Lesson Three - Bow Distribution&Finger Placement, Simple Theory

  • Ongoing exercises – left-hand finger independent movement, rhythmic exercise from lesson 2 (clapping with metronome set to 60bpm)
  • Bow Distribution - The bow is divided simply into either two halves (UH – upper half and LH – lower half) or three points (at the frog, in the middle, and at the tip). Most comfortable place to start playing is the middle of the bow where the weight of the bow is nicely balanced. For the first exercise I would start in the middle and play four short notes and two longer ones (four 16th notes and two 8th notes) on all open strings. For this exercise make sure you keep the bow straight and don’t use your upper arm. All motion for small notes comes from “small” muscles – just use the wrist and little bit of forearm. This exercise can be found under “Exercise for Proper E-String Posture” in the Suzuki book1
  • Left finger placement and elbow position - Do the previous exercise with 1st finger on the E string, then with 2nd, and finally with 3rd. You don't have to worry about the pinkie just yet. Start on E string and repeat on all strings and at all points of the bow - middle, tip, and frog. Make sure that the left elbow is moving left and right to help reach the strings. For example, if you’re holding 3rd finger on the E string your elbow is pointing slightly to the left of the vertical line but if you are holding the same finger on the G string move your elbow to the right in order to make the reach little easier.

AFTER MASTERING THE ABOVE EXERCISES WE WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY THE FIRST REAL SONG – TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR.

Theory Lesson: please click on the link below, read and do the exercises

Lesson 1: The Staff

HOME WORK

  1. Clap your hands with of your favorite song. First clap on the beats and then try to clap off beats (between the beats, syncopation).
  2. Above exercises - small bow strokes and finger placement (Video)
  3. First line of the "Theme" of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on page 9 of Suzuki Book 1 (Video) - if it's you'd like play the wole song.