List of Goals for the week:
Warm Up: Review bow hold and violin hold
This week we learned to bow on the A string and E String and play with our first, second and third fingers on the E string. Make sure when you are bowing that you are starting off from the box position we discussed in class (Bow, forearm, upper arm and shoulders should make a square) and that the bow is moving straight across the strings. Experiment with bow speed and pressure to make a clear, clean sound. With the fingers, make sure that your left wrist is straight, that the fingers are curled around, and that the fingers are making contact with the string on their “corners” not directly on the tip or the pad.
Assignment for next week
This week’s assignment is to be able to comfortably bow on the A and E strings and to play the F# (first finger), G# (second finger) and A (third finger) on the E string.
How to Practice this at home
Bowing: Aim to get 7 - 10 clean repetitions of the E string on its own. Then, repeat this process on the A string. Once you’ve gotten your clean repetitions on each string try to get 3-5 clean repetitions moving back and forth between E and A strings.
Fingers: Walk up the finger exercise on the E string (E F# G# A - A G# F# E) 3-5 times each practice session with clean, in tune notes.