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Scales, Arpeggios, and Double Stops

 
Scales
Three-octave scale:

2, 4, 6, 8, and 12 notes in 2 beats per bow, MM=52

16 and 24 notes in 4 beats per bow, MM=104

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Slowly play a 2-octave scale on one string using only one finger.

Each shift should lift, move, and drop properly.

Concentrate on pressing no more than what is necessary with your finger.


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Play a 3-octave scale at MM=52, always allotting 2 beats per bow.

Start with 1 note per bow, proceeding to 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, and 24 notes per bow.


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Play a 3-octave scale at MM=52, alternating between an equal number of legato notes on whole bows and martelé notes on half bows. Use groups of 2, 4, 6, and 8 notes.

Substitute detaché strokes for martelé when using groups of 12, 16, and 24 notes.


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Arpeggios
Slowly play a 2-octave arpeggio on one string using only one finger.

Each shift should lift, move, and drop properly; concentrate on pressing no more than what is necessary with your finger.

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Practice very slowly; please review Shifting Definition: Intermediate for information on shifting patterns.


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Double Stops
Play a one-octave scale in thirds on one string, repeating each note.

Use only your 1st and 3rd fingers, followed by 2nd and 4th, finally combining both.


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Play a one-octave scale in sixths on one string, repeating each note.

Use only your 1st and 2nd fingers, followed by 2nd and 3rd, succeeded by 3rd and 4th, finally blending all 3 combinations in different patterns.


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Play a one-octave scale in octaves on one string, repeating each note.

As a variation, you may play the scale in broken thirds.

Remember to allocate 80% of your bow pressure to the bottom string.


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Play a one-octave scale in fingered octaves on one string, repeating each note.

Use combinations of 1st and 3rd as well as 2nd and 4th fingers.

It is extremely important to remember to stretch from the top finger down.


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Play a one-octave scale in tenths on one string, repeating each note.

Remember to stretch from the top finger down, and to allocate 80% of your bow pressure to the bottom string.


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Performances
Violin, Tessa Lark

Piano, Ina Ham


Violin, Su Yeon Lee

Piano, Ina Ham


Violin, Tessa Lark


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