Shifting exercise

  • when landing on the shift, think of dropping the arm weight, don’t let your fingers flatten or buckle
  • remember on the A string your left elbow will come closer to your body

G major 2 octaves

  • even when doing one notes per bow, make sure it’s slow and from tip to frog
  • try adding more than one note per bow if you feel comfortable going faster. Listen for tone and clarity of sound. The sound shouldn’t be wispy
  • keep working with drones
  • practice hiding your shift in the slur by gliding the finger/left hand along the string without touching the fingerboard. Raise left elbow before the shift.
  • practice the shift with a metronome so you make sure you’re landing in time after the shift
  • work on string crossing coordination with the bow. make sure left hand is downall the way before bowing

Keep working on D major

Elephant Waltz

  • practice with G drone
  • careful to not flatten fingers when switching between strings
  • bring hand more compressed in higher positions
  • check 4th finger D and fourth finger G with corresponding open strings

Tired Tortoise

  • similar notes to elephant waltz regarding left hand, fingers and making the position smaller in higher position
  • shift further back in 1st position
  • work on adding the bow: string crossings! Practice as double stops, and rhythms. Think of the elbow anticipating the next string. Your elbow will trace a figure eight in the air.
  • repeat the string crossing bar in the rhythm
  • second half is softer and more in the string
  • practice just A and D string crossings and try to make it sound as smooth as possible.

Minuet No. 2 (also in C)

  • c drone. lower octave C and higher octave C should match
  • the tendency is to be sharp. Check with open C string
  • Great triplet! Loved the dynamics while pizzing.
  • (second triplet was a little rushed) – practice singing it with correct rhythm
  • subdivide long notes
  • start addinig bow. make sure it’s sustained and connected