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String Forum: The Left hand is your Friend

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

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October 25, 6.30 pm Seminar Room 1156

The left hand is your friend - String players frequently lead a battle against their left hand, where paranoid preoccupation with intonation fuels insecurity and anxiety. The “burden of intonation” determines much of the psycho-physical attitudes to the left hand. Too often performers forget that once their sound is heard it is too late for them to intervene effectively (pace Flesch!). Intervention in performance must occur before the sounding reality takes its revenge. So what is then the benefit of reactive and corrective learning and teaching methods? And what are effective ways to make peace with our left hands and work on a more organic and natural way of playing? This sessions explores a comprehensive approach to the left hand, including outlining functional elements, psycho-physical factors and implications for practice and development. We will propose some concrete and simple ways to improve playing efficiently.

Presented in Collaboration with AUSTA (NSW) - Free Admission



Goetz Richter is Associate Professor for Violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. An experienced performer, orchestral leader, recitalist, chamber musician and soloist, Goetz has held leadership positions in Australian Orchestras (Sydney & Melbourne Symphony) for near two decades before being appointed to the Sydney Conservatorium where he teaches performance students, supervises research candidatures and gives lectures on the methodology of instrumental pedagogy and the philosophy of music. His extensive pedagogical work includes leadership of community string teaching projects such as the Kendall String Project and the Riverina Summer School for Strings, regular international masterclasses, most recently in China and Singapore and presentations at conferences, seminars and workshops in Australia and New Zealand.

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