Obtaining The Best Possible Tone

One of the most important principles the Suzuki method addresses, is the emphasis it places on beautiful tone production. Right from the very start, the Suzuki student is introduced to the concept of “Tonalization”. These exercises provide the opportunity to conscientiously focus on the various elements which contribute to producing a beautiful tone. Elements such as even tone and even volume, consistent timbre, smoothness of phrasing, legato phrasing, shape and smoothness of the nail, correct posture and position of the arm, hand and fingers and much more. The “Tonalization” exercises can even become a true workshop on exploring the tonal possibilities of the guitar where the student and teacher can work on perfecting the use of dynamics, vibrato, timbre variations, staccato, learning to eliminate string buzz and other non musical sounds such as fingers squeaks and nails clicks. (more…)

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