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Violin Lessons: Home on the Range

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Home on the Range in my version is
a vehicle for double stops,
which are of course essential components
of so
much beautiful and virtuosic violin
So this is a slow tune, a simple tune and
the double stops here just give some
So it's going to be important to keep a
beautiful sound over the two strings.
That means that the two strings should be
well balanced and
the hands should be free and alive, free
to vibrate.
So we'll see a few different kinds of
double stops,
a few different flavors here.
The opening is gonna be simple, no, no
difficulties there.
Beautiful with,
some nice phrasing.
Now at letter B we get our first double
stops and they're gonna be thirds.
Thirds are, thirds and octaves are the
most essential double stops to practice if
you're going to put them in scales.
For example, and so it would be a good
idea to get familiar with some,
some simple scales in thirds, perhaps
before playing this piece.
And when you practice the thirds you can
practice them both with and
without vibrato.
Here, [COUGH] I'll be vibrating them since
they're part of the tune.
So as always, you want to reach
back with the lower fingers rather than
reaching forward with the upper fingers.
That, that wrong way would look like
[SOUND] my four's all flattened out.
And instead you want the four looking nice
and curved and natural.
The two in one
reach back
Now, two before letter D, we've got some
sixth and
sixth can be difficult because you'd need
to replace fingers often.
[COUGH] I'm sorry [COUGH] I'll do a pick
up with two before D.
Can I do that, with this?
>> Yeah that's fine, that's a perfect
place to pick up.
>> Now two before D, we have some sixths
sixths can be difficult because you need
to replace fingers.
Just because of the way they, they lay out
if you are doing a straight scale in
You can see with each change of note
I have to move a finger over a string.
So sometimes you don't wanna do that then
you just keep the same fingers down.
So when you're playing sixths,
it's good to kind of alternate between
those two.
Sometimes it's fine to have a clean change
and move a finger over and
sometimes you want to keep the same ones
down and make it a little more expressive.
At letter E we've got octaves.
Octaves, like I said are a great interval
to practice for so many reasons.
Number one because they appear in pieces,
you have to play octaves but
also because practicing octaves is great
for your overall frame.
The frame is based on one to four, an
octave between one and four and so
when you practice octaves, you're just
locking in that frame for
every position on the fingerboard.
First, [SOUND] all the way
up to the higher positions.
Because of course, one and four get closer
together, the higher up you go.
When you're playing octaves
one trick is to lean on the lower string a
little bit more.
The lower note in any kind of octave
situation rings and
then the upper note fits into the, it's
part of the overtone.
So it fits into the, the ringing of the
lower note so it just sounds more in tune.
It's a little bit easier to play when you
lean on that lower string.
Octaves can take some time to get
comfortable playing in tune so it'll be an
ongoing project but
it's nice to have a little taste of it
Now when you're playing octaves anytime,
if you play a scale in octaves for
You can go up one string and then there's
always a time you've got to shift over.
Do you go up to fourth
position there or
Go over to first or
stay in third and go over.
It all depends on where you're coming from
or where you're going to.
So if you'll look at the bar after letter
E, you'll see I'll stay in
I'll go over to third there to prepare for
what's coming next.
Here to third.
And now to first.
So, the that shifting, I will call it
strategic shifting that'll always depend
on where you're going next.
And then this one ends simply without
double stops.
And I like to end it on the A string for
that softer sound quality.
And you can just let
that last note taper away.