Slurred String Crossings

  • make sure string crossing is ahlfway through the bow
  • Make sure to fully extend the arm on the D and A strings

Vibrato Twinkle Tennis Ball

  • too much hand/wrist rotation, not enough arm rotation and throwing motion
  • try to think of the wrist joint being more stationary, and te rotation coming more from the elbow joint
  • more throwing motion (think of the shifting motion)

G major scale and arpeggio 2 octaves

  • shift is much improved
  • left arm up more for the lower strings

D major scale and arpeggio 2 octaves

  • left arm up higher for lower strings, when descending.
  • Save bow
  • check lower strings 1st finger with the open D and A strings
  • use whole bow for the arpeggio: also release left hand 1st finger ahead of string crossing

Minuet No 1

  • do second position shifting exercise on the G and D strings to prepare for this shift
  • then add in the practicing of the piece, but stop on the C on the G string, and check with open C.
  • listen for ringing G’s D’s and C’s

When adding the bow

  • dotts under a slur: both notes should be even
  • everything else is as it comes
  • long notes get full value
  • pay attention to dynamics, this should effect your bow placement, organization and use
  • when adding the bow start under tempo
  • save lots of bow for the last note

May Time

  • bring fingers accross before string crossings\sustain through string crossings under a slur
  • fingers should be ready on the new string before the bow plays
  • practice plucking double stops for first bar
  • save the bow and slower bow on the eighth notes
  • practice with a C drone


  • when there is no dash or dott under a tie, we don’t repeat the note
  • lower f natural. 2nd finger closer to 1st finger
  • time to add the bow! Nice slow sustained slurs
  • add dynamics
  • poco rit at the end
  • try to sustain right up until shifts or string crossings