A One Octave Scale

 

  • Notes on playing the A Scale:
    • Play each note singly in consecutive order...from the A to the B to the C# and so on.
    • Count 4 beats on each note being played...as you're drawing the bow on each note, count 4 downbeats...this can be timed well by tapping your foot without any pauses between beats...the four beats should equal the length of the bow.
    • On the first note, draw the bow on a down stroke...on the second note, draw the note on an up stroke. Thus, you'll be alternating between a down stroke and an up stroke as you play each consecutive note.
    • Draw the bow in one spot on the violin only...you should be attempting to develop good bowing technique while at the same time you're learning your scales. This means that the bow should be drawn in one spot, at an even angle, throughout the scalar study. The most desirable spot to draw the bow would be close to where the fingerboard ends...if the bow is drawn too close to the bridge, there will be more of a trebly tone...the closer to the fingerboard, the softer the tone.
    • Be sure to refer back to the beginning lessons on proper bow grip...so that you're developing good habits while learning your scales.