thanks sincerely.

Author — Antonio Romera

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Honestly the best explanation you could get ...I was just trying to cross quickly and it was terrible

Author — Christophè

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Спасибо, Юлия, за ваши очень полезные лекции. Особенно нравится, что вы не грузите всё сразу в один урок, что позволяет последовательно и методично овладевать инструментом. Я несколько пронеслась галопом и поняла, что смысла в этом нету. Откатилась назад и учусь как это следует делать. Наблюдаю прогресс каждый день, и это радует. Спасибо!

Author — Vera K

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Thank you ma'am for all your excellent lessons and videos, with special focus on basic foundation, which has never been taught to me sadly. You are a teacher extraordinaire! I have been through many violin teachers in my life and yet had to begin afresh last year in my mid thirties. I am truly glad to have found you!

Author — Dr Anuradha Ayyar

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I love this video. Your violin instruction is so good. String crossings are what I have been focusing on of late and this is right on point and so helpful. Thank you!

Author — Stephanie Hughes

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Thank you professor! Regarding my string crossing I've always felt something was wrong, and I couldn't get the part where the string changes as "smooth" as the notes played on one string. I looked it up, saw you video and it opened my eyes! My teacher didn't talked about this at all. He must have thought it's too basic. I've been going back to the basics and applied what you've taught, and I noticed significant improvement on my string crossing, it's gotten smoother now without the akward "accent". Thank you!

Author — Huy Hoang

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I really appreciate these wonderful, inspiring lessons!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Author — Aihua Zhang

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I always love to hear the beautiful tone of your violin. Thank you for keeping the techniques simple. They give me confidence as I implement them into my practicing. I am a senior who began to learn to play, along with my grandson, whom we have been raising, enrolling him when he was a young child in the Suzuki program. He is now 15.

Author — Sims Fairy Tales

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I keep commenting on a lot of videos 'cause you're just that awesome.
Every video, I get so much info. You get right to the point.
It's just so much to love within an instructor. ; ;

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Author — Final Form

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0:40 check elbow level
1:58 4 center levels
2:28 6 near levels (preparation level)
3 double string levels (not introduced in this video)

Author — 好提琴 (音樂語言化 技巧運動科學化)

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My trainer missed on all these basic trainings.. I am learning something from you now ..thank you..

Author — Open Mind

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Your lessons are all so valuable, thank you so much!

Author — Dayane Oliveira

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That was very helpful. I started while in six weeks ago and just was thinking about that problem how to solve it to go smoothly from one string to the other. Thanks for your explanations! Greetings from Germany!

Author — DieterLo1

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If we are in the lower half of the bow and play in detachment and in a fast tempo, how do you recommend the movement? Does the elbow remain somewhat stable placed between the strings and will we make the movement only from the hand (i mean from the upper part of the arm)? or how do you advise?

Author — Viorel Badoi

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This is so helpful. I realise now that I have no idea where my elbow levels are, but now I have a good guideline and will check in a mirror while doing this exercise.

Author — batlin

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Finally a mentor that's well composed and professional instead of young YouTubers making jokes with classical and pushing views. 100% quality, straight to the point, so thank you.

Author — TomLQ

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Thank you for this intro on string crossing. I have a book series by Nicholas Laoureux and he may have suggested minimizing movement with the plane of the wrist. This book is a practical method for violin and doesn’t elaborate the way you do. Your efforts go above my expectations and may help me realize the great joy of going beyond the level of a beginner even though I’m just a late adult beginner.

Author — David Dobrydnio

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Do you have a video on crossing from E to D or A to G, or even G to E??? Are these types of crossings rare? Also, thanks for posting this video. I learned quite a bit. And, you posted it on my birthday!! Happy birthday to me!

Author — Phil Hankins