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Lesson 34

Key Points: Piece 70

  • This is the last piece before you move up a level. It is quite long and contains many of the elements you have been learning up until now.

  • Bow management in this piece can be tricky because you have; slow, long bows; quick bows that need to use a lot of bow; hooked bowing; crescendos; little pairs of slurred notes and some quick string crossings.

  • At this point too you will have played many pieces and now be pretty confident with the positioning of the fingers of the left hand in the 'standard position' and be mostly in tune.

  • Your bowhold should now be comfortable with a reasonable tone most of the time.

70 We're Off To See The Wizard - Solo
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70 We're Off To See The Wizard - Duet
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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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