Judith Heald’s fifteen comments

  • Re: Someone to look over my compositions!

    I really like your tunes , especially the Cloudy Day ( I can only play the 3 in notation , I’m afraid I dont understand ABC , must learn it ) . I think they flow and I like the melodies . more…

  • Re: “Irish” bow hold

    Getting a comfortable bow hold at the frog can take a bit of time if you want a flexible hold where the pinky curves and moves with the hand . more…

  • Re: Fiddling and hand tension

    - and for holding the fiddle , the latest piece of wisdom I heard is that its good to balance the fiddlehold between neck/shoulder and hand/thumb . more…

  • Re: Fiddling and hand tension

    I do pretty much what John Henry recommends , it has amazing and instant results . You dont need to use the bow , just do a 2 minute Left hand loosening exercise now and then . more…

  • Re: Fiddle string panic !

    Sorry , Thomastik Dominants are getting quite expensive - not as bad as pirastro though I think . But the new cheaper Thomastiks do seem good as well more…

  • Re: Fiddle string panic !

    Steel strings can take a while to play in anyway , if its for a quick replacement string . I love Dominants , not gut but sweet tone , and they tune up right away and hardly any time to warm up so good for a quick change . more…

  • Re: How much classical?

    Ah , better to say , all these special bowing styles are possible with a good technique - in theory ! In practice there’s never going to be enough time to get properly involved with more than one or two .. more…

  • Re: How much classical?

    Seems to me that what classical teaching can give you - if its really good classical teaching - is the most natural technique possible . By ‘ Technique ’ I would mean a totally comfortable , fluent hold and basic note-making . more…

  • Re: where is your bow hand?

    That French ‘thumb on bow hair’ hold is a whole other thing ( read about it , havent tried it out . And isnt the French baroque bow made differently anyway ? No tightener , your thumb does the tightening ? . more…

  • Re: where is your bow hand?

    Sorry , post script ! Ive come across plenty of people who just cant get that pinky to be flexible - for various reasons , maybe just thats how their hand is made . Beginning to think that they might love this light baroque bow especially . more…