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• • • •Activities
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The Back Room
by Karen Zethmayr
Bowing Without a Bow, Set Two
( click here for set one)
You can do these exercises
with no violin in sight, to get used to steering the bow by sensing where
your fingers and the bow are, not by squeezing.
Remember the points of contact: a slanted line from the tip of the pinky
to the middle knuckle of the index finger.
If you have a "banana thumb"
instead of a "mountain thumb,"
the beginner set with or without the eraser.
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
Don't try to do this exercise fast or to move more than a
half inch. The idea is to loosen the fingers and make them springy.
When your fingers get used to an easy springiness, and you can do the
motion in mid air, your knuckles will look alternately like mountains
and flat land, as above. Take a break; shake out your hands, massage your fingers.
Now think again about how you're holding the bow.
Everything looks nice and round, right? The bow is nestled into just the
right creases in your fingers and not clutched in a death grip?
Good. (If not, check out
Now you're ready to let go with one finger.
What? Let go? Go ahead, try it. It's only a pencil.
And keep going, letting go
until you get to the thumb.
Then let go with the thumb.
You can do it if you're still holding the bow gently. If you squeeze,
none of this will work.
If you're guiding the bow instead of clutching
it, you should be able to turn your hand over with your thumb still away
from the stick.
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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.
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