Technique Focus: Elbow Swings!

Ms. Kirby and I preach “elbow swings” all the time, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a better example of it at work than in this performance by one of our former chamber coaches, Masumi Rostad.  Fluid movement in the left arm is a necessity for playing with consistently accurate intonation, enabling ringing 3rd and 4th fingers, tuning double stops, and setting the fingers up for relaxed vibrato.  So, enjoy this Caprice, and pay extra attention to Mr. Rostad’s exceptional viola elbow technique!