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Violin Lessons: Hail to the Chief

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In Hail to the Chief,
we're looking for the snappiest,
the tightest possible dotted rhythms.
So this is a real military march.
And so when I say a tight rhythms, I mean
that the quick note, the 16th
note should be as fast as possible as
close to the next note as possible.
So there's a tiny little stop right before
the quick note and to articulate the quick
it's the same thought, the same motion as
the colle stroke.
So, it starts with the setting of the bow,
which happens after the stop.
Then it's that finger articulation
that gets out the small note.
So that's the same, whether it's up bow or
down bow and that's how you get the really
snappy rhythm.
It's also that little space, the stop
before the quick note is also very
useful for making a shift, because it's a
moment of silence or a string crossing.
So for example, if you look at the third
bar of A.
I do both of these things during the space
before the quick note.
No one will notice the string crossing,
because you're doing it just before the
quick note.
Same with that shift.
That's a great place for a shift, because
you make it during the stop.
A little bow circle right there
at B to get yourself back to the frog.
This stroke, by the way, tends to be
easier a little lower in the bow.
You get that natural weight of the hand
helping out the articulation.
But sometimes, you'll certainly need to do
it near the tip.
And there, it's the same,
same idea as the colle.
If you look at letter C, there you go into
second position.
The even positions from here to the end
are the most convenient ones to,
to close this out.
And there, even though you're not going to
be playing a first finger for a while, you
still shift on the first finger,
because that's the last one you had down.
So that's your guide finger.
So you keep the one down and
that provides your frame,
your base of intonation there.
Go back down to second position at D and
then three after D,
you reach into third and then you stay
And then the hand catches up.
And I like a little bow circle at the end.
Just so that I can be closer to the frog
for even more articulation,
the last 16th note there to really punch
that out.