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Achieve Energized, Anxiety-Controlled Perfection in Any of Life’s Performances


The Charl Ann Gastineau’s Stop Bow Method, developed for violin students, can be applied to any discipline or endeavor in Life that requires the honing of a skill and/or the reduction of anxiety in performing the endeavor. Mary Smale’s book, The Bow Stops Here, will show you the Gastineau Method and how to apply it to any musical instrument, Aikido or any martial art – anything that requires concentration and skill building.

Rather than “Practice makes perfect.” The wise saying is “What you practice is what you get.” If you practice mistakes, they will rise to the surface in performance settings. The Gastineau Bow Stop method teaches to practice perfection, one note at a time.

Gastineau Stop Bow Method Adds to the Suzuki Method


Charl Ann Gastineau, lifelong violinist and teacher, developed the Stop Bow Method on the foundation of Dr. Suzuki’s ear-training approach, to aid her students in learning to read music as well as hearing it. She was able to have each student slowly identify the note to be played and match the written note with the position on the violin. Then, the student played the series of notes slowly – even stopping the bow — for many lessons, concentrating on accuracy and correctness, rather than speed. The speed came later and since the accuracy had been built up over time, there were no mistakes in the muscle-brain connection that might arise in performance. This decreased anxiety and nervousness due to fear of mistakes. All the Stop Bow student has to do is play the piece as practiced – perfectly!