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Samuel L Boogie
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A really simple question this one. When you play scales, what do you actually play? Do you start a G and play up to D then up the D string to A and so on? do you play up and down each string one at a time? Does it matter?

Should you do both?

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Scales are generally found in 2 or 3 octave "flavors". 

One might start on a G and play 2 or 3 octaves up and then back down.

Other scales would start on whatever note(scale) is desired.

There are no hard, fast, rules and there are several variations.

The 2 octave scales mostly avoid using 3rd position.

FM has a dandy chromatic exercise on the G string in his videos.

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PS  1 octave scales are also OK to begin with and valuable for regular playing.

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Do you think you could translate that into fingers on a violin? For stupid people.

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Try this:

http://mrfiddle.tripod.com/scales.html

You should find 2 octave scales with fingers.

The notation "low" means a half step like E to F or B to C.

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Thanks Oliver,

 

So a two octave scale is just playing from open G across the strings and back as I thought.

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You end up playing 3 different G's Sam. Start on an open G for example play the scale up to the 3rd finger G on the D string, continue up to the 2nd finger on the E string then back down again.
I recorded a three octave C scale on Violaman.com
It's very similar to the G scale on violin as far as fingering goes. However I continue with two shifts to play the three octaves. I think you will get the idea though.

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I am working on a Wohlfahrt study , it is asking for Legato strokes throughout-Modrato U.H. Can anyone help me with definition of these  instructions? surprised

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It's calling for you to play long Legato (connected) strokes at a moderate tempo = moderately (108–120 bpm) not too fast, using the whole upper half of the bow.

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Thanks Pierre, Found this Wohlfahrt book at the second hand book store.

42 studies for violin . Gonna try to go all the way through it . violin-student

 Breaks down studies into sections. First five,  studies in third position.  Second section, ten studies in first and third position.  And so on and so on. Progresivily harder . 

Thought it was a good find at a second hand store.

cheers  Gave six dollars for it.  exactly

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