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Techniques for the Contemporary String Player

Part One: The Bow Hand 60 minutes Four essential bow control techniques, ten approaches to rhythmizing the bow, contemporary techniques to make each note speak, and much more! Part Two: The Left Hand 60 minutes Ten approaches to ornamentation, plus… stylizing vibrato, use of double-stops, working with chords, slide techniques, a contemporary approach to navigating the fingerboard, & lots more!

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This DVD offers… • rhythmic warm-up games designed to surprise and illuminate you • over two dozen rhythmic ear-training exercises • rhythmic skills such as syncopation, two against three, and emphasis on the off-beat • phrasing techniques such as scoops, wows, pings, and the placement of slurs, inflections, and slices of silence — all designed to enable you to create your own groove Put fire in your bow! Learn the secrets behind how to build new mental skills that will enable you to enliven your bow arm, dip into the primal rhythms of your soul, and make everyone within ear’s distance frolic, cavort, and dance! I am a 57-yr.-old civil engineer with about 20 years of violin experience starting from Suzuki method and now playing mostly folk and Civil War type music. I bought your DVD’s “Violin in Motion” and “Rhythmizing the Bow.” I cannot thank you enough for producing the DVD’s. They helped my playing tremendously. Now every time I pick up my violin I try to think of it as a feather, and I warm up by barely touching the strings as you said. My tone, pitch, clarity and speed all made quantum improvements. When I played with groups in the past I am sure I was the epitome of a good subject for your DVD’s! Thank you very much for these DVD’s and what you do.

Frank Willis, Alexandria, LA

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Rhythmizing Bow

By cheri moore on March 28, 2013

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Very informative DVD and easy to follow instructions.

Great for the beginning violin player who wants to learn different bowing techniques.

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A must have!

By Amazon Customer on February 2, 2016

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Wow, this is a must have for all violin, viola, cello players. This is just the sort of information I’ve been needing! I’m rhythm challenged, and have had some difficulty learning to use a metronome. Julie starts out by explaining how to use the metronome, and how each note fits between ticks and on ticks. She goes into wonderful detail on building on rhythms, and exercises you can do to practice.

Anything by her is wonderful. She has an excellent DVD on the ergonomics of using your instrument that is also a must have.

An innovative way to approach rhythm on the violin

By Vicki Richards on March 14, 2005

Format: DVD

This was such a new way to approach the study of rhythmn on the violin. Actually Ms. Lieberman got to the essence of how we function rhythmically without having a bow in our hands. Rhythmic training begins before, during and after developing a bow hold. How we train the brain ws addressed.

I enjoyed the progression of information. Her clear speaking is a plus in this educational recording and the cordial presentation helps welcome those new to the concepts.At first I wondered why I wasn’t playing from a chart or score at the beginning of the DVD. Then I realized that core information was being given regarding how we develop our every rhythmic sensibility in playing. The call and response portions provided enough interactiveness, similar to a live lesson.

I will be incorporating many of the materials into my teaching and playing. So many helpful suggestions were included that I’ll have plenty of material to digest and disseminate for and with my students. I appreciated the musical interludes between chapters as they demonstrated some of the many varieties of rhythmic playing available but underutilized by most string players.

After decades of playing and teaching this was a fascinating and relevant body of information that I think no string teacher, professional or student should be without!

Ms. Lieberman is known to be an authority in many aspects of World, American and “Alternative” styles and I hope she continues to supply those of us on a narrower path with these insightful and educational resources.

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Determine the optimum playing position and support for your body type. Create a comfortable, well-supported, dynamic dance with your instrument! World-renowned music educator Julie Lyonn Lieberman has created a valuable one-of-a-kind resource for violinists, violists, and string teachers. This unique DVD provides a comprehensive overview of the issues that determine instrument position and support. Topics covered include: • instrument position as determined by body-type as well as natural joint and muscle function; • work with four planes for placement; • individualize your chin- and shoulder-rest to work more efficiently for you; • create supportive practice habits in a conducive environment; • technical issues and their effect on instrument hold; • postural issues and their effect on instrument hold; • reprogramming muscular habits; and more … Lieberman presents a wealth of information to help performers, teachers, and students arrive at a set-up which takes into account their body type, corrects any harmful physical habits, and results in a relaxed, natural solution. This is accomplished by determining the optimum playing position for each individual within the four planes: vertical (shoulder/jaw/head), horizontal, angle (scroll height), and tilt. Equipment is then chosen to support that optimum position and fill in any gaps. Lieberman gives wonderful tips for doing “detective work” to determine where tension exists, what is causing it, then choosing exercises and, in some cases, different equipment to balance the playing position, support good posture, and eliminate tension. Great emphasis is placed on having a dynamic, not static, set-up that can be tweaked to adjust for minor changes (weight gain/loss, different clothing, etc.) and establishing a natural relationship between the hands, arms, shoulders, head, and the instrument. All the basic types of shoulder rests, chin rests, and additional accessories which can customize the fit are discussed, as well as how to utilize their particular features to adjust for specific anatomical situations. No single solution is advocated. The viewer is encouraged to investigate all possibilities in order to arrive at the best solution for their own or their students’ needs, and then to remain constantly alert to any changes that would necessitate an adjustment of the set-up to maintain pain-free, relaxed, agile performance.

– Review by American String Teachers Journal

Violin and Viola Ergonomics is the most comprehensive single resource I have seen on this topic. Along with The Violin in Motion, it opens the door to a world of possibilities for teachers and players of all levels, providing concepts and tools for individualized and evolving solutions. With the help of these DVDs, we can now realize the potential for a lifetime of freedom and ease with our instruments.

– Garrett Fischbach Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Mannes College of Music Julie, I thought that your [Violin and Viola Ergonomics] workshop was so startlingly original, so large in its scope and informed in its detail that I was very taken. To put it another way, it seemed to me that you have put the pieces together in a way that no one else has, and sonofagun, THEY FIT!

– Dr. Phillip Coonce Inventor, Don’t Fret

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At last! You can benefit from a series of private lessons with premiere string educator Julie Lyonn Lieberman in the privacy of your own home. Using Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s clear, precise, comprehensive guidance, you will be able to design an effortless mental and physical approach to playing based on your individual body-type. Using valuable insights and exercises created to help you improve your mind-to-body interaction, Julie will show you how to build a fluid right- and left-hand technique based on a fundamental understanding of muscle, tendon, and joint action. Her ten-minute muscle balance exercise program is worth the price of the video! Julie Lyonn Lieberman’s unique approach challenges the age-old “do as I do,” and offers string players a physiological basis for building effortless, fluid technique based on individual body type. Julie offers dozens of key technical tips as well as a ten-minute exercise program. Ms. Lieberman is a very, very gifted teacher. She is also an excellent researcher and scholar. Her approach to playing and teaching healthy is backed up by solid medical and kinesiological facts and further supported by a true world view of philosophy and healing.

Janet Jensen, PHD, & Former Director, National String Workshop

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“The Vocal Aerobics DVD absolutely blew me away; it speaks in a visual language, with relevant analogies, with excellent examples and actors, and the exercises are on point. What a wonderful production, thank you!”
– Marius Miklea

World-renowned music educator, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, has created an instructional DVD for singers. Her practice system focuses on cognitive illumination and muscular facility. This system can help develop a vibrating palette that communicates spirit, emotion, and viewpoint—all riding effortlessly on the breath. It is supported by science yet connected to individuality. By first guiding the exercises in silence, her intent is to prevent the tension and misuse that often occur when the main impetus for the creation of musical sound is fueled by a brew of yearning and fear mixed with a fixation on the end product.

I am really grateful I came across your DVD, I call it the “missing link”. I have been singing for 15 years and have been looking for a DVD like yours since I begun to understand how the voice works. I would like to thank you for giving me the chance to delve into the knowledge of approaching the voice from a physical point of view. This DVD is a source of invaluable information for all singers; especially singers wanting to explore the true frontiers of the voice.

– Athanasios Karapanos

Dear Ms. Lieberman, I just finished working with your new DVD. I am very excited about it because I immediately noticed an improvement in my voice and find that I am singing with greater freedom.

– David C.

Looking for the free downloadable tracks cited in the DVD? You can find them HERE.

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