Prerequisites

  • An ability to adjust intonation with specific accuracy.
  • A comfortable ability to shift to 3rd position with accurate intonation (violin & viola), 1st through 4th position (cello), and half through 4th position (bass).
  • A degree of familiarity with higher positions.
  • An ability to perform the D, G and C major scales in three octaves with accuracy of intonation.
  • An ability to maintain a consistent inner pulse.
  • Increased dynamic dimension with nuanced dynamics to include p, mp, mf and f.
  • An ability to change tonal color.
  • An ability to blend with others.
  • An understanding of rhythms including whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, dotted eighth and sixteenth notes and rests; syncopated and triplet figures; 6/8 meter.
  • An ability to perform varied bow strokes:
                       détaché
                       staccato
                       legato
                       spiccato