A BRIEF GUIDE TO

ADVANCED THEREMIN PLAYING

 

What follows is a series of videos for people interested in advanced theremin playing. I am assuming that the people who will be interested in these videos already know how a theremin works and how to set one up, so I will not be discussing any of that.

 

I have thought for years that the main challenge for thereminists is getting to a level where they are able to put emotion and fire into their playing. Most theremin playing is considered a success if the thereminist manages to get through a performance without going sharp or flat, but what about MOVING your audience the way a good singer, guitar player, or violinist does?


There are exerc
ises that can help develop techniques to inject emotion into a theremin performance but the ability to do them will depend on your basic approach to the instrument - how you stand, how you hold your pitch hand and arm, and how you play vibrato. There are as many methods of playing the theremin as there are thereminists and although there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do things, there are methods that will help you, and others that will hinder you, depending on where you want to go with your playing.

 

If you are happy with your theremin playing, then there will be nothing for you here. If you are not happy with your playing, then perhaps you will find some answers in these videos.

 

"The theremin is the most difficult of all musical instruments. It's much harder than the violin which I played for years." Clara Rockmore