All of the handouts we reviewed have focused on Technique. Today, however, I want to take a minute to focus on what I think is the most important component to playing violin, musicality. Sure it’s great to have secure technique, but you have to eventually realize that the technique should always be servicing the music and not the other way around. Today when you take out your instrument, I want you to make your scales and exercises as musical as you possibly can; focus on trying to make a musical line out of your scales or etudes, experiment with dynamics, sounding point, weight of the bow, contact point, vibrato (speed ad width). While practicing, try to get as many different colors and sounds out of our violin as you possibly can. Then you should take 10 to 15 minutes at the end of your warm-up to record yourself. At the end of your practice session, sit down with the most critical ears possible and see if you really are making the contrast in sound and color on your instrument as you would like to. If the answer is yes, awesome! If the answer is no, go back to your instrument and try to take it a step further to really get what you want. Enjoy!!