Beginning Strings Lesson 1: Finger Patterns and Scales
Exercises focuses on intonation. Students: we want you to really, really pay close attention to finger placement (don’t’ just go through the motions), including “low-2” placements, “high-3s” and extension fingerings, and shifts patterns on bass and cello.
Beginning Strings Lesson 2: Rhythmic Patterns
Exercise focuses on different bow articulation, while also demonstrating different rhythmic patterns. Students should pay particular attention to how you use the bow and what part of the bow you are playing in throughout.
Younger Strings Lesson 3: Intro to Shifting
Exercise features one of several methods on shifting. Students: in proper shifting technique, it is essential to bring the thumb with first finger, and use the slide technique. More advanced players, “hide” the shift/slide.
Younger Strings Lesson 4: Intro to Vibrato
Video is an introduction to one of many introductory vibrato methods. Using the shift-slide method, we will make the shift distance shorter and the rhythmic motion faster.
Strings Lesson 5: Finger patterns and pivot (for basses)
EPYSO Bass section ginger patterns for beginners and intermediate
Mixed Strings Lesson 6: (for everyone)
Exercises provide many bowing variations to use with scales. A pdf document of the music Mr. Black refers to is available for download below.
Strings Lesson 7: Violins and Violas Kreutzer Etude 2 Tutorial
In this video, we work through the famous Kreutzer Etude #2. It addresses several techniques, the main being articulation¸ as well as intonation in 1st position, and shifting into 2nd and 3rd positions. A pdf document of this music (with suggested fingerings) is available for download below. Some things to note: – Make sure the whole etude is learned in the first place, at a slow tempo. – Slowly increase the tempo up to the marked Quarter=104. – Take your time working through the whole etude several times, with all the variations
***EPSYO Challenge: If any student wishes to submit their own variant of the exercise (as per the challenge at the end of the video), you may submit to firstname.lastname@example.org Happy practicing, and please reach out to us if you should require some guidance!