Violin Advanced III

Violin Advanced III: Week #5


List of Goals for the week:

  • Long tone drones using weight of arm for tone production

  • D Major Scale - 3rd Position

  • B Minor Scale - 1st Position

  • F Major Scale 5th Position

  • Shifting Exercises

  • Shostakovich 5 Pieces - Both Parts

Summary

This week we reviewed our long tone drones, focusing on using the weight of the arm to pull the tone out of the string and working on starting off each note with a strong attack (read: crunch). We reviewed all three scales that we have been working on focusing on correct not placement and intonation. We worked on the first four measures of the shifting etude focusing on moving the whole hand and measuring each note from the first finger. We also worked on the Shostakovich, tuning up the shifts and starting to put both parts together.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play all three scales with good intonation and in the correct positions

Comfortably play the first line of the Shifting etude, with accurate first finger placement

Comfortably play both parts of Shostakovich with correct rhythm, intonation and shifting.

How to Practice this at home

Practice Each scale 3x ascending and descending, making sure that you are shifting in the correct places

Practice each measure of the assigned shifting exercise 5x, placing your thumb and first finger in 3rd position before putting the notated pitch down

Spend 5-10 minutes practicing the shifts and 3rd position passages in Shostakovich

Spend 5 minutes reviewing other trouble spots in Shostakovich

Run each part of Shostakovich 3x


Maryruth BarnettComment
Violin Advanced III: Week #4

List of Goals for the week:

  • Long Tone Drones

  • D Major Scale 3rd Position

  • B Minor Scale - 2 note slurs

  • F Major Scale

  • Shifting Exercises

  • Shostakovich first and second violin part review

  • Rhythm Exercises

Summary

This week we continued to work on sound production with long tone drones. We reviewed the D Major scale, added 2 note slurs to the B Minor scale and walked through the notes of the 2 octave F major scale. We also started working on shifting exercises focusing on a loose thumb and moving the whole hand. We also reviewed both the first and second violin parts of the Shostakovich.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play the B Minor Scale in 2 note slursa
Slowly and Comfortably play the F major scale in 2 octaves
Comfortably play the first 4 measures of the shifting exercise
Comfortably play both the first and second violin parts of the Shostakovich

How to Practice this at home

Practice the B minor scale in 2 note slurs 3x with correct bow slurring patterns

Practice the F major scale slowly note by note 3x with correct shifts and finger patterns

Spend 10-15 minutes drilling any problem spots with Shostakovich, then read through both parts twice each

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Shifting Exercise PDF


Maryruth BarnettComment
Violin Advanced III: Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

  • Long Tone Drones

  • B Minor Scale - 2 note slurs

  • D Major Scale - 3rd Position

  • 5th Position

  • Shostakovich Duet First Violin Part

  • Rhythm Exercises

Summary

This week we continued to work on long tone drones focusing on using the whole bow and improving sound quality. We continued to work on the D Major Scale in 3rd Position and added 2 note slurs to the B Minor Scale. We introduced 5th position with the notes of the F major scale, which we will learn in the near future. We focused on tuning up the first violin part of the Shostakovich duet, cleaning up notes and rhythms. We also spent a few minutes at the very end working on some rhythm exercise.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through D major and B Minor Scales (with two note slurs)
Comfortably play long tones using the whole bow.
Comfortably play the notes and rhythms for Shostakovich First Violin part
Comfortably Play 5th Position notes in F major

How to Practice this at home

Play scales 3x each with clear sound and accurate intonation
Practice the fifth position notes slowly, using notes an octave down in 1st position as reference
Set a timer for 1 minute and pick a drone note focusing on using the whole bow, checking bow hold and listening to sound.
Pick 3 trouble spots in Shostakovich per practice session and drill each 5x before putting the whole piece together

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

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Maryruth BarnettComment
Violin Advanced III: Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

  • Review Bow Holds

  • Long Tone Drones

  • Full Bows

  • B Minor, D Major Scales

  • Shostakovich 2nd violin part

Summary

This week we reviewed bow holds and bow arm motion, making sure that thumbs were bent, pinkies balanced the bow, and that our tone was being produced from the weight of the arm rather than pressure or force. We spent a few minutes droning on a long tone chord using full bows and focusing on that tone production. We reviewed the D Major and B Minor scales, playing each in thirds against the group. We focused on tuning up the second violin part of the Shostakovich duet and working on reading in rhythm.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through D major and B Minor Scales
Comfortably play long tones using the whole bow.
Comfortably play the notes and rhythms for Shostakovich Second Violin part

How to Practice this at home

Play D major and B Minor Scales 3x focusing on intonation
Set a timer for 1 minute and pick a drone note focusing on using the whole bow, checking bow hold and listening to sound.
Pick 3 trouble spots per practice session and drill each 5x before putting the whole piece together


Maryruth BarnettComment
Violin Advanced III: Week #1

List of Goals for the week:

  • Posture Review

  • D Scale 3rd Position

  • B Minor Scale

  • Shostakovich Read Through

Summary

This week we worked on reviewing posture, making sure that when we play sitting down, we’ve got a solid foundation with both feet on the floor, sitting at the edge of the chair, that the violin is evenly balanced on the shoulder and that the head is fully turned to the side using just the weight of the head to cantilever the violin in position while maintaining a relaxed neck and jaw. We reviewed the D Major Scale in 3rd position. We learned the B Minor Scale which is the relative minor of D Major (the minor scale with the same key signature) so all the finger positions will be the same. We also read through both parts of the Shostakovich duet.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play the D Major Scale all in 3rd Position
Comfortably play the B Minor Scale in 1st Position
Start to learn both parts of Shostakovich Duet

How to Practice this at home

Play D Major scale in 3rd Position 3x, carefully listening to intonation and thinking about half and whole steps
Play B Minor scale 3x getting used to going from B to B and thinking of half steps and whole steps
Sight read through each part of Shostakovich duet, spend 3-5 mins on trouble spots, then sight read again

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Shostakovich Duet


Maryruth BarnettComment