1) Please purchase the following materials:
1) Scales - Start with an Open String, then place 1st, 2nd, & 3rd fingers down in order, then move to the next Open String and repeat the process and then go back down the way you came up.
G-Scale - G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G and go back down (say notes out loud as you play)
D-Scale - D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D and go back down (say notes out loud as you play)
A Scale - A, B, C, D, E, F#, G#, A and go back down (say notes out loud as you play)
Scales & Arpeggios (Quarter, Eighth & 4 Notes Slurs) - metronome at
C-Scale (no sharps) - 2 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)
E-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#) -2 Octaves E-Arpeggio (E, G#, B) -Use 4th finger
Bb-Scale (Bb, Eb) - 1 Octaves Bb-Arpeggio (Bb, D, F)
Eb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab) -2 Octaves Eb-Arpeggio (Eb, G, Bb)
Ab-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db) -1 Octaves Ab-Arpeggio (Ab, C, Eb)
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)
-Then curl your Right Hand thumb tip to side of the stick between the bow grip and
the frog. MUST BE AT THE TIP!
- Curve your 2 middle fingers around the top of the stick at the first knuckle across
from your thumb. So you are making "C" like shape. (fingers should be CURLY
- Tilt your right hand to the left so the index finger makes contact with the stick.
- Curl and bring out your index finger across the top of the bow between the first
and second knuckle.
- Lastly, your pinky should be curved on top of the stick with a slight gap from the
a) Finger Vibrato
1) Placing the finger on the string and wiggling by collapsing the finger up and down
b) Wrist/Hand Vibrato
1) Pretend you have a violin and twist the hand around. Pinky is pointing past the shoulder. Then exercise it by dropping and it backward and up again over and over again! Do 30 second intervals!!!
*REMEBER: Hand vibrato is ONLY a backward to upright motion*
2) Take a violin and place the left hand in 3rd position and gently place the first 3 fingers on the string WITHOUT pushing down on them. While keeping a very straight wrist, "PET" the strings with the fingers by sliding them backwards towards the scroll and then back to neutral with the 1st finger lining up with the thumb.
*REMEMBER: The thumb muscle squeezes into the palm
c) Arm Vibrato
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