A Major Scale

Free Sheet Music - A Major Scale Easy Beginner PDF

A Major scale is one of the simplest scales for beginners to learn. On the A and E string it follows the same finger pattern as your finger tapes.

Getting Started

I recommend plucking the notes before using your bow so you can practice putting your fingers down in the right spot without the distraction of the bow. 

Start by plucking the notes to make sure you know what notes to play. 

Then practice playing with the bow. 

 

 

Playing With Out Tension 

When we were kids we learned to hold objects with a significant amount of grip strengthin order to not drop them. This is important for everyday life, but as aviolinist using this amount of grip does not allow you to make a good sound onthe violin. Our brains are trained to always hold things with this same grip,so we must retrain our brain to use less tension. 

Begin by holding your violin up, making sure you have a straight wrist and that yourthumb is in between the two finger tapes. Focus all of your energy intorelaxing all of the muscles in your left hand. Take a deep breath in and exhale.As you exhale, focus on relaxing every muscle in your hand. Repeat 3 or moretimes until you feel the tension in your muscles relax. Next, check to makesure all of your muscles truly are relaxed. Lift your left thumb off of theinstrument and turn it in a circular motion. You can tell if there is tensionin your hand because it will be very difficult for your hand to turn.

Legato Bowing

Legato is a type of bowing that is long and smooth. In order to play with Legato bowing, we need to use the whole bow starting from the frog and going all the way to the tip of the bow. In order to play smoothly, we need to concentrate on playing with a relaxed bow arm and wrist. 

All bows are the same size, but each of us have different arm lengths. The ideal bow stroke has the musician ending at the place in the bow where our arm is extended out fully with the bow straight and perpendicular to the strings. If you pull the bow too far for your arm length, then you will wind up with a crooked bow stroke. 

Rhythm and Slurs

Now Practice the rhythm and then combine it with the slurred notes.