D major 2 octaves

  • make sure the elbow is leading the way for the string crossings
  • D drone


  • keep arm higher for Fsharp on the C string
  • move thumb for extension
  • point left arm forward on lower string for extension

G major 2 octaves

  • 4th position: fsharp closer to G
  • make sure fingers nice and tall after shift
  • keep the shoulds square, don’t point the arm back
  • get the arm up sooner so you have more time to get the weight out of the string


  • smooth as possible with the bow
  • leave sooner with the left arm for ascending and descending shift
  • practice starting with just shift
  • don’t squeeze with the left hand


  • when doing the large motion, you should be leading with the entire arm moving as a unit, not leading with the hand
  • A: look at the saddle. It’s higher than you think
  • bow straight
  • practice without vib first, think/say note names
  • when adding vibrato, it should be continuous, try not to stop the motion
  • practice in front of a mirror, watch the left arm

Toy Soldier

  • practice at a tempo that you can play the whole study
  • slower bow speed, flatter hair
  • start up bow
  • move bow a bit closer to the bridge
  • sink into sring with bow a little more


  • plucking first
  • pay attention to key signature and accidentals
  • left arm up for the lower strings and extensions
  • D drone
  • focus on extensions and shifts

May time: remind me to do pieces before studies next week

  • slurred string crossings need ot be smoother
  • try not to crescendo on the up bows where it isn’t marked. maintain bow speed.
  • arm goes up before note changes
  • make sure to turn the corner on the A string

Start plucking minuet No. 1.