The interval exercise

Here’s a way to get to know your keys and your fingerboard. Play the first and third notes of a scale in one position. Do it slowly and slurred so that you use the whole bow. Shift and play the second and fourth notes, etc. Do this ascending and descending to nail down all those thirds and straighten out your hand position.blogex6a1

You’re not done yet. Play the whole thing again, but this time execute each third on the same string, so that you’re practising your shifts.

But that’s just thirds. Do the same thing with fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths, and octaves, first within the hand position and then with shifts on the same string. After about an hour of this you’ll feel like an intonation ninja.

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