Oldies But Goodies – Yehudi Menuhin

Something that is an oldie but goodie is something that may be old or dated, but is still considered of high quality or a classic, and this is certainly true when it comes to Six Lessons with Yehudi Menuhin.

If you read my post My Soundpost Fell!, you know I am without my fiddle until at least tomorrow. (Note to self: start saving for a backup fiddle) I don’t want to miss a day of practice, so I decided to look up some bow hand exercises that can be done without my fiddle. I found a lot of exercises including Pinky Taps, Bow Circles, Windshield Wiper, Spider Crawls, and so many more. It was during this search for bow hand exercises that I happened upon a real gem, Six Lessons With Yehudi Menuhin.

Yehudi Menuhin was an American-born violinist (1916-1999) and widely considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century. In the 1969 he made a film documentary for the BBC which was later published in 1971 as a book. In the documentary, Menuhin works with a group of young students from his famous school in Stoke D’Abernon.

In this tutorial you can learn about the very fundamental  principles of violin technique as explained in detail by the this great master. I watched all six this morning, and I think it is the best series of violin video tutorials on technique I’ve seen so far. I have reproduced series here as to be able to refer back to them. Unfortunately, the videos of the original tutorials are a bit scratchy, but as you concentrate, the scratchiness should fade from consciousness. Also, Tutorials 4 and 6 are incomplete.

Yehudi Menuhin Violin Tutorial – 1. The Preparation
Yehudi Menuhin Violin Tutorial – 2. Right Hand First Exercises
Yehudi Menuhin Violin Tutorial – 3. Left Hand First Exercises
Yehudi Menuhin Violin Tutorial – 4. Right Hand Playing (incomplete)
Yehudi Menuhin Violin Tutorial – 5. Left Hand Playing
Yehudi Menuhin Violin Tutorial – 6. Left and Right Hand Coordination (incomplete)

And, here is a biography of Yehudi Menuhin produced by the BBC.

Who’s Yehudi? – Yehudi Menuhin BBC documentary

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