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Ray
I've come up with a new(for me) exercise on open string. I mentally divide the bow into forths and then using whole bow techniques I cross all four strings evenly in tempo and volume. And I've come across a new book-Magic Carpet for Violin by Joanne Martin. It has about 12 duets for open strings and then starts using fingering. Also for each piece a suggested tempo is given-108/88/etc and there are techniques to increase/decrease the volume. For other newbies like myself I would recommend obtaining a copy. One last thing, both the violin and myself are getting used to playing music. Cheers!
Ray
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Posted: March 12, 2011
Last Comment: March 13, 2011
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Ray
Posted: March 13, 2011
Looks like I need a mirror, back to the thrift store. 5-6 hours a day on string crossings!

Ray
Posted: March 12, 2011
Cool! Thanks for the tip. I'll look it up right away. Cheers.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 12, 2011
Ray, I love the exercise you've invented. You're working on string crossings, bow distribution, and whole bow strokes all at the same time! I like those exercises that give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Have you seen the video interview with Jessica Mathaes? She demonstrates exercises similar to the one you've described, except that she uses simple finger patterns with the string crossings. When you're using fingers, you can incorporate those into your warm-ups. You can find that interview under tag word "Jessica Mathaes"