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Sonia Lancaster
Hello All,
I passed Grade 5 theory as a teenager and didn't do any more grades because I didn't have the necessary theory qualifications to go on. Many years later I now have taken my theory and passed! Which means I am tentatively thinking of starting the practical grades again.

I was looking at the AMEB, Australian Grade 6 requirements and part of this is scales, arpeggios and technique. Looking at the scales of  C and D over 3 octaves, they go pretty high. Has anyone any tips for learning them? In terms of rhythm, speed, position changing etc?

Many thanks
Sonia Lancaster
4 Responses
Posted: July 10, 2017
Last Comment: July 12, 2017

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: July 12, 2017
Thank you. I will watch the videos.


Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 11, 2017
Sonia, when you are practicing scales, the most important general concept is consistency. Consistent tone, volume, intonation, etc. Son't worry about speed at first. Just get it in tune with the best tone you can. Working on your shifting will improve intonation from position to position as well as make the flow smoother. Watch these videos. The later set is an approach to practicing the G major 3 octave, but you can extrapolate and apply the concepts to your other scales. #265-266 #353-355

Elke Meier
Posted: July 10, 2017
Check the webinar on scales, Sonja, that Beth and Laurie did some time ago (under Live Violin Class). There is very basic stuff there but also great tips for extensive scale practice and instruction for fingering and shifting for 3-octave scales. 

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: July 10, 2017
Sorry, should've said I did Grade 5 practical :0