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Details, Details, Details!
Timing
1. Metronome Skills
a. Practice the shuffle pattern with your metronome, both
on the dow...
Tone
1. Long Bows
a. Use your whole bow, slow and fast, on all strings.
Challenge yourself to play full bows without makin...
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  1. 1. Details, Details, Details! Timing 1. Metronome Skills a. Practice the shuffle pattern with your metronome, both on the downbeat and the upbeat. b. Test yourself by starting with the metronome, turning it off, then checking your tempo when you finish. c. Practice with the metronome at half time as well as double time. 2. Body Language a. Practice breathing while you play b. Try tapping your foot while you play, and if you already do, try adding a little back and forth movement to help your groove. 3. Use Your Favorite Records a. Chop along with the CDs you like. b. Pick songs with varying tempos and try to play along, especially getting in and out of breaks and solos. Intonation 1. The Dreaded Scales a. Pick several scales each week (or month!) and practice them slowly with your tuner. b. Practice those same scales but skip a note. 2. Position Work a. Slide from 1st position to 2nd and 3rd positions AND back down again. Check your accuracy at each end with your tuner. b. Practice random notes in all positions with an open droning string. Use long, steady bows and really listen for proper resonance. © FiddleStar 2009
  2. 2. Tone 1. Long Bows a. Use your whole bow, slow and fast, on all strings. Challenge yourself to play full bows without making even one little extraneous noise. b. Play long bows with your metronome, 4 counts, 2 counts, and then 1 count per bow. Try for consistent tone each time. 2. Bow Transitions a. This is often where bad tone happens. Practice changing bow direction (both at the frog and tip) and try to minimize noise. b. Roll your bow slightly from one angle to the other as you change direction. Recording Yourself 1. Video Recording a. Get close-ups of both hands if you can. b. Pay attention to your posture. Often, bad playing can be fixed with better form. c. Check your bow placement. Are you playing in the middle? 2. Audio Recording a. Check your timing against a metronome. b. Is your playing strong and confident? If not, would it be fixed by simply playing louder? c. Are you trying to do too much? Are your notes and ideas clearly expressed? 3. Professional Feedback a. Ask a teacher or player you admire if you can hire them to assess your recordings and give you some feedback on those pesky details.

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