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Playing D and G strings
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ilkkk
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Hi everyone!

I am playing violin for a year and I just practiced with suzuki. I almost finished second book but before starting the new book I realized my D string playing is So weak. I am not even mentioning G;_;

Suzuki is generally focusing on other strings So is there any pieces with lots of D and G strings that you recommend to play ? 

That would be amazing. Thanks in advanced ^-^

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I'm sorry no one has answered your question.  I think the problem is that there may not be very many people using the Suzuki books.  That's my case for sure. I would suggest that you click on the Sheet Music tab at the top of this page and click the "Beginner to Intermediate ..." and "Free Violin Studies..." topics.  I think you should be able to find what you're looking for there. 

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ILKKK, 

I'm at work taking a break, tommorow I'll look and see if I can find something that might interest you. Could try transposing the tunes you do know and play them on the D and G string good practice to take tunes you know and play them in different keys.

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Thanks @Uzi I will check that section. ^-^

And @Mark that's a great idea! It would be fun and also difficult .p thank you ^-^

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Curious. I don't know what that says about Suzuki.

By coincidence, last night I printed out @Fiddlerman 's dexterity exercise for the G string, intending to transpose it up to the other 3, but after playing it all on the G string, my wrist ached! (makes me wonder how good I'd be with a 5-string)

Some basic studies like Dancla usually have sufficient exercises like legato bowing between G and D strings (from memory)

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I would use and practice all fingering exercises evenly on all 4 strings.  It is important to build your dexterity evenly.  

Also, if you are able to take lessons, an instructor should give you exercises to work on all 4 strings.  

Suzuki is a good system to learn and does have its benefits.  But if you feel you are lacking or weak in any area you do not have to rely on any one resource to learn from. There are many online resources as well.  

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Andrew Fryer said
Curious. I don't know what that says about Suzuki.

Andrew, Suzuki is a very strict method of teaching/learning that does not take into account any individual's preferences.  You MUST learn A before you can learn B even if you really want to learn X.  So, someone saying they are finishing book 2 lets others familiar with Suzuki know what stage they are in their training. 

 

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October 26, 2018 - 3:11 pm
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I would definitely focus on D major scales on the D string and you can also play any exercise which is specifically on any string and do that exercise on the D.
Chances are that your biggest problem is the reach. I would also suggest that you try to come around the instrument and press your fingers down just slightly more for a better tone.
Have you ever tested any other violins? Just in case it's the instrument.

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Fiddlerman said
I would definitely focus on D major scales on the D string

Do you mean do a whole octave on one string?

I've watched you do this in videos, and I think I noticed (it was a while ago) that instead of shifting to 4th position, you shift to 5th, is that right? I was wondering why.

Segovia liked his scales to end neatly on the pinky, but perhaps you prefer to end on the stronger ring finger?

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Not necessarily. Just open strings and the four fingers up and down. 5 notes on each string. A little bit the way I do demos in the beginning for fiddlershop customers.

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