Suzuki Violin Book 1 no.7 Long Long Ago, no.8 Allegro, no.9 Perpetual Motion

We are continuing on to be familiar with A Major.

no.7: Long Long Ago

The main rhythm here is:

Basically, long-short-short. You can practice with open strings to get used to playing long-short–short rhythm as below.

Use a long bow for a long notes, and a short bow for a short note.

no.8: Allegro

Staccato is indicated a dot on the note:

How to play staccato?

Move your bow fast and make very clear breaks in between the notes. Those four notes with staccato are about the same as:

Some of you think staccato has a bouncy character and lift the bow from the strings, but there is no need for it. Keep your bow hair always on the string and just move the bow horizontally but fast. After each stroke, make sure to stop your bow very clearly, too, which is very important.

I can introduce two preparatory exercises, which can be practiced before you actually learning this piece.

1: practice of staccato

2. practice of rhythm

no.9: Perpetual Motion

I personally think that this piece can be practiced legato, especially after “Allegro” to be practiced with staccato.

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