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katie m

March 24, 2021 - 2:52 pm
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I have bought the schradieck book one and I’m after any advice on how on earth do I do this? It’s a bit intimidating ( I know it’s my choice) all those notes! So does anyone have any suggestions on how I go about practicing? Obviously I’m talking beginner. I’m thinking I can maybe do 8 notes per bow but all the groups are different. Do I just pick two groups of four and keep playing over and over again?

Any suggestions  would be amazing ! 



March 24, 2021 - 3:40 pm
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@katie m -

There's a lot of help on YouTube for this book. 

Matthew Zerweck has at least 17 good videos (that I counted) to help you with these exercises in Book 1. 

Start here.


katie m

March 25, 2021 - 3:13 pm
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Thanks Emily, really helpful !!

Gordon Shumway
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March 26, 2021 - 12:00 pm
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Just do 4 notes per bow to begin with, if you want. Legato is not as easy on the right hand as it seems. Also the bow change after every 4 notes will give you a chance to accent the first note of each group of 4 and keep it firmed up. The main thing is to get good strong rhythm in the left hand. Then the bowing can be worked on until you can play a whole line with one bow.


katie m

March 26, 2021 - 4:40 pm
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Thanks Gordon , that’s really helpful ! 

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May 23, 2021 - 4:26 pm
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Baby steps Katie. Just play them real slowly and work your speed up over time. Remember that these exercises are for you and your development. No one has to hear them. Use them to improve regardless of how little you can utilize them for now. Also, check out some easier etudes as well.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."


May 24, 2021 - 9:30 am
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@katie m As FM says, slow and easy. Beware of tension (experience talking!).

When I want to practice etudes for specific improvement, I like to go to Kayser's Op 20 (36 Violin Studies). They are nicely musical, progressive and cover most bowing and fingering issues, just not as concentrated as Schradieck, but more fun to play (for me).


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