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Lesson 27

56 Stand by Me - Solo
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57 Skye Boat Song - Solo
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56 Stand by Me - Duet
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57 Skye Boat Song - Duet
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Think about your pizzicato. Are you plucking with your finger tip? If you are, it may be producing either a 'twangy' sound or a harsh 'clickey' sound. Either way you ought to try plucking with the 'fleshy' left hand edge of your finger because it produces a much more rounded plucking sound.

Key Points: Pieces 56 & 57

  • Piece 56 is actually a bass part which has been raised a couple of octaves to make it possible for a violinist to play it. Bear this fact in mind as you provide a bass accompaniment for the soloist in the duet.

  • Piece 57 has an awkward rhythm which requires careful bow management. Check out the section where I perform the beginning so that you can see how the bowing works.

  • The most awkward bits in Piece 56 are the quaver pairs followed by a dotted minim because they are quite quick. Practise them all separately until you are confident before the whole piece through.

  • Think about the dynamics in Piece 57. When you are playing loudly ease the bow downwards with a very small amount pressure with the your index finger to increase the volume.


  • 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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