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Illustrations
by Karen Zethmayr

Bowing Without a Bow, Set One

(click here for set two)


 

With a pencil and a big eraser, you can practice without a bow.

The bow touches your hand in a slanted line from the tip of the pinky
to the middle knuckle of the index finger.

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The thumb goes on the frog, and it should have a little hill on it,photo of hand practicing bow hold with pencil
not a valley
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Tapping for Wrist Flexibility

Raise and lower the pencil by moving only the fingers. (In the beginner version you moved your wrist. Now we're working on flexible fingers, so the whole heel of your hand stays "glued" to the table
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tapping pencil
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lifting pencil
 Windshield Wiper:

Keep your wrist "glued" to the table as you tap the pencil.
The motion is small; just half an inch is far enough.

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Rotate back and forth. Every time you see the back of your hand, that's one count. Every time you see your palm, make sure your fingers are touching at the right places.

Rocket to the Moon

Start with the pencil on the floor. When you get the moon (the top of your head) the angle of your wrist has changed, but your fingers need to be in place.

 

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Rocket on Earth

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Rocket on the Moon
 
When you return to Earth, make sure there's enough room for a toy animal to pass between your thumb and pointer.

 

 

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If you would like to receive notification as new Suzuki resources are added to this site, you can send an email to grandma@grandmaskite.com. Your email will not be sold, shared, traded, or used for any other purpose than that which you requested. As it turns out, I have been adding a topic in a parent letter about once a month for my own Suzuki families.

Other Suzuki resources on Grandma's Kite:

Videos for beginning (and lasting) technique
~ ~ ~ ~ (and some fun violin sound effects)
Pencil exercises, set one
for bow hold
Pencil exercises, set two for bow hold
One Little Elephant (left finger strength and flexibility)
Left hand number card "pick up" game
"Home built" violins and ways to use them in group sessions
Reading readiness game "Who Ran Away?"

Reading readiness game "Rhythm Flash "
"Reading Readiness in Music
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Supplementary Music and Midis

Twinkle Rag – a twinkle variation with a new twist on half of the rhythm in Variations A and D. Same four sixteenth notes in a ragtime setting

Daisy Daisy uses a three four twist on "Mississippi without the hot dog." The whole accompaniment is open D and G. The song and bass line can be played as a violin / 'cello duet or on the piano.

For more information on the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center Suzuki program, see Monroe Street Fine Arts Center, http://www.msfac.org/ or email grandma@grandmaskite.com.

For more information on Middleton School of Performing Arts, see http://msopa.net or email grandma@grandmaskite.com.

 
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