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Hi everybody! I’m Vi Wickam, here for a myTalentForge Quick Tip of the Week!
This Quick Tip is about your equipment.
Now, it’s not a specific tip, but the idea is invest in your equipment. Invest in your tools that will make you a better player.
So, it’s hard to become a great player if your instrument won’t stay in tune. Whether it’s a guitar, a violin, or a piano.
If it doesn’t feel right, if your bridge isn’t cut well on your violin, if it won’t play in tune, if your bow is a piece of junk- it’s going to be hard to become a better player.
The idea is invest in quality instrument and quality bow, or quality strings, as much as you can. It doesn’t mean you have to buy the most expensive things ever, but within the realm of what you can afford.
Buy good quality equipment, because it will make a big difference. How your bow plays will make a big difference in how fast you can play or how cleanly you can play.
Your strings will make a big difference in your tone quality.
And of course your instrument should be set up well. So investing in a good set-up for your instrument can make a big difference.
Really think about those things this week and are there quick, easy updates that you can make to your equipment that will make a big difference in your playing and your ability to get better.
Right now I’m playing on a Presto Impulse, carbon fiber bow. It’s one of my favorites, and this violin is made by Lee Cooper Smith, who’s a great local maker.
I’m not saying you have to buy these things. Find things that work for you.
And that’s your Quick Tip for this week! Get good equipment, as much as you can afford reasonably. And that will help you become a better player.
Thanks a lot! Have a great week. I’ll see you next time!