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Towards a real-time system for teaching novices good violin bowing technique

By Janet van der Linden, Erwin Schoonderwaldt and Jon Bird


We describe the ongoing development of a system to support the teaching of good posture and bowing technique to novice violin players. Using an inertial motion capture system we can track in real-time: i) a player’s bowing action (and measure how it deviates from a target trajectory); ii) whether the player is holding their violin correctly. We detail some initial experiments that show that vibrotactile feedback can guide arm movements in one and two dimensions. We then present some preliminary findings from integrating the motion capture and feedback components into a prototype real-time training system. The advantages of vibrotactile feedback are that: i) it does not use the students’ visual and auditory systems which are already involved in the activity of music making; ii) it is an intuitive way to guide body movements

Year: 2009
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Provided by: Open Research Online

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