Thursday, March 5, 2009

Daily Torture Exercises

Well kids, now that the bloom of auditions and recitals has passed, let's get back to work, starting with the basics:

Daily Torture Exercise 1- An Oldie but a Goodie


This will train your fingers for fast combinations/muscle memory.


1) Play each group of 4 four times fast. Short pauses may be taken between groups, but it is crucial that the 4 fingers be played as rapidly as possible. For example:

1-2-3-4 *pause* 1-2-3-4 *pause* 1-2-3-4 *pause* 1-2-3-4 *pause*
1-2-4-3 *pause* 1-2-4-3 *pause* 1-2-4-3 *pause* 1-2-4-3 *pause*

etc, etc, ad nauseum, and I mean NAUS-E-UM.

2) Play the whole exercise all the way through 4X, one time on each string

3) You can change up the half and whole steps/change keys

the groups:

comments? complaints?