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Why Play scales?
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Fort Lauderdale
March 16, 2011 - 8:10 am
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Why do we play scales?
One reason is to warm up. Playing scales nice and slow, even painfully so, to the point where getting a good sound is next to impossible, is great practice and warm up.
We need to warm up both the right and left hand.  Play scales at the frog of the bow, not using more than 5-6 inches for smooth bow changes.  Also,  play long full strokes to get used to using the whole bow. Play scales both separate and slurred.  Slur eighth notes, triplets,  sixteenths and using different articulations.  Practice the most difficult strokes while still maintaining concentration on intonation and sound production for each and every tone.
Another reason to play scales is to establish finger patterns for every key signature so that the fingers come down in the right place for the right key automatically. Playing scales in every key signature helps us play in all keys with little thought. Music consists mostly of scales and arpeggios.  Try to perfect your scales as much as possible and to memorize what your hand feels like with the position of each and every finger on all four strings. Eventually these finger patterns will come by themselves though the work towards perfection is forever. Use your warm up time for relaxed enjoyable and calm playing. Don't be in a hurry to speed up tempos. The opportunity to play fast will come and also perfection after having devoted quality time to your scales.

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June 30, 2011 - 3:49 am
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I think this is one of the best threads that I found on this forum so far. I want to learn the violin quick and have been playing long hours everyday but the way I'm practicing is really slow in a good way. Really want to understand my scales and different fingering patterns. I spend a lot of time doing just that, holding the violin like a guitar and plucking the strings to understand all the different scale patterns on the violin. I'm not sure if that is a good thing to do for brand new musicians but I have a long history on other instruments and I need to transpose I guess you could say in a way that I'm familiar with.


And that bow! That's so important to get the beautiful sound of a violin. It's the main point of the violin family of instruments for sound. Many hours I have been doing just Bowing things on the open strings and understanding 4 main arm positions for the 4 strings. Now I'm getting 3 more pretty good arm positions in between those for playing 2 strings at a time. I thought tremolo or vibrato style would come pretty easy for me on violin because I do that all the time on guitar but with a bow in the right hand....changes things! Still lovin' the violin Fiddlerman! oh, and fiddlerman I'm using a foam padding insert from one of my rollerblade helmets that I cut up and using a rubberband to hold it in place. It works great. I did go to a music shop on Monday and tried 3 (that's all they had) shoulder pads but didn't feel as good as just holding the violin without one on my shoulder. They have different chin rests too but nobody with violin experience there at the time to change them. I booked a lesson with a teacher for holding the violin for next Wed.

Fort Lauderdale
June 30, 2011 - 8:08 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 13281

Good to hear your diligence in learning slow and right. Good luck with that first lesson. I would very much like to hear what the teacher has to say.1st-place

PS. I love using my inlines too. We have a lot in common.afro

I should just learn to use protection.....dazed

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