Violin Advanced

Violin Advanced: Week #3

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: G major scale with slurs

  • Scale: Top octave of D major scale

  • Technique: Notes of third position, shifting from first to third position

  • Repertoire: Ashokan Farewell

Summary

This week we added the top octave of the D major scale, including the shift on the E string from G# (2nd finger) to A (first finger in third position). Keep this with double bows and long pauses to set up the next note. We also started working on the notes of third position in skips and added the third phrase of Ashokan Farewell in Rhythm.

Assignment for Next Week

Slowly and clearly play the top octave of the D major scale
Comfortably play the notes of third position in skips
Comfortably play through the first three phrases of Ashokan Farewell individually and together

How to Practice

D Major Scale: Slowly practice the top octave ascending and descending with double bows 5-7
Third Position: Play the third position skips exercise 3-5 times in tune with a clear tone
Ashokan Farewell: Review the first 2 phrases 2-3 times. Practice the third phrase in 2 measure sections 3-5 times and the full phrase together 2-3 times.

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Violin Advanced: Week #2

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up:G major scale with slurs

  • Scale: 1 octave D major Scale

  • Technique: Notes of third position, shifting from first to third position

  • Repertoire: Ashokan Farewell

Summary

The big assignment this week is shifting from first position to third position. Make sure to relax your thumb for the shift and to swing your elbow forward so that the arm corkscrews into 3rd position. This week we also put the first phrase of Ashokan Farewell into rhythm and added the second phrase (which is very similar to the first phrase).

Assignment for next week

Comfortably shift from first finger F# in first position to first finger A in 3rd position.
Comfortably play the notes of 3rd position on the E string in tune.
Comfortably play the first two phrases of Ashokan Farewell in time.


How to Practice

Shifting: Practice 10-12 in-tune shifts from first to third and back to first position (F# - A - F#)
3rd Position: Practice walking up and down the notes of 3rd position 3-5 times with good intonation.
Ashokan Farewell: Pick 2 or 3 2 measure sections of the first phrase and drill them 5-7 times per day in rhythm. By midweek, once you’ve hit each part of the phrase, practice the each full phrase 3-5 times.

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Violin Advanced: Week #1

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Playing in 3rd Position

  • Scale: D Major 1 octave scale

  • Technique: Slurs (on 2 octave g major scale)

  • Repertoire: Ashokan Farewell (sheet music in link below)

This week we learned how to play in third position on the violin. Make sure that your thumb and first finger are aligned with the third finger tape on the instrument so that on the E string your first finger plays the pitch A (third finger tape) the second finger plays B (fourth finger tape) then feel out your third finger C sharp (a whole step above the second finger) and 4th finger D (half step above third finger). We also learned hte 1 octave D scale which is the same finger pattern as the A major scale from beginner 1, starting on open D. We also reviewed the slurred G major scale and read the notes for the first phrase of Ashokan Farewell.

Assignment for Next Week:

Comfortably play the notes of 3rd position on the E String
Comfortably play the 2 octave G major scale with slurs
Comfortably play the notes for the first phrase of Ashokan Farewell.

How to Practice

Third Position: Play up and down the notes of 3rd position 3 times slowly with good intonation and clear bows
Slurred G Scale: Play twice up and down with stop bows and twice with smoothed out slurs.
Ashokan Farewell: Practice the notes of the first phrase 3-5 times per day. If you aren’t able to easily get through the whole phrase then practice in 2 measure sections 5-7 times each.

Ashokan Farewell (PDF)

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