Teaching Videos from the Musicians of the Minnesota Sinfonia
A note from Conductor Jay Fishman of the Minnesota Sinfonia:
My greetings to you all, and I hope that you are staying healthy and safe! With so many difficulties created by the Coronavirus, especially to students who play instruments and do not have regular personal interactions with their teachers, we at the Minnesota Sinfonia thought it would be helpful for our players to create short “teaching videos” to offer ideas and suggestions to use with their learning and practicing. These videos should be thought of as supplements to their work in the schools and with their teachers – not replacements. They cover a wide range of topics for both wind and string players starting with some of the basics of note reading, rhythm, care for the instruments to phrasing, vibrato, bow techniques, etc. As you can see as you look over the links below, they are organized separately for winds, brass, percussion, and strings (violins, violas, cello, and bass).
I hope you will find these videos to be helpful and easily accessible. Teachers, please pass the links along to your colleagues, and students, please pass the links along to your friends. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me at the Sinfonia:
I wish you all well, and hopefully soon we can all do what we do best – playing together and enjoying making music!
Violins and Violas featuring:
Violin Bow and Sound
Violin Bow Strokes and Chords
Holding the Violin
Violin Pitch and Rhythm
Viola Fixing Spots
Violin Practice Strategies
Voila! Viola Vibrato!
Cellos and Bass featuring:
Cello Use of Metronome with Jane O’Hara
Diane Tremaine Kogle,
Position at Cello with Diane Tremaine Kogle
Holding and Tuning the Bass
Beginning Flute Lesson
Oboe Basics with Sarah Carmack
Oboe Basics with Merilee Klemp
Bassoon Basics with Laurie Merz