I'm so proud to present "Stefan's Tips," a collection of tips, tricks, techniques and wisdom that I've picked up during my years playing the violin.
Should you always vibrate every note? In this video, I break down my approach to vibrato with a passage from the second movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
In this video, I discuss the importance of the right-hand pinky in bow control using an example from the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Left hand structure is crucial to shifting, intonation, and sound quality. In this video, I use the Brahms Violin Concerto to demonstrate how to find a hand position that works for you.
Why and how should you tune to your open strings? I break it down using the opening of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
In this video, I talk about how to find and maintain good contact and pressure between your bow hairs and the string for the best possible sound quality.
What do you do when you're nervous about a concert or audition? In this video, I reflect on the strategies I use to cope with pre-show jitters.
My backstage warmup routine is all about embracing my nerves and finding joy in some of my favorite pieces.
It can be overwhelming to work on a lot of different pieces at once. Here's how I manage my practice time when I'm juggling a bunch of repertoire.
In this video, I demonstrate my practice technique for clarity in fast passages with an example from the Barber Violin Concerto.
Sometimes you need to mix it up from three-octave scales and arpeggios. Here are a few ways I like to vary my scale practice routine to focus on intonation.