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Regular, daily scale practice is recommended.. For efficient use of practice time, it is possible to divide up the scale routine over the week. Alternate the materials over a few days to be able to cover all the materials by the end of the week. For example, one day the student may be able to cover the scale and arpeggios, and the next day the broken thirds, chromatics and double stops.

Add thirds, sixths, octaves, fingered octaves and tenths gradually to the mix. 

At the point when three octave scales are facile and have become somewhat routine, add four octave scales. [See Scale Link]


String players play in many different situations requiring different tunings and temperaments. Playing with a piano, playing in a string quartet, orchestral playing, solo playing, and unaccompanied solo playing require a heightened awareness of the subtleties of pitch, harmony, and tonality. Be sure to introduce students to these subtleties in the course of their development, indeed as soon as possible.

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