Tone Exercise

Here’s a great exercise for tone. Leopold Mozart (in A Treatise on the Fundimental Principles of Violin Playing) says you should do this every day. It will help you to feel in control of the sound at all dynamic levels. You’ll find yourself using a more straight bow and more consistent contact point, too.

Let’s use a C Major scale as an example. Play each note as whole notes at mm = 60 using consistent bow speed. Make the first two beats fortissimo and the second two beats subito pianissimo.

The Mozart Exercise

Then do it again, alternating between fortissimo and pianissimo every quarter-note, and again every eighth-note. I guarantee doing this daily will give you killer tone.

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2 Responses to “Tone Exercise”

  1. Alex Says:

    Sounds like a good exercise… do you keep the bow speed the same playing ff and pp? How do you achieve the dynamics then?

  2. Mark Foley Says:

    Hey, Alex,
    Yes, bow speed remains the same; the dynamics are modulated only with pressure.
    Thanks for reminding me about this blog. Time to update, I’d say!

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