Violin Super Advanced Cycle 2

Violin Super Advanced (Cycle 2): Week #6

This week we focused solely on the solo section of the piece. We practiced getting in and out of the solo with chopping.

Use the recording to practice a four bar solo. Do not play solos throughout. Pick four bars, wait for them to come around, play your solo, and get back into chopping.

Recording for I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow. (Repeats 3 times)



Violin Super Advanced (Cycle 2): Week #4

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Two Octave D Major Scale

  • Scale: A Major Scale, A Minor Pentatonic Scales

  • Technique: Double Stop review, Hoe Down Rhythm Review, Hokum Bowing + Jig Bowing

  • Repertoire: Lacassine Special + Soloing

  • Additional Studies: McNabb’s Hornpipe + Irish Washerwoman

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Our fiddle lesson this week introduces two new bowing patterns: Hokum Bowing and Jig Bowing. We practiced soloing over the changes of Lacassine special, taking four bar solos and making sure we can count four bars all the way through the chart while others are soloing. This is the last week of Lacassine Special.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

McNabb’s Hornpipe Arrangements
Hokum Bowing
Irish Washerwoman + Jig Bowing
A Major + Pentatonic Scales
Lacassine Special

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Violin Super Advanced (Cycle 2): Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Two Octave D Major Scale

  • Scale: A Major Scale, A Minor Pentatonic Scales

  • Technique: Double Stop review, Hoe Down Rhythm Review, Fiddler’s Tags or “Licks”

  • Repertoire: Lacassine Special + Soloing

  • Additional Studies: Go Tell Aunt Rhody

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Our fiddle lesson this week introduced a fiddler’s tag or a “lick”, a flashy way to make a signature as a fiddle player. We practiced soloing over the changes of Lacassine special, taking four bar solos and making sure we can count four bars all the way through the chart while others are soloing.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Go Tell Aunt Rhody Arrangements 1-3
Go Tell Aunt Rhody (Final Arrangement)
Fiddle Techniques: Fiddler’s Tag
A Major + Pentatonic Scales
Lacassine Special

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Violin Super Advanced (Cycle 2): Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Two Octave D Major Scale

  • Scale: A Major Scale, A Minor Pentatonic Scales

  • Technique: Double Stop review, Hoe Down Rhythm Review, Grace Notes or “Roll Ups”

  • Repertoire: Lacassine Special

  • Additional Studies: French Folk Song

Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

This week we warmed up our two octave D and A major scales and reviewed the A minor Pentatonic scales. Remember with the pentatonic scales, look for the finger patterns: A, D: Open, Low 2, 3, Open Low 2, 3 and E: 1, 3, Open, 1, 3, Open.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

French Folk Song (Plain) + Arrangement 2
French Folk Song Arrangement 3
Fiddle Techniques (Grace Notes + “roll ups”)
A Major + Pentatonic Scales
Lacassine Special

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Violin Super Advanced (Cycle 2): Week #1

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Two Octave D Major Scale

  • Scale: A Major Scale, A Minor Pentatonic Scales

  • Technique: Double Stop review, Hoe Down Rhythm Review, First finger, Second Finger and 4th Finger Slides.

  • Repertoire: Lacassine Special

  • Additional Studies: Twinkle Fiddle


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

This week we warmed up our two octave D and A major scales and reviewed the A minor Pentatonic scales. Remember with the pentatonic scales, look for the finger patterns: A, D: Open, Low 2, 3, Open Low 2, 3 and E: 1, 3, Open, 1, 3, Open.

We then read the simple melody of twinkle twinkle little star, and then added one new technique to the piece to gain a “fiddle” affect. First time: Hoe Down Rhythm: Second Time, Hoe Down Rhythm + Double Stops, Third Time: Hoe Down Rhythm + Double Stops + First Finger, Second Finger and Third Finger Slides.

Assignment for next week

Review all previously learned fiddle technique: Hoe Down Rhythm, Double Stops and practice first, second and fourth finger slides. Re Familiarize yourself with reading the chord chart for a piece and what pentatonic scales correspond with the piece. Come to class next week being able to play through Lacassine special and know all the minor pentatonic scales by heart.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Twinkle Page 1
Twinkle Page 2
Fiddle Techniques
A Major + Pentatonic Scales
Lacassine Special





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