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Ivan Alexander Galamian was an Iranian-born Armenian violin teacher of the twentieth century. He wrote two violin method books, Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching () and Contemporary Violin Technique (). Galamian. The scales are written out in Galamian’s books, Contemporary Violin Technique, Volumes 1 and 2. I will tell you mostly about the three-octave. Galamian/Neumann Contemporary Violin Technique Book 1.

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Bach how different the performances are depending from the epoch. The aim is a smooth and unhearable change of bowing. The tone gets a biting sharpness.

When there is a quarrel it is important to have a lawyer immediately investigating the juridical situation according to the labor law. The middle strings are the center of the bow level. His earliest pupils in Paris include Vida Reynolds, the first woman in Philadelphia Orchestra’s first-violin section, and Paul Makanowitzky. About training The teacher’s person has to teach the pupil’s person how a good training works.

With it the vertical and the horizontal movement of the bow have to be considered: Galamian’s method is the most practicable, but not the only right or possible one. Uploaded by garthus1 on February 9, Change of strings playing Spiccato Hold the bow near the string otherwise control will be lost.

From the square to the frog continuing the up bow — the elbow is swinging forward now — the bow hand is hanging naturally now from the wrist, and the hand is turned a little bit outward taking some pressure from the bow away so the tone quality remains the same supination — on the frog the wrist is bent a little bit, and the wrist itself is becoming the principle joint now — the bow is more and more inclined preventing an inclined bowing — there should be only little pressure because on the frog is the main weight of the bow — the wrist has to adapt to these conditions in a smooth way, one has to find the right bench and the right flexibility — but one never should exaggerate inclining on the frog, but one should reduce more the weight.


In Galamian moved permanently to the United States. In this dilemma is the whole world of music schools, and this dilemma is without methox. Parents of children have to be informed about these connections. Ricochet is easier on a down bow than on an up bow. M ovements with the wrist methox the bow hand — vertical movements have to be trained: Often it’s favorable to begin the broken chord not from the string, but letting fall the bow from the air.

Galamian/Neumann – Contemporary Violin Technique, Book 1 – Galaxy Edition

Even better is galamiam first position when the hand is a little bit higher so also for h’ the finger has to be put back a little bit. A teacher’s person never must humiliate the pupil’s person.

The pupil gets mentally lazy and dependent, the music pupil gets musically lazy and dependent. When the finger tips fall on the strings The fingers should “hang” individually over the strings. Thumb and hand are touching different parts of the instrument.

Ivan Galamian: Basics and methods of violin playing

But the locations of contact are are different depending on the situation and the position: Mistake often committed is using too much force in the left hand — knocking with too much force on the finger board — pressing much with the fingers on the strings after reaching the strings — lifting the fingers too high so the movements are slowly in general by holding the finger tips in too much height.


This is the basic movement for a straight bowing. The teacher’s person has to adapt to the personality of the pupil’s person, and then individual measures can be taken so the best result comes out in a short time. One can use it for passages with a Pizzicato of the left hand where some notes cannot be plucked. It’s a big advantage for the teacher “giving away” the girls when they are 12 years old, and this should not be any problem either because there are always more woman teachers in the music schools.

Legato – Portato 2.

Firm Staccato never should be trained for a long time evading cramp damages. Posture of the left arm The level of the string going with the elbow The elbow never is without movement.

Vice versa broken chords The problem is not to interrupt the regular flew of voices. Temporal coordination in the left hand 4. Therefore there is the question how one can better this mutual relation between instrumental technique and mind.

But there are certain limits with this Spiccato.