Violin Open Strings Exercises

By , 4 October 2014

Violin Open Strings Exercises

I've started learning the violin. It's something I always told myself I'd do 'later' (which is a pretty bad way to learn something new). So yeh... I just went to the shop, bought the stupid thing and started.

I found a good set of violin tutorials by Alison Sparrow on YouTube and have written down the first set of drills for you from tutorial 5 (I just prefer my notation to sheet music). There are six exercises and I use an image to remember each one as you'll see below. Firstly, here is the original tutorial:

Violin Open Strings Exercises

And my transcription with G=1. Should be pretty self explanatory if you watch the video.

1. The Crawl

  • 1 1 5 5 : 2́ 2́ 6́ 6́
  • 2́ 2́ 5 5 : 2́ 2́ 5 5

2. Baby Steps

  • 1 1 5 ~ : 2́ 2́ 5 ~
  • 2́ 2́ 6́ 6́ : 2́ 5 1 ~

3. The First Fall

  • 11 11 5  5  : 6́6́ 6́6́ 2́  ~
  • 55 55 2́  2́  : 5  5  1  ~

4. Lefts and Rights

  • 15 55 2́5 55 : 6́6́ 6́6́ 2́  2́
  • 2́2́ 2́2́ 6́  6́  : 2́5 55 2́  ~

5. Downs and Ups

  • 6́6́ 2́2́ 55 2́  : 55 11 55 2́
  • 6́  2́  5  1  : 5  5  2́  ~

6. Ups and Downs

  • 15 2́6́ 6́2́ 51 : 15 2́6́ 6́2́ 51
  • 55 2́2́ 6́6́ 2́

Here is my progress video FWIW (feedback welcome):

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Violin Open Strings Exercises

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