February 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM
As you can see, here's my instruction sheet from my last lesson. It's littered with points of caution-- relax the fingers for a solid wrist vibrato; use force of the arm for legato. Above all, practice often and with a mirror.
The most frustrating exercises are double stop scales. I get lost in the upper half of the violin and fail to know the difference between half and whole steps. Announcing the notes out-loud while I play them has helped, and I will soon employ the 4th finger in this double-stop climbing adventure.
I recommend playing double-stops memorized in every scale, and to not play them too much. Much more enjoyable.
Additional Sources: Carl Flesch "Scale System"
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