Building Blocks of Violin Virtuosity Volume 1: Primacy of Posture - by Valerie Bobbett Gardner

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The first volume of Valerie Bobbett Gardners’ series The Building Blocks of Violin Virutosity covers the critical importance of posture, and the components of it.

"Why do fine violinists look 'snooty' when they perform?"

Well... perhaps because they are, but certainly because they've discovered the posture which enables them to play freely and without tension. You can, too, with the aid of this foundational DVD in the series Building Blocks of Violin Virtuosity!

No matter how talented, driven, or advanced the student, poor posture and/or set-up always slows down progress and limits possibilities. I marvel at what so many have attained working against the odds and can only respond as I often have through the years, "Wow! If she is able to play like this with these handicaps, I can't imagine how much better and easier she could play with the right set-up and posture!" - Valerie Bobbett Gardner

Learn about the sizing and fitting of instruments, positioning of your instrument, selection of your chin rest, and selection of your shoulder rest. Ms. Gardner then combines all of this and covers the essentials of correct posture.

“I enthusiastically recommend Valerie Gardner’s excellent DVDs. Essential technical skills are clearly explained and demonstrated by Mrs. Gardner and her students.” - Michael Avsharian, Shar Executive Vice President

About the Teacher

Progressing from her first violin lessons at age 8, Valerie served as Concertmaster of the Couth Carolina All-State Orchestras throughout Jr. & Sr. High. Her summers were spent at the Brevard Music Center and at the Meadowmount School of Music as a student of Ivan Galamian. Her other teachers during this time were Jerrie Lucktenberg (Juilliard graduate) and Elaine Richey (Curtis graduate & assistant to Ivan Galamian). Following graduation, Valerie earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music under Jascha Brodsky and a Masters of Music from Carnegie-Mellon University under Sydney Harth. She was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for several years before leaving to pursue private string teaching.

Teaching Experience

Having begun teaching at age 15, Valerie has nearly fifty years of experience instructing teachers and students alike - from beginning to the most advanced. The Violin Virtuosity DVD series combines insights from Jascha Brodsky and secrets which she has learned from years of analyzing the needs of hundreds of students. She has published complete scale books for violin and viola, taught string workshops, and conducted clinics to enable string players to overcome awkwardness and destructive tension. Presently, she is a professor at North Georgia College and State University while continuing to maintain her private teaching studio. Her students have regularly won top honors in many competitions.
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