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Tue 26th Apr 2022

Stringbuilder 2 p. 20

  • Warm up with a 2 octave D major scale with minims on all the Ds and slurred crotchets. Keep the bow smooth as you play the slurs, as if your bow is playing minims all the time.
  • Work on any of the pieces on this page, but count yourself in with two bars before each piece, especially when you are in 3.

Stringbuilder 2 p. 30

  • Even when you are playing exercises and studies here, try to keep the bow sustained and the rhythms exact.
  • Play the exercise at the start of p. 8 in Stringbuilder 3 as a cmpanion exercises, making sure to slide very slowly and with a light finger so you can hear when you’re approaching your destination.

Whistle Down the Wind

  • Start from the upbeat to bar 43 and work to the end of the page taking things apart and practising the shifts like in the Stringbuilder exercises.

Sun 27th Feb 2022

When playing your warm-up scales, try to think about your left thumb position. This will feel alien at first, but the more you try it the more natural it will become.

Stringbuilder 59

  • Watch out for left hand pizzicato symbols (+) and aim for the tempo not to be disturbed by these.
  • Aim for a really smooth bow on slurred crotchets.
  • Keep listening for the tuning.

Stringbuilder 61

  • Warm up with F major in 2nd position.
  • Aim for no hesitations on this, especially when changing to your 4th finger.
  • Watch out for smooth up bow slurs.

Mrs McLeod

  • Check the tuning of your 2nd note before you start. If it’s in tune, the A string should ring too.
  • Keep pushing yourself to go that little bit faster, looking ahead so your know what’s coming and using less bow.
  • From the second secont (letter A), listen for the tuning of your 1st fingers if you’ve had a 4th finger recently.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • Practice the lower line of the piano right hand.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

  • Be a little stricter on your rhythms.
  • If you ever feel the bowing is awkward, see if you could have started in a better part of your bow at the previous rest.

Mon 14th Feb 2022

Some warm-up exercises for you:

When tuning your violin, try keeping your bow as calm and smooth as you can. This is helpful both for the tuner and your ears!

In your scale warm-up, watch in the mirror for a straight bow. This is easiest to see if you stand with your bridge at a right-angle to the mirror.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • In the second half, play the first 4 notes using open A to hear the tuning, then try with your 4th finger.
  • Just slightly smoother with the bow – string the notes together as you would the words if you were singing it.

In Heavenly Honour

  • Any upbeat quavers will work better on up bows.
  • Make sure the up beats aren’t longer than the other quavers.
  • Be careful which notes you are playing longer than others in the verse.

Scottish Tunes

  • Using a slightly lighter bow and looser arm, up the tempo slightly on these. Channel your inner fiddler!
  • In Mrs McLeod, listen out for tuning as this went a little sharp.

Stringbuilder 59

  • This is great exercise for reliable in-tune fingers.
  • Try to keep all your slurs really smooth.
  • In any bars like bar 1 with repeated alternating notes, be listening really closely for tuning.

Mon 1st Feb 2022

Whistle Down the Wind

  • Keep practising the C major scale, noticing the spacing between the fingers whilst listening really carefully for your tuning. Keep this steady.
  • Use the 2nd joint of your index finger to find the nut at the end of your fingerboard to help get your 1st position really secure.
  • Remember that 15 starts one note lower than 13.
  • Keep your 2nd fingers nice and low in 1st position for F and C naturals.
  • Be really picky about playing quaver upbeats nice and short.

Scottish tunes

  • How smooth can you make your slurs?
  • For the double stops, make sure your bow is lying across both strings before playing.

Mon 17th Jan 2022

Whistle Down the Wind

  • Warm up with C Major in 2nd position. Think about where the tones and semitones are to help you.
  • Have a go at the arpeggio too.
  • Keep an eye out for fingering suggestions.
  • Make sure your dotted rhythms are nice and neat.
  • Feel free to look past the key change, but you’re also welcome to leave this for us to look at together next lesson!

All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • Warm up with a D major scale in 3rd position.
  • Listen out for whether you are cleanly on the right string with your bow. Think about your right elbow levels when focusing on this.
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