D Major Scale

One Octave

How to Play The D Major Scale

D Major Scale Staccato and Slur Two 

D Major Scale with Staccato Bowing

D Major Scale with Rhythm

D Major Scale 

D MAJOR PRACTICESHEET

The D Major scale is one of the easiest scales to learn to play in one octave. Ithas two sharps F# and C# and has this key signature:

Staccato Bowing

Staccato bowing is the exact opposite of Legato bowing. A legatobow stroke is long and smooth and connected. A staccato bow stroke is short and disconnected. Be careful as you play staccato bowing because it needs tosound short and disconnected, but you don't want it to sound too harsh orscratchy. When playing staccato it appears that you are just stopping yourbow and then playing the next note; however, this will just create a scratchysound. Rather, when you stop the bow, lift your bow slightly off the stringeach and every time to play a staccato bow stroke. Think about it as if you are drawing a smile on a smileyface with your bow every time you make a bow stroke, so at the end of eachstroke, you're lifting your bow off the string. As you play, concentrate on lifting the bow at each side of bowstroke creating a smooth bow sound in the middle. This will produce thehammered sound you want at each end. If you try too hard to hammer the sound,it will create a choppy and unpleasant sound. Staccato is bestplayed in the middle of the bow, but sometimes music asks us to play on otherparts of the bow.

Slur Two Notes with Staccato Style Bowing

A slur is when you combine two or more notes into the same bow stroke.  In order to combine the two, we do a short staccato bow stroke stop in the middle of the bow then continue with another short staccato bow stroke to complete the sound. It's the same as slurring two notes; you're just adding the staccato stop in-between the notes. After each stop,  lift your bow the same way you would do a staccato bow stroke with separate bows, but instead you just continue on down the bow.

D Major Scale with Rhythm

We are going tolearn to play the D Major Scale using the Following Rhythm:

Long Short Short. 

Playingthis kind of rhythm is more an exercise of bow control than it is about rhythm.If you use your bow correctly, then you will be able to play the rhythm. For the first note, you want to start at the frog and go all the way to the tip of thebow, making sure not to stop short of the tip of the bow. 

For thefirst short bow stroke, go to just before the half way point of the bow.For thesecond bow stoke, it's important to make it back to the top of the bow;otherwise, in each and every bow stroke, you will quickly run out of bow,making it impossible to play this rhythm correctly. As you go back down to the frog with the next bow stroke, make sure to follow the samerule so your bow makes it all the way back to the frog. The easiest way to practice this rhythm and bow stroke is to add in a bow style.The long bow should be played legato (or smooth) then the two short notesshould be played staccato (or short and hammered). When you feel you have learned the rhythm, make sure to practice it using the oppositerhythm so you learn to play all the notes quickly. 

Slur Two Notes with Staccato Style Bowing

A slur is when you combine two or more notes into the same bow stroke.  In order to combine the two, we do a short staccato bow stroke stop in the middle of the bow then continue with another short staccato bow stroke to complete the sound. It's the same as slurring two notes; you're just adding the staccato stop in-between the notes. After each stop,  lift your bow the same way you would do a staccato bow stroke with separate bows, but instead you just continue on down the bow.