Did you ever know?... (p.7)

Did you every know that there’s one Australian-born violin maker, whos violin were appraised by No.1 world violinists?

Australian violin maker Arthur Edward Smith (A.E. Smith) died on this day in 1978 – aged 98 | Largely self taught, Mr Smith’s violins and violas have amassed an international reputation for their even sound, projection, excellence of tone and decorative elements – often counted amongst some of the greatest ever created | Famed owners include Yehudi Menuhin, Issac Stern, Ruggiero Ricci and David Oistrakh.


10 tips to improve your sight-reading

By violinist and professor Eugene Gratovich

(Link to original article:  http://thestrad.com/latest/editorschoice/10-tips-to-improve-your-sight-reading)


1. Scan the page to observe as many difficulties as possible
One approach is to glance from the upper left to the lower right of the page diagonally through the middle of the page. For a useful exercise, tap a pulse at the speed of crotchet = 60 and name the first and last note on each line with each beat. Next step is to look across the same line on beats one and two and name the highest note on that line on beat three. Repeat this procedure for each line. Identifying the highest note on each line will help one choose appropriate fingerings. It is also helpful to locate any complex rhythms on the line which can then be carefully analysed during rests or long notes.

2. Identify sequences and intervals
In fast movements, recognise the sequences and intervals visually before you play them and follow the contour of the note heads. Read ahead by looking towards the first note of each group and memorise at least one beat of fast notes. Don’t stop; whatever happens, keep going. This visual skill can be practised without the instrument. Hold a small sheet of paper in your hand and cover a group of notes after looking at them. Solfege this group of notes without looking.