The Hour of Auer

“Many (teachers) are indeed desirous of doing their best, but alas, having themselves been ill-taught, they spread the poison of their own ignorance broadcast, a plague which carries off many hapless innocents, victims of their pernicious teaching methods”

On a more inspirational note,

“The question of tone production…is not primarily a matter of the hairs on the stick, of rosin, of change of bow…nor of change of position by means of the fingers of the left hand.  All these really signify nothing, absolutely nothing, when it comes to the production of a pure crystalline and transparent violin tone.  To obtain a tone of this quality, the student must  not only expect to sacrifice whatever time may be necessary, but he must be willing to bring to bear on the problem all his intelligence, all the mental and spiritual concentraion of which he is capable.” 

“Young students cannot be told too often: ‘Sing, sing on your violin!  It is the only way in which to make its voice tolerable to the listener.”

And finally, my favorite:

“The young student is prone to allow himself to be carried away by the impluse to execute a passage in a precipitate tempo, intoxicating himself with the sheer pleasure of his own digital velocity.  This makes it impossible for him to follow each note with his ear…to distinguish his imperfect  intonation; he is unable to detect inequalities in the rapid flow of his passage-work; he does not know whether his tone production is good; whether each note is clearly enunciated…due to the faulty movement of the fingers…owing to his habit of practising in too rapid a tempo – he is altogether at a loss where they are concerned.  Yet let him remember that those who listen to him are able to hear and to judge impartially!” 

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