Rhythm Patterns in 3-8ve Scales

Rhythm Patterns in 3-8ve Scales

Here Justine plays the A major scale in 3 octaves with the following patterns:

2x6, 2x4, 1x3, 1x2, 1x3, 2x4, 2x6

Galamian's scale system has many rhythmic and bowing patterns to challenge the mind and fingers in practice. It is also good to invent your own rhythmic patterns, which could be from your current repertoire. For effective scale practice, be sure to vary the bowings as well.

Play this scale rhythm exercise with the metronome at a moderate tempo to maintain a steady pulse during changing groups. Beat = 50 is recommended.

Developing the sense of inner pulse is vital in playing and it is good to try the same pattern firstly with the metronome and then without. This is also a useful exercise for group practice sessions.


Scales & Arpeggios - Introduction
Resources - Bibliography
- for Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching by Galamian Ch.4
- and Indirect Procedures and Integrated Practice by de Alcantara
Scores - Rhythm Patterns in 3-8ve Scales - violin & viola
Coordination & Practice

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