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From the ARCHIVE

Violin teacher Noel Hale introduces Kató Havas’s New Approach to the world. This article prompted a huge correspondence in The Strad, reproduced in Havas’s 1968 autobiography

FROM THE STRAD VOL.70 NO.

No arm, no hand, no wrist, no fingers.” “Blow up the knuckles as if by bellows.” “One can now progress where before progress was clogged forever.”

These are remarks characteristic of many which I heard during the last few months when I was privileged to witness the teaching of a method of violin playing, entirely new to me, that I believe is capable of revolutionizing the technique of playing. If generally accepted and adopted, not only individual tuition would be affected. We should have to rethink the whole system of class instruction, methods of presentations, teacher training, and more particularly, numbers in classes and consequent future administrative procedure. For in this new technique such long established dogmas as bow position, pressure and pace in relation to tone production; the conscious development of a telling vibrato, finger manipulation of the bow stick to facilitate change of stroke, strengthening of the left fingers, and other muscular actions which we have hitherto been called upon to practise, hold no place at all.

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We talk to the members of the Belcea Quartet and ask why more young people are turning to period performance. Students of Kató Havas pay tribute to the late violin teacher, and there’s a look at asymmetric instruments. Plus a Mendelssohn Masterclass and Renaud Capuçon’s Life Lessons.