The Grossman Method© Newsletter

You’ve asked for it and I’m excited to deliver the No Pain, ALL GAIN workshop companion booklet.  Now you can remember the poses, muscle groups and bones that we explored in the workshop and have immediate access whenever you need a stretch or pose before or after your playing session.  The amazing drawings by artist Meghan Irwin will be a joyful feast for your eyes and the booklet is small enough to fit in your music case.  
Pre-orders are being accepted via the Contact page of website so don’t delay!  Just send me a note that you would like to reserve a booklet (or several for you and your students) and I’ll get back to you with price and shipping dates soon. To send me your orders please click on this link.
Hear what folks are already saying about this booklet:
“This is the perfect addition to anyone's personal library! Do you move your body? Yes - then these stretches will help you too! Do you love beautiful art and illustrations? Yes - then this will be a welcome and delightful visual resource for even the unknowing art lover.”
“After going through MRIs, taking all sorts of medicines…I can finally play the violin again thanks to The Grossman Method. And I cannot be happier!!”

I’ll be posting a new and improved video on each newsletter in the Featured Stretch section.  Thanks to videographer Lance Brittan for his great work.You can see other new videos on video page by clicking here on this link.
Ask The Teacher
From a violin major in Michigan:
"Help me play in tune!!"

Answer from:
Dr. David Hays
Missouri State University

Playing in tune is one of the great challenges of the violin. Sometimes intonation difficulties are caused by something physical and sometimes by not hearing or not knowing what to listen for.  Without knowing your level, I still have some suggestions that might help.
Have you made the leap from good “beginner” intonation to good “advanced” intonation?  Teachers emphasize the closeness of half-step fingers to each other at the beginning of study.  If pupils never sensed distinct differences between the “high” and “low” positions of second finger, for example, they might always tend to place it in “no man’s land” in between.  Even as students reach the intermediate level, they might need to be prodded to exaggerate a “high” 3 or “low” 1 to get them in tune. 
At a certain point, advancing players realize that the very close half steps we sometimes use are not perfect for every occasion.  Perhaps you’ve played four ascending half steps in a row and realized that you came up flat.
To fully realize the choices we make regarding good intonation, it’s helpful to practice tuning scale pitches against a drone.  (If you don’t have a tuner or app that will play a steady drone, you can buy the Cello Drones CD, for example).  Start on the drone pitch and tune each note of the scale against the drone until the resulting sound is as smooth, or consonant, as possible.  If you’re not sure whether the pitch is too high or too low, simply change it a bit and observe whether the sound is rougher (worse) or smoother (better).
Consistently practicing this way is a great way to familiarize oneself with tuning in “just”, or “pure” intonation.  Sometimes when playing melodic lines, we still choose to raise the seventh scale degree, or lower the minor third, more than we would when tuning against a drone.  This is commonly called “expressive intonation.”
Listening to oneself better is a process that takes time to develop.  The goal is to hear very clearly in your mind’s ear your intended pitch and sound ahead of time and to be able to make minute adjustments when the actual pitch varies from your goal.  To practice getting there, sing it first, then play it.  (If you cannot find your starting pitch vocally, play it first on a piano.) Last, don’t forget to record yourself and listen back.  You’ll hear yourself better live the next time.
Upcoming Workshops & Masterclasses

Click on the links below for details!
July 11-20, 2014

Aria International Summer Academy
July 27-Aug.10

Marrowstone Music Festival

Sept. 4-6, 2014
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

Sept. 27, 2014
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

Sept. 28, 2014
Ravenscroft School
Raleigh, NC

Oct. 1, 2014
University of Delaware

Oct. 3, 2014
Manhattan School
of Music

Oct. 25-26, 2014
Workshop of Eric Swanson, Select Instruments and Bows

Nov. 10-14, 2014
University of Wyoming

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Featured Stretch
"Bend and Bow"
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