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Beautiful Heart - Beautiful Tone

posted Sep 27, 2010, 5:25 PM by Stephanie Chevalier   [ updated Dec 4, 2010, 2:35 PM ]

Beautiful Heart- Beautiful Tone


by Martin Yang & Henry Zhao


The Strings classes began five weeks ago. Susan Ramsey, the violin teacher of FA, works twice a week with two string instrument groups - the beginners and the advanced students,

Susan now is working on the fundamentals with the beginners. They are working on bowing, beautiful tone production, perfect intonation, and concepts of physics and geometry, such as clarifying the angles between the hair of the bow and the strings. Susan is planning to put the beginners into an ensemble and work on “Ode to Joy” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” at the end of the semester. She suggested the students do the stop-think-play steps: stop playing, think of what comes next, and then play it.  She quoted some words from Suinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist: ”Only practice on the days that you eat.”

Susan now is working on the Brandenburg, Concerto No.3, October, and other Bach music with the advanced students. In order to produce beautiful tunes, she is trying to help the students understand the history and the style of the music. Also, she sends Youtube links to them either on facebook or by email. According to Mr. Ellis, the students are going to perform on January 22nd in the Central Theatre, work in an orchestra, and some will attend All State on November 6th.

“Beautiful heart- Beautiful tone,” which means the outside represents the inside, is suggested by Susan. Consequently, Susan gave advice to both the advanced students and beginners to “enjoy and fully comprehend the music.”

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