Technique — Why Extended?

What defines conventional and extended techniques? Has extended technique from the 19th century become conventional technique of present day. Technique (specifically violin technique) has constantly been evolving, violinists challenge themselves or delve into alternative technique through exposure to new music or collaborations with composers.

Ambitious violinists have explored their instruments in search for their own unique sound, composers have written “extended techniques” to achieve soundscapes never heard before or even imitate voices. Whatever the reason for extended techniques, everyone who engages in such practice has an impulse.

As I start exploring extended techniques, I’m searching to assimilate technique that would expand my sound palette to express myself through improvisation and composition. It has been very useful for me to start this experimentation by expanding on the technique I already possess. At the same time, being imaginative of the sounds I envision would lead me in my exploration as well. Of course, with DBR’s experience and guidance, I am also able to hear from his playing and technique sounds I never quite imagined playing and this has been eye-opening since it opens up the possibilities for the voice of my violin.

The self-discovering process of this voice definitely requires me to be more curious about sounds around me as well as being more comfortable with sound production on the violin using different extended techniques that would allow me to express myself in more ways than just tuneful melodies and chords.

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