Violin Advanced III

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


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


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