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Lesson 19

40 The Way You... - Solo
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41 Flintstones (SLOW) - Solo
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40 The Way You... - Duet
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41 Flintstones (FAST) - Solo
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41 Flintstones (FAST) - Duet
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Key Points: Pieces 40 & 41

  • Piece 40 is a beautiful piece but slightly complicated by the fact that you have long slow minims with fast quavers. Work on the quavers separately until you are confident with them.

  • Piece 41 is tricky. You must play this slowly to start with. Take bits of it at a time and work on them separately until you are confident. You will be tempted to play it fast too early. Resist the temptation.

  • In Piece 40 there is a marking of 'Cantabile' so once you've learned the notes make the piece 'sing'.

  • Piece 41 is energetic and fast. It's worth working hard on this because it will be able to help you speed up your playing (and your confidence).

Remember:

  • As always start by doing a bowhold check, do a whole bow warm up, playing the scale of D major and G major. This is so easy to do and really helps you check your tuning.

  • 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.

  • 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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