Practice tonalization in two steps.   First, practice strong vibrations.  Stay on the Highway!  Reach for the maximum vibrating potential of  your instrument.   Second,  discover and cultivate the sympathetic vibrations. 

Please read the following from an interview with cellist Laszlo Varga:

TJ: How did Heifetz behave during rehearsals?

LV: He was all business. I remember him playing just six feet in front of me when we were rehearsing the Sibelius Concerto. In the opening of the piece, the strings play a shimmering, barely audible accompaniment, so I expected a similar musical feeling from him. Instead I was shocked by how scratchy he sounded. He used incredibly energetic bow strokes that were anything but beautiful up close, but he had a beautifully centered tone once you were some distance from him. His performance technique could be compared to the use of stage paint that actors use, which has to be exaggerated in order for the desired effect to be visible at a distance. I imagine Heifetz used extra bow pressure so that his concentrated tone would carry to the last row in the balcony.

Listen to Heifetz play Sibelius

Look at the old photos of Heifetz, see how close to the bridge he holds the bow.

 Now go practice your strong vibrations!

Stay on the Highway!

 Explore these other links which have more information on violin tone production and the physics of sound:

Click here to see How Strings Vibrate.

Learn to play near the bridge!

Read more about sound vibrations.


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