Master Class with Brian Lewis
Posted Date: May 07 2021
VOLUME I ISSUE 2
MTSA held its first online masterclass on Sunday, April 11, 2021. I, along with many other teachers, have been teaching online for more than a year now, and before Covid, I’d had little experience with it. The students played beautifully and throughout this session there were countless creative ways in which we’ve all adjusted to the platform.
Brian Lewis taught 6 masterclasses for repertoire in Book 3 and above. I liked the way Brian instructed changes to bow speed and weight, using earlier Suzuki repertoire to make his point. For the Bach Double, in the first class, he focused on bow speed and opening the arm faster from the elbow. The end result is more energy, as Brian demonstrated, and better articulation on the eighth notes. To demonstrate this point, Brian had the students play Twinkle with very short bow strokes, moving all the way from frog to tip between pitches. Thus, the down bow at the frog on open A - in tempo -...