Left Hand Ready

Left Hand Ready

Notice how the left hand uses the gap between each unit to prepare the next note - that is, the left finger moves into place before the bow plays.

As well as practising a scale with the small note down-bow and the long note up-bow, play the scale with units of up-bow, down-bow, as shown here.

Most students find that hook stroke with the small note as a down-bow is the easier one to begin with. However, also practise with the reverse bowing.

Make sure that the small note is short and energetic enough to make the longer note speak clearly.


- Ab Major Scale
- Hook Stroke - violin & viola

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