Audition Scales

September 22, 2005 at 11:39 PM · I am getting ready to audition for conservatories and I am wondering what system of 3-octave scales (major/minor) and arpeggios to play. I realize that there are popular systems such as Flesch, which I play, but it isn't continuous. Do I make it continuous, or what? There is a continous system by Hrimaly that I am considering using; would this be a bad choice? Any advice on which system to use, or how to make a non-continuous system continuous, or how many arpeggios I am supposed to play, or what kind of minor scales I am supposed to play, anything of that nature would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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September 23, 2005 at 01:33 AM · Hey, i'm also about to audition for conservatories. Usually minor scales are melodic...well i had juries for violin in my high school and it was similar - they asked for 3 octaves major/minor scales and arpeggios. I used Hrimaly's scales/arpeggios back then..and i'll probably end up using them again..but dont worry because you're probably in very good shape since you play flech scales

September 23, 2005 at 07:07 PM · Generally they ask for melodic minor, if at all. I auditioned at many of the conservatories and not a single one asked me for my scales. Not to say that they are not important and that they won't ask for them, but for the most part you won't find them too much. As long as you know them very well, you'll be fine. You don't need to play them terribly fast- once you get to college they will most likely teach you scales as they would like to.

September 24, 2005 at 04:28 PM · Hi,

As a violin professor, here is what I require if it helps (and practice myself). Major and minor scales (harmonic minor and melodic minor) in 3 octaves - I use the Galamian Scales with the acceleration exercise. Then the Flesch system arpeggios, the broken thirds and chromatic scales. For double-stops - thirds, sixths, octaves, fingered octaves and tenths in normal regular two octave scales. I ask here only the major and melodic minor forms, though there is no harm in practice also harmonic minor double-stop scales.

I think that covering this should give you a thorough enough background and is traditional and comprehensive enough to fulfill the requirements of most professors, though there are some out there who require, though not at the audition, that the complete Flesch scale system be known.

At an audition they will not hear a whole system. They may ask for a specific key of something specific or let you pick the key. Depends on who and where. Sometimes, they may not hear a scale at all.

Best of luck and Cheers!

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