Theme – Var9

Theme

Practice this theme making clear the direction of your musical line and dynamic range. Work on smooth string crossing with the right arm and left… Read More »Theme

Variation 1

In this variation you need to work towards making a resonant sound in the lower part of the bow, and develop freedom of movement there.… Read More »Variation 1

Variation 2

Spiccato is an important bow stroke and can be learnt as soon as the détaché stroke is consistent. The spiccato stroke needs a flexible bow… Read More »Variation 2

Variation 3

This variation requires you to play some notes on the string and some off the string. Where Ševčík indicates a jeté stroke followed by a… Read More »Variation 3

Variation 4

The ability to play repeated up or down bows at the heel of the bow is tested throughout the Ševčík variations. Like Variation 3, the… Read More »Variation 4

Variation 5

Observe Ševčík’s careful bow division and articulation markings, especially the use of the whole bow and the comma indicating the lift of the bow off… Read More »Variation 5

Variation 6

The ability to switch between playing on the string to playing off the string is important in many styles. A good example is the opening… Read More »Variation 6

Variation 7

This variation uses a similar bow division pattern to No 5. To ensure good coordination and a clear sound make sure your left hand is… Read More »Variation 7

Variation 9

This beautiful variation uses a siciliano rhythm and requires musical thought and planning. Make sure that the dotted rhythm is ‘dotted enough’ to give the… Read More »Variation 9