Violin Beginner I

Violin Beginner I: Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Review bow hold and violin hold

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: Bowing

  • Repertoire: N/A

Summary


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.

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Violin Beginner I: Week #2

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Review Violin Hold

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: Bow Hold

  • Repertoire: N/A

Summary

This week we learned to bow hold. This is the first major hurdle in violin playing as the bow hold is very awkward and there’s not similar to anything else we do in everyday life. Be patient with this. It gets easier, but will take time to get used to. When you’re building your bow hold remember to:

Make sure your thumb is bent and that the back of the thumb contacts the bow hair (about where the nail meets the skin),
Keep your middle two fingers together and curl them over the stick of the bow. Your ring finger should cover the dot on the frog,
Place your index finger easily on its side between the middle and top knuckle Curl your pinky around and place it on the stick of the bow about where the frog ends. The pinky distributes the weight of the bow through the hand and controls the straightness of the bow stroke, so it's really important to have it round and sitting on top. When you let go of the bow with the left hand, feel the weight of the tip sink into the pinky and feel the pinky naturally push down to counterbalance the weight.

Assignment for next week

This week’s assignment is to get comfortable with the bow hold. Review the violin hold and playing position to continue to get comfortable with it.

How to Practice this at home

This week, follow the steps and build 7-10 bow holds. Hold the bow for a few seconds and then release the bow hold and shake out the right hand. Plan to practice at least 4 days this week (6 is ideal). Also review the violin hold 3-5 times per practice session (you can use this as a break from building bow holds).

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Violin Beginner I: Week #1

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: N/A

  • Technique: Parts of the Violin, Getting Into Playing Position, Holding Violin

  • Repertoire: N/A

Summary 

This week we learned the parts of the violin and worked on going from rest position into playing position and holding the violin. It’s important to know the parts of the violin as we will be constantly referring to them in class and to have the violin hold become second nature as everything will be built off of that.

Assignment for next week

This weeks assignment is to get comfortable going from rest position to playing position and to be able to hold the violin without the aid of the left hand.

How to Practice this at home

More repetitions for a short amount of time each will help you learn the most quickly. For practice this week, go through the steps to build the violin hold, drop your left hand to your side then touch your scroll, bridge, opposite shoulder and nose. Repeat this 7-10 times per night. Plan to practice at least 5 days this week (6 is ideal). If you are nervous about dropping the instrument, practice standing over a sofa or a bed.


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