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Practice Schedules
My advice for your daily practice schedule
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May 24, 2017 - 8:03 pm
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Hello :) I'm fairly new to these forums and still getting used to the feel.

To start off, this is my suggestions for your perfect practice session and general warmup. I always suggest warming up off stage before any performance. 


i classify beginners as those who work only in 1st position. You use very little bow technique, dynamics, and little to no vibrato.

warmup 1: Moto perpetual. Yes yes I know. Advanced piece. For beginners I suggest that you go at whatever pace you can quickly hit the notes in the first few measures.

warmup 2: Scales. For beginner do a one octave D Minor, 1 octave D Major, 2 octave G Major, 1 octave C Major.

warmup 3: bow technique. Pick a scale, and do it whilst ensuring your bow is not over the fingerboard.

Intermediary players:

i classify intermediate players as those who can play in 1st, 3rd, and 5th positions, high level bow technique (you can do techniques such as spiccato and martele). You can vibrato.

warmup 1: Moto Perpetual. Go up to the first repeat and stop. Try to do the spiccato if you can. 

Warmup 2: do various scales with vibrato. Do allegro with vibrato in every note, and do andante with slow vibrato. 

Warmup 3: play a beginner piece, but break off and improvise.


i classify advanced players as those who are not limited by shifting, vibrato variously, accentuate dynamics, and play well in tune.

warmup 1: Moto Perpetual with LOTS of expression

warmup 2: G Minor 3 octave G string, D Minor 3 octave D string, A major 3 octave A string, E major 3 octave E string. This requires very heavy shifting but yields great results.

warmup 3: 5 octave G melodic minor scale with full bows, vibrato, and expression 


i consider a professional someone who is mastered in the majority of techniques.

warmup 1: repeat warmup 3 from advanced 

warmup 2: begin improvising 

warmup 3: artifical harmonic excercises

Warmup 4: write a cadenza for beginner pieces. Stay true to the original chords and work. Be creative. (Suggested for soloists)

I'll be glad to answer any and all questions

Fort Lauderdale
May 25, 2017 - 2:41 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 16063

Moto perpetual by Paganini?
I believe it may be too difficult for beginners. :)

Thanks for the tips

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but the one who needs the least."

May 25, 2017 - 3:44 pm
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@Fiddlerman I agree, although I still use it with my students who are doing well for beginners (obviously not an etude for those on one string!), I recommend it just because it has the feel of scales while also adding accidentals. I have my students ignore the expression, tempo, harder measures, and just water it down to the notes played as half or whole in a tempo of about 70bpm. This goes on for about 10 measures, and I find that if you speed it up every week, it's a fairly easy way to get students to play scales with accidentals fairly quickly with great intonation. This usually goes on for a month, and at the end of the month they are playing the first 10ish measures at a normal tempo with 2-4 notes to a bow.

sounds like a bad idea, but I find it really works

Fort Lauderdale
May 26, 2017 - 8:29 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 16063

Good to hear. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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