Conversations with Menuhin by Robin Daniels

A master violinist shares thoughts on practice, technique, and balance.

Conversations with Menuhin by Robin Daniels

As one would expect, this book is packed with valuable insights on performance and interpretation.

A few quotes:

p.51 " The freedom of the head... I suggest to the children that they start off not with a tense effort to play, to make sound, but rather with a feeling of being able to move on the fingerboard with no tension.

... I also suggest they be simply aware of the balance of the head ..."

p.50 " Each finger wants to be able to move independently. To achieve this, there must be no resistance in any of the other joints. They must act in support and cooperation."

p.58 " If you have prepared the music thoroughly and if you trust your intuition, the element of conviction in your performance will come not from care or hesitancy but from abandonment. If your playing is rather too abandoned, you may occassionally make a scratchy sound, and you may not hit every note exactly in the middle; on the other hand, being careful gives us no guarantee of accuracy. None at all."

Being careful gives us no guarantee of accuracy.