Looking for tips in teaching vibrato and spiccato remotely

Amy said: Apr 7, 2020
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
74 posts

I have a few students who were in the early stages of working on vibrato when we had to start doing online lessons and I’ve been struggling with how to continue working on this. Any suggestions? Spiccato has also been a challenge, though I feel that has been a little more successful.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Sora Jederan Shpack said: Apr 8, 2020
 Flute
Chicago, IL
4 posts

Hi Amy,
This link was sent to me to help musicians get better sound on Zoom. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like it might be helpful. Sora
Best Settings for Zoom Music Lessons
https://youtu.be/wkG7yOTRIAk

Sora Jederan Shpack

Barbara Eadie said: Apr 9, 2020
Barbara Eadie
Suzuki Association Member
Flute
Victoria, BC
39 posts

Thanks everybody. I have made some changes. Let’s hope things are better today.

Edward said: Apr 15, 2020
Edward Obermueller
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Morris Plains, NJ
73 posts

There are three things that seem especially important for teaching technique in online lessons:
1. Observation 2. Putting things into words 3. Demonstration close to the camera

We are so used to hands-on, directly hearing in person, but now we have to carefully watch what is happening and explain how to adjust it. For example, “Place your hand higher against the instrument. Keep your fingers curled over the fingerboard. Relax the pinky. Remember to back away from the pitch.”

I usually have to get right up to the camera as if zooming in, and show exactly how to move. I do this multiple times, along with repeating the verbal instructions multiple times. That has worked for moving students along with vibrato.

Because of the poor sound quality, watching what is happening with a bow stroke becomes paramount. This is good practice for us! To be able to diagnose something visually as well as aurally adds to our toolkit as teachers.

Happy practicing,
Edward

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Edward said: Apr 15, 2020
Edward Obermueller
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Morris Plains, NJ
73 posts

Also the Vibrato chapter from Kerstin Wartberg’s “BASICS for YOUNG VIOLINISTS” is an excellent tool and works well for remote learning. Good pictures, excellent discussion and exercises, and there is even a short piece to play together.

Happy practicing,
Edward

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