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Don’t rush this step – previous skills must be physically well set and continually reviewed to ensure success.

Once the students are comfortable with the instrument set-up and bow position, it is time to put both together.  Don’t rush the preparation of the left and right hands, and continue to work on proper instrument placement and bow hold separately for a portion of each class. This will foster the building of a solid foundation that encourages free and open motions with a beautiful tone.

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Instrument and Bow Together


Silent String Crossings, Martelé with DAD, CGC-GDG-DAD-AEA and DAD with the Bow




DAD with the Bow

Violin / Viola
Cello / Double Bass
  • Play in the UH of the bow
  • Play between Tapes 1 and 3

The first piece that the children play with the bow is DAD.  All instruments play with a short, articulated martele stroke. 

The violins and violas begin all bow motions from the middle (Tape 2) using the upper half of the bow. Silent String Crossings are introduced at the middle and tip of the bow. Without making a sound, students rock the bow over the four strings using the right arm from the ball and socket joint. Also, practice rocking the bow between the D and A strings. Rests are played by tapping the right foot for the upper strings and double bassists, and by tapping the left thigh with the left hand for cellists.

The cellos and double bassists play from Tape 1 to Tape 3 on the bow. Silent String Crossings are introduced at Tape 1 and Tape 3 of the bow. Roll the bow over all the strings using the right arm from the ball and socket joint.  

Playing DAD with the bow, the students stop at the end of each note, change strings rocking the bow silently to the new string before playing the new note.  Do not let the bow leave the string during the rests.  DAD will be played with a repeat, and again no lifting of the bow at the repeat.  (Score - Coming Soon!)

Pizzicato CGC-GDG-DAD-AEA and DAD with the Bow
All students now play the left hand pizzicato sequence, followed by the bowed version of DAD.

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