1) Bowing scales with only the index finger & thumb
- Thumb stays on the side of the stick
- Index finger has to really hug the bow!!!!
- Use the pinky HOWEVER to lift the bow off because it's the only digit that hold up the bow
2) Keep the index finger right at or slightly in front of the nut
3) Bowing - keep the bow in ONE spot on the string by gliding NOT forcing it
4) Bowing hand - keep the fingers over the stick and thumb away from the hair
PLEASE HUG THE INDEX FINGER OVER THE STICK!!!!
Scales & Arpeggios (Quarter, Eighth & 4 Notes Slurs) - metronome at
C-Scale (no sharps) - 1 Octaves C-Arpeggio (C, E, G)
G-Scale (F#) - 2 Octaves G-Arpeggio (G, B, D)
D-Scale (F#, C#) 1 Octave D-Arpeggio (D, F#, A)
A-Scale (F#, C#, G#) - 1 Octaves A-Arpeggio (A, C#, E)
1) Sitting Posture- sit on the right corner edge of your chair, feet flat on the floor, and
2) Concert Rest - while sitting, hold violin upright on the left knee & hand gripping the
body of the violin with your left hand on the top.
3) Playing Posture- bring your violin up to left shoulder. It should come straight out
with the back of the chin rest against the neck. Side of chin should fit snuggly into
the chin rest. The violin will be tilted at 45 degrees. (You should be able to hold the
violin with out any hands if done properly.)
4) Pizzicato (plucking)- With the violin up in playing posture, put the tip of your right
hand thumb against the corner edge of the finger board and bring the tip of your
first finger around to the top of the strings and pizzicato the G-D-A-E Strings. (the
G-String is the fattest string)
5) Fingers on the Finger Board
- ALWAYS KEEP A STRAIGHT WRIST
- First align your (left hand) thumb on the first piece of tape closest to the scroll.
- The tip of the thumb should be level to the finger board from the side of the neck
and not be sticking out.
- Twist your hand around so the fingers can curl up around the neck but make sure
the hand is far enough back that the fingers can get over the tape.
- Once done check to see if you have a whole between your thumb and first finger
underneath the neck of the violin
-Be sure to keep your fingers curved at all times and use the tips of the fingers. (the
finger nail should NOT be touching the string so keep the fingernails trimmed)
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