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May 31st


1) Please purchase the following materials:

    Liebenzeller Rosin (purchase the "GOLD II" )



      Muller-Rusch String Method Book 1 - Violin by Frederick Muller and Harold Rusch             Muller Rusch -Violin Book 1


      Solos And Etudes, Book1 - Violin by Gerald Anderson and Robert Frost             Solos & Etudes - Violin Book 1


      Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1 by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki             Suzuki Violin School - Volume 1


        Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory - COMPLETE



           Suzuki Violin - Book 2



      Suzuki Violin School, Volume 3     Suzuki Violin - Volume 3


      Suzuki Violin School, Volume 4     Suzuki Violin - Volume 4


      Suzuki Violin School, Volume 5 - Violin Part     Suzuki Violin - Volume 5


      Suzuki Violin School, Volume 5 - Violin Part     Suzuki Violin - Volume 6


     Muller Rusch Violin Book 2


          Muller Rusch Violin Book 3


     Muller-Rusch String Method Book 4 - Violin     Muller Rusch Violin Book 4 


     2nd and 4th Position String Builder by Samuel Applebaum     String Builder 2nd & 4th Position


     3rd and 5th Position String Builder by Samuel Applebaum    String Builder 3rd & 5th Position


     Solos and Etudes-Book 2-Violin     Solos & Etudes - Book 2


           Dominant Violin String Set


           Super Sensitive Sensicore Perlon


         Pirastro Obligato



    Treble Clef or the "G Clef" - (violins play this clef)


        Alto Clef or the "C Clef" - (violas play this clef)


        Bass Clef or the "F Clef" - (cellos play this clef)


       p   piano (play soft)


       ƒ   forte (play loud)

  Quarter NoteQuarter Note (1 beat ad we play)

       Quarter Note Rests   Quarter Rest (1 beat and we don't play)

  Half Note (2 beats and we play)        

Half Rest (2 beats and we don't play)

  Whole Note (4 beats and we play)     

Whole Rest (4 beats and we don't play


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)



1) Scales & Arpeggios -with and without metronome

C-Scale (no sharps) - 2 Octaves
Am-Scale (no sharps)
F# & G# up only
G-Scale (F#) - 2 Octaves
Em-Scale (F#) C# & D# up only
D-Scale (F#, C#) 1 Octave
Bm-Scale (F#, C#) G# & A# up only
A-Scale (
F#, C#, G#) - 1 Octaves
F#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#) D# & E# up only
E-Scale (
F#, C#, G#, D#) -2 Octaves
C#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#) A# & B# up only
B-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#) -
1 Octaves
*Cb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, Fb)
G#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#) E & Fx up only

     *Abm-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, Fb)
F#- Scale (
F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#)

    *Gb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb)

D#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#) E & Fx up only

C#- Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#)

    *Db-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb)

A#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#) E & Fx up only

C-Arpeggio (C, E, G)

Am-Arpeggio (A, C, E)

G-Arpeggio (G, B, D)

Em-Arpeggio  (E, G, B)

D-Arpeggio (D, F#, A)

Bm-Arpeggio  (B, D, F#)

A-Arpeggio (A, C#, E)

F#m-Arpeggio (F#, A, C#)

E-Arpeggio (E, G#, B)

C#m-Arpeggio  (C#, E, G#)

B-Arpeggio (B, D#, F#)

G#m-Arpeggio - (G#, B, D#)


F#-Arpeggio (F#, A#, C#)


C#- Arpeggio (C#, E#, G#)



F-Scale (Bb) - 2 Octaves                                  F-Arpeggio (F, A, C)

Dm-Scale (Bb) B & C# up only                      Dm-Arpeggio - (D, F, A)   

Bb-Scale (Bb, Eb) - 1 Octaves                         Bb-Arpeggio (Bb, D, F)

Gm-Scale (Bb, Eb) E & F# up only                Gm-Arpeggio - (G, B, D)

Eb-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab) -2 Octaves                    Eb-Arpeggio (Eb, G, Bb)

Cm-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab) A & B up only           Cm-Arpeggio - (C, Eb, G)

Ab-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db) -1 Octaves             Ab-Arpeggio (Ab, C, Eb)   

Fm-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db) D♮ & E up only      Fm-Arpeggio - (F, Ab, C)

Db-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb) -2 Octaves      Db-Arpeggio (Db, F, Ab)

    *C#-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#)

Bbm-Scale (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb) G♮ & A♮ up only    Bbm-Arpeggio - (Bb, Db, F)

    *A#m-Scale (F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#)


1) Sitting Posture- sit on the right corner edge of your chair, feet flat on the floor, and

    straight back.


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


    - 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)


6) Bowing

    -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

      ring finger.


7) Vibrato

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


Colle Bowing-

- Put your viola down

- Lay the bow in your lap and then grab the bow as if you are about to play

- Ensure the thumb is not collapsing and is strong

- Ensure the index finger is also curved and hugging the stick

- Ensure the pinky is very curved FIRST!

- Lift the bow up and let the LEFT HAND stabilize the bow for the right hand


- Bring the right UP & TO THE LEFT while lifting it up!

- If doing it properly the pinky completely straighten

- Then settle the hand band down.

- Pushups for the right hand for 10 reps up and down per rep.





(bowing for kids!)


1) Goose by the face (wrist bent down) and kiss it. Then let your arm go straight bend the wrist bent up.


2)  Practice the bow hold (let the rabbit sleep - hand tilt to side)


3) Practice "Goose" with the bow (keep the tip of the bow to the ceiling!)


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