I have developed a method, called The Shonert Technique, which has enabled my students to successfully learn the most difficult violin techniques in a very short period of time.
“First, you must understand it, then teach your hands to do it.”
“Firm staccato is not born in the hands. Firm staccato is born in the mind.”
I not only teach violin but I also teach how to think about it correctly. The skills I pass on to my students are useful in many aspects of life.
THE SHONERT TECHNIQUE
Besides learning to play firm staccato, The Shonert Technique will empower all your bowing strokes and styles with a beautiful, clear and bell like sound that is guaranteed to move the hearts and emotions of your audience.
What are the benefits/rewards of The Shonert Technique?
• Firm Staccato Up and Down in 3 Lessons
• Achieve powerful, clear and rich sound without bow pressure
• Play for your audience with complete confidence
• Complete relaxed playing, enjoy your music
• Play firm staccato with firmness, clarity, evenly, fast or slow and long
INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN ACADEMY OF A. SHONERT PRESENTS
Knowledge should not be confined to learned tomes on dusty shelves, but should be made available to everyone who needs it and to all who are willing to learn. My aim is to put my thoughts and ideas at the ready disposal of all, whether they be novice students or veteran performers.
In all times violin has been a unique musical instrument, able to charm the listeners and to affect the soul. Moreover, in master’s hands it can reproduce much more emotions, feelings and thoughts than words do.
That is why so many people dream to play on the violin some famous compositions or even modern songs. Many of them spend a lot of hours and effort learning to play the violin by themselves, by some books or visiting different courses and violin lessons but still cannot play brilliantly. Someone lacks a clear and powerful sound; somebody needs confidence and ability to play more relaxed. In addition, trying to play just like in the example is not enough to achieve the great results.
To play the musical instrument really well you have to understand every motion you need to do, and only then work with it. Such approach will help you to avoid making useless efforts and spare a lot of time. That is one of the most important principles of the Shonert Technique discovered by Alexander Shonert, an eminent violinist virtuoso teaching to play the violin. The Shonert Techique is intended to help you to become a good violist in a quite short period of time. To take the advantages of the technique just choose a type of the lessons.
There are two equal forms of studying and you may choose any of them. The most common variant for people looking for a violin teacher in Prague is lessons in person or so called physical lessons. In this case the teacher can see every your motion at any angle. However, this form is available only if you can attend the violin lessons in Prague.
If you live in another city or just prefer to study at home instead of wasting time on getting from one place to another it is also possible to learn to play violin over Skype. It is easy and does not require any specific equipment.
Those who enjoy working with manuals for self-tuition can also buy a book “Advanced Violin Techniques, Vol. I” on the website. It contains a lot of useful topics and courses and enables you to succeed.
Prof. Shonert is a natural born teacher. Fortunately for me he has chosen to teach string instruments. He has a unique ability to discern what I need, what my specific problem or difficulty is and then to find a way to teach me how to fix the problem or learn the new technique in a way I can both understand and act upon. I have experienced many teaching/learning situations and know that this is a unique ability. He is truly gifted.”
First of all I would like to transmit to Prof. Shonert my most sincere gratitude for the publication of his book. Its reading has turned out to be very interesting and useful to me both: as a musician and as a teacher. I consider it a “must have” in the library of any teacher or student that invites reflection on fundamental aspects of the profession and of life itself… This book made many important changes in my manner of play and understanding the violin and Life.
Prof. A. Shonert has discovered a new technique or a new way to execute the bow stroke firm staccato. Most experts are saying that playing the violin is a closed art, that nothing new can be discovered. They are wrong and Shonert has demonstrated why.
It is never too late to learn this amazing staccato bowing technique. I have played violin for many years but could not play continuous fast and firm staccato using one bow direction only. Finally at 50 years old, Alexander Shonert has taught me how to do it effortlessly, both up and down bow. Read more…
I play in a prestigious string quartet – Pavel Haas Quartet. Despite intensive work with the Quartet, I took lessons with Alexander Shonert. Step by step I learned his method and the way of violin playing. His method is based on naturality and relaxation, which comes from the correct use of physical and psychological laws of playing the violin.
This technique is revolutionary! People who have trouble with this finally have a new method to execute it and have the control to do so at any speed. It is well known that it is difficult to perform this type of staccato but now there is a way to not only perform it but to have full control of it. It is amazing how Professor Alexander Shonert developed his method to achieve this.
It’s great! Thank you Alexander that you share your method! It works and gives good results.
Prof. A. Shonert has shown me a completely new world – a joy of the sound and the beauty of the tone that I had not been aware of before.
Practice is now easy and joyful, simply because the results are achieved quickly and without too much effort. Read more…