Words like "high" & "low" are confusing to beginning violin students while still learning how to play the instrument because these words are associated literally and do not yet connect with pitch vibrations.
Consider altering your instruction to be a description location like "closer to the bridge (or nose)" and "closer to the scroll" instead for more efficient results in the initial stages of learning these distinctions.
1/12/2016 09:21:37 am
I am so glad that you posted this! Just this week I had 2 students tell me that using the words "high" and "low" (in reference to their second finger) was confusing to them. It caught me off guard since this is the only terminology that I've been taught and used for all of my students.
1/12/2016 02:13:06 pm
Thanks Allison! Using language as a tool is one of my favorite parts of teaching. Please let me know if you have any ideas to add to this. Heather
1/14/2016 06:30:26 pm
This is to true! I also teach cello in because of my string orchestra class. So using the word "high" to them could be really confusing. They usually move their fingers toward the scroll because that movement is going "up". Not realizing that I am referring to the sound. So I use the term "closer to the scroll" and "closer to the bridge" for my beginner students. Thanks for this! :)
1/19/2016 07:39:58 am
Hello, Thank you for the feedback. I have a special affinity for exploring the way our minds process language and love thinking about how we communicate to best reach a student. Heather
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