|To make better sound, observe the vibrations of the string||00h:00m:22s|
|By pressing too much into the string, you are preventing the string from vibrating fully||00h:01m:16s|
|The goal should be to get as wide of a vibration as possible||00h:01m:42s|
Ralph Fielding talks about using visual cues to improve your sound on the viola
Ralph Fielding is currently on the faculty of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and will teach this summer at the Montecito International Music Festival in Santa Barbara, CA. He previously taught at the University of Southern California, the University of California Los Angeles and Texas Tech University.
Prior to his teaching activities, Mr. Fielding had a long history as an orchestral musician. As a teenager, he played a year in the Utah Symphony under Maurice Abravanel. He later spent 16 years as a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his classical work, Mr. Fielding has played in the string section for dozens of Hollywood film scores (such as Ghost, Armageddon, Contact, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Parent Trap), sound recordings (for such diverse artists as The Counting Crows, the Wallflowers, Alanis Morissette, Wayne Shorter and Willie Nelson), and TV shows (including Futurama, Jag, and Star Trek DS9, TNG & Voyager) and was in the pit orchestra for Johnny Carson’s last appearance as host of the Tonight Show.
Ralph Fielding held a three-year term as the elected President of the American Viola Society, a 1,000-member nonprofit organization, founded in 1971, that puts out a peer-reviewed Journal two or three times a year, sponsors the North American Viola Congress every two years and holds the Primrose Memorial Viola Competition, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious viola-only events.