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Violin Lessons: Colonel Bogey March

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Here in the Colonel Bogie March we have a,
a much longer song than most of the others
we've been doing.
And so, it's a great chance to consolidate
a number of the things we've learned so
The biggest challenge here besides just
keeping this all in the head and
in the hands is differentiating between
the different kinds of eighth notes.
You're gonna have long eighth notes and
short eighth notes.
Ones that come from the string, [SOUND]
ones that bounce without sitting in
You can review Jingle Bells, if need be.
You're also gonna have to count a lot more
rests than you have so far.
And, you can test your counting by playing
with the,
the backing track, just to see if you're
really in tempo.
A lot of rests in this march.
And so, you keep those eighth notes going.
You think to yourself.
That's how I count rests.
I keep the small notes going in my head.
There are also a variety of dynamics in
this one.
And, remember the easiest way to
differentiate dynamics
on the violin is with your amount of bow.
So, we'll be looking at that, get some
practice in third position.
And finally,
as one overall thought for working on this
one and performing this one.
You set the bow when you have time to set
the bow.
And it's great playing a piece like this
when you haven't formed bad habits yet.
It's great to get into the good habit of
setting the bow on the string when you
have a chance because then, the
articulation is gonna be nice and
You don't have to worry about from how far
off the string you may be coming.
So, the very opening of this one
starting in the second bar of A, those
eighth notes are off the string, staccato.
Starting from the string, of course.
Here at B, since I
had time, I set the bow.
[SOUND] I've got long, short.
Now, at the end of the half note,
I keep the bow right where it was.
And, I just articulate slightly that long
eighth note, but I don't pick the bow up
because there's not really time.
And, since this is piano so far, I'm using
just a little bow.
As you look ahead, you'll see
the dynamic starts getting louder and
So for each dynamic, I have a different
amount of bow I'm gonna use.
If you play golf, it's sorta like the size
of your backswing, you know?
You, that's what makes the short game a
lot easier.
You got a short shot, short back swing and
short follow through, in the same idea
You crescendo into letter D, so you've got
a little more bow to letter E and
to letter F, same things there.
Now at G, this is the, in the second bar
of G,
an instance where you reach into fourth
position and then you stay there.
And then,
the hand catches up to stay in fourth
And now, the big section from H until K,
all of this is on the string so that makes
it quite easy.
You're just deciding how much you're going
to articulate.
Really snappy, dotted rhythms just
like another march we've done,
Hail to the Chief, that same idea there.
And now, when you get into, back into K
it's a sudden dynamic shift back to piano,
and so the note leading you into K,
that's, I play a harmonic.
So, just lay the fourth finger
down right there on the harmonic.
And then, it's back to small amount of bow
for K.
L, diminuendo into L, so that L can be
little pianissimo section at the tip.
A sudden change up to the mezzo forte
a few bars later, and finally you can end
And, unlike the other eighth notes with
dots, these ones at the end since they're
fortissimo, I'm gonna keep them on the
string and use a lot of bow.
So, it's a big martele stroke.
a nice quick four note
flourish at the end.