Kato Havas explores the problems inherent in string playing and demonstrates ways
of dealing with them based on an understanding of inward-to-outward energy impulses.
A sense of well-being, both in physical balance and mental attitude, is emphasized.
Players experience the freedom made possible through active rhythmic pulse and the
sensation of having no violin or bow "hold." Two right arm motions or swings encompass
all "bow strokes," and balanced and dancing left hand movements responsible for tone
quality, intonation, vibrato, free string players from anxiety about shifts, double-stops,
and string crossings.
Excerpt from abstract of Keynote address at the "Playing Hurt" conference in Minneapolis,
"The New Approach is not a method in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a highly
organised system which prevents and eliminates tensions and anxieties. It highlights
the physical, mental and social aspects of performance with special reference to
violin playing (although the principles apply equally to other instruments). It
unifies mind, body and spirit, and coordinates the natural balances of the body into
an effortless and powerful whole.
The use of the natural balances eliminates the 'violin hold' and 'bow hold', as such,
which are so often major causes of headaches, backaches and tendonitis.
A structured inner control with the use of rhythmic pulse; the use of the 'inner
ear' and 'inner eye' ensure a free-flowing transmission of energy. These, coupled
with the release of pressure and counter-pressure of the instrument, allow full play
of the sympathetic vibrations and ensure a natural vibrato.
Singing and miming, the power of words and the power of imagination, all play a significant
role in fulfilling the player's ultimate potential."
The New Approach is shared by Kato Havas through workshops, private lessons, published
books and articles. For further information please see Sources, Khana Calendar of