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Exercises for Beginners Class 
aural exercise - recording visual aid - fiddle tab visual aid - music notation

It is essential to listen to the recording of the tune and sing along to it.

You must be able to sing each exercise phrase before trying to play it.

Try to sing the tune out loud or in your head as you play it, as it will help you find the right notes.

 

Wednesday 5th January 2022 - G major scale, G major arpeggio, D major arpeggio
1   2 3
Wednesday 12th January 2022 - further exercises using the tune Navvy on the Line - combining G major scale and G and D major arpeggios
4 5 6

7 8 9
Wednesday 16th February 2022 - we started looking in more detail at the jig rhythm.  These are the exercises to practice for Wednesday 23rd February and 2nd March.

Jig Bowing

Count 1 2 3, 1 2 3.  In jig rhythm each 1 beat note is a “quaver”. 

 

The emphasis comes on 1 and 3 so when the tune is played you predominantly hear 3 1 - 3 1 - 3 1   

It is easier to hear this when the tune is being played more quickly.  As you progress and play more quickly, you will shorten length you draw the bow substantially.

Bowing exercise 1 - For 6 notes the same length - i.e. 6 quavers

First 3 quavers:

1st quaver. Start at middle of the bow.  Draw bow to near the tip. i.e a long strong bow down

2nd quaver - minimal downward pressure on bow - direct the bow a short way up

3rd quaver - more downward pressure on a short length the bow to create a strong note down

Second 3 notes. 

1st quaver.  You are now near the tip of the bow.  You need a long strong bow.  This will be an up bow which will bring you back to the middle of the bow.

2nd quaver - minimal downward pressure on bow a short distance down

3rd quaver - more downward pressure on the bow to create a strong note up

Repeat

long down 1, short up 2, short down 3,

long up 1, short down 2, short up 3,

long down 1, short up 2, short down 3,

long up 1, short down 2, short up 3 etc.

Exercise 1 start on the first finger on the D string (the other note is the 3rd finger that note is G)

Exercise 2 1st 3 notes of the Plane Tree starts 1st finger on D string

Bowing exercise 2 - For 3 quavers and then one longer note that last the same length as 3 quavers together:

Start at middle of the bow play the 1 2 3 as above.  The long note will bring you back to the middle of the bow.    Notice the speed of the bow to get back to the middle of the bow.

Exercise 3 open A string  Do this exercise starting on both a down bow and an up bow.

Exercise 4 using one bar in the 2nd half of Plane Tree - starts 3rd finger on A string

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 -  jig rhythm.  These are the exercises to practice for Wednesday 10th March.
Exercise 1 - using the technique described above and as practiced in the group.

  start on a down bow drawn from the middle of the bow

Exercise 2 - the same rhythm using the first notes of the Plane Tree

Fiddle tab showing up and down bowing for Maggie in the Woods - an Irish Polka

Learn by heart where 2 notes E are on the violin (first finger on D string and open E string)