Hi friends! We’re back with some more songs for you to play! We’re going to expand upon what we have already done and make things just a bit more challenging. Remember that this is just the beginning and we want to continue to practice this material until we have established sufficient muscle memory for our fingers and where to place them on the violin. We’re going to end this article with something very special. A scale!
So sit back, practice, and enjoy working on these new songs!
This song is the next one to combine both strings. Once again, we find ourselves changing strings and jumping around a bit. This means that we need to be ready to change the level of our elbow on our bowing arm. Start this one out slowly so that you can really get that muscle memory going.
You’ll notice that things aren’t always linear from here on. I’ve started including some things called arpeggios in these songs. We aren’t going to discuss them just yet, but we will soon. For now, enjoy the melody they make.
Hop, Skip, Jump
Now we’re kicking things up a notch. In this song, we find ourselves jumping even more. This is as much of a bowing exercise as it is a finger exercise. Make sure that you are playing the right notes, but also make sure that you are focusing on your elbow and bow arm at the same time.
Once again, I’ve included some arpeggios. You’ll find lots of arpeggios in the songs that you play from day to day.
One Fine Day
In this song, I’m preparing you for the full D Major scale. This one doesn’t jump around quite as much. You’ll find it a bit less challenging. However, it allows you to practice the D Major scale without actually practicing the D Major scale. The reason for this is because we don’t always play straight scaler runs in our songs.
D Major Scale Up and Down
The major scale in general is a great tool for our learning. We don’t always play straight major scale runs, but when we do, we will be ready for them. That’s the reason I want you to practice scales.
Additionally, scales help us to understand music theory. We are going to use the D major scale to help us understand more about sheet music, music theory and reading music. For now, don’t worry about all these concepts. Just practice this scale and memorize it. Work on playing it slowly, then as fast as you can.
Work on these songs and exercises. Make sure you work on your fingers, finger order, and bowing first. Do it slowly. Once you have that worked out, you can pick up the pace. Follow along with the video provided as well. Watch it first, then practice by yourself. Once you feel confident with the songs, you can play them with the video.
There’s also a great speed function on youtube where you can speed up the video or slow it down. Take full advantage of this as well. I hope this helps everyone!