For a young violinist having difficulty integrating the words "down" and "up" into their playing consider substituting with the words "open" for down bows and "close" for up bows. Since the bow moves in lateral directions left and right the actual words "up" and "down" do not correlate with the motions and can be confusing to a young violinist and their parents during home practice.
11/7/2015 01:58:54 pm
I often forget that my students don't have that sense of up bows and down bows yet. Thanks for the reminder!
1/14/2016 06:44:55 pm
1/19/2016 07:43:51 am
Great idea to connect this to something the student already knows. This type of teaching is called chain learning and very effective since if builds on existing neural pathways instead of needing to start from new. We appreciate your contribution! Heather
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