Violin Advanced

Violin Advanced: Week #7

Goals for the week:

  • Scale: D Major Scale

  • Technique: Shifting/3rd position exercises

  • Repertoire: Ashokan Farewell


Summary

This week we reviewed many of the techniques that we’ve been working on over the past 7 weeks and got Ashokan Farewell into it’s performance arrangement.


Assignment for next week

Comfortably play Ashokan Farewell at it’s final performance tempo


How to Practice this at home

Review all previously worked on techniques
D Scale: Practice the scale 3-5 times per day with solid intonation and relaxed shifts
Ashokan Farewell: Practice each phrase 3-5 times (drilling any trouble spots that arise 3-5 times each). Isolate measures 29 and 30 and practice them 7-10 times. Play through all of Ashokan Farewell 3-5 times per day.

 

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Violin Advanced: Week #6

Goals for the week:

  • Scale: D Major Scale

  • Technique: 3rd position exercises

  • Repertoire: Ashokan Farewell

Summary

This week we focused on putting everything together and smoothing out rhythm and intonation issues and worked on playing the D scale in half notes. We also reviewed the shifting exercises and third position notes.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through all of Ashokan Farewell with solid notes, rhythm and intonation.
Comfortably play through the D scale in half notes


How to Practice

D Scale: Practice the scale 3-5 times per day with solid intonation and relaxed shifts

Ashokan Farewell: Practice each phrase 3-5 times (drilling any trouble spots that arise 3-5 times each). Isolate measures 29 and 30 and practice them 7-10 times. Play through all of Ashokan Farewell 3-5 times per day

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Violin Advanced: Week #5

Goals for the week:

  • Scale: 2 octave D Scale

  • Technique: 3rd position Skips exercise

  • Repertoire: Ashokan Farewell


Summary

This week the main focus was getting to the end of Ashokan Farewell. We also worked on putting the D scale into time. As we start putting everything together, remember to keep practicing in small sections and dedicating time each practice session drilling trouble spots.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through the D scale in time with single bows and one beat of rest
Play the ascending and descending third position skips exercise with good intonation
Comfortably play through all of Ashokan Farewell


How to Practice

D Scale: Play through the 2 octave D scale 3 times with clean intonation.
3rd position skips: Play both the ascending and descending exercised 3 times in a row with every note in tune
Ashokan Farewell: Practice each phrase 3-5 times (drilling any trouble spots that arise 3-5 times each). Isolate measures 29 and 30 and practice them 7-10 times. Put together the last phrase and practice 5-7 times per day.

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Violin Advanced: Week #4

Goals for the week:

Warm Up: G Scale with Slurs
Scale: 2 octave D Scale
Technique: Third Position, Shifting
Repertoire: Ashokan Farewell

Summary

This week we put the two octaves of the D scale together (remember not to repeat the top note). Take it slow with two bows for every note. We also worked on the 3rd position skips exercise starting from the high D and descending. We spent this week reviewing the first three phrases of Ashokan Farewell and tightening up loose ends and looked at the shift in measures 29 and 30. Just like with the scale, take this slowly and give yourself enough space between each note to really tune each note.

Assignment for Next Week

Comfortably play up and down the two octave scale with double bows and two beats of rest
Comfortably play the ascending and descending third position skips exercise
Comfortably play the first three phrases of Ashokan Farewell in rhythm and slowly play through measures 29 and 30.

How to Practice 

D Scale: Play through the 2 octave D scale 3-5 times slowly with good intonation
Third position skips exercise: Practice 3-5 times ascending and 5-7 times descending with good intonation
Ashokan Farewell: Practice each phrase 3-5 times, (drilling any trouble spots that arise 3-5 times each) and practice measures 29 and 30 slowly 7-9 times.

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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.

D Major Scale 3rd Position Chart:

D Major 2 Octave.png

We start on D (open), then stay in first position for E, F#, G, A (fourth finger), B, C#, D, E, F#, G

Then we shift into third position, first finger to A on the E string, then we play B, C# and D in third.

Make sure you keep all of you fingers down when in third position, so you know that all you have to do remove fingers on the way back down.

On the way down, start with fourth finger play: D, C#, B A,

Then shift your first finger down into first position, put down both the F# and then the G natural, play G, F#, E (fourth finger), D, C#, B, A (fourth finger), G, F#, D (open)

 
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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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