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Lesson 11

22 Road Monsters - solo
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23 Au Clair De La Lune - Solo
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22 Road Monsters - Duet
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23 Au Clair De La Lune - Duet
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24 Twinkle - Solo
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24 Twinkle - Duet
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Key Points

  • Pieces 23 & 24 are about finding 3rd fingers accurately. This needs careful attention. Beginners often play these flat (your finger needs to be moved slightly towards you) when playing the open A just before.

  • To start do a bowhold check,  do a whole bow warm up, play fingers 0, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, 0 on the D string and check your tuning.

  • Listen particularly to the 3rd finger as it is more likely to be in tune because the other fingers act as a guide.

  • Piece 23 starts with a 3rd so before you start build up to it (open, 1st then 2nd). Piece 24 asks you to find a 3rd finger in the middle of the piece which is harder so really pay close attention at these points in the music.

Remember:

  • To get going pluck through each piece once or twice.

  • Then try with the bow the Student's Track until you feel confident to move on to the duets.

  • Go from plucking to bowing and back to plucking until you are confidently bowing each piece.

  • Check out the repeats and the 1st and 2nd time bars.

  • Don't be in any rush to 'get it right straight away' - being patient will pay off in the long run.

  • Go over previous videos if you think something's not right.

  • Most 'horrible' sounds occur because of a tense right hand causing the bow to 'tremble,' 'bounce' or be 'scratchy'.

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