This 1.5 hour workshop goes through a fantastic method book, which contains:
- Exercises and pieces in different keys
- Studies in ornamentation
- Exercises in high positions
- Scales and pieces in intervals (3rds, 6ths, 8ves and 10ths)
- 2 Octave Scales with cadences
- Studies by various composers
Here are some of the key points discussed:
- The importance of basic exercises (like open strings). Make them pristine and fully controlled so that you set yourself up for pieces to be played the same way.
- Always know what position you're in, as that helps you navigate the fretboard better and makes sense of the fingerings.
- Look to see if a piece changes key and ask what the effect of that change is. How does that affect your use of dynamics, color, articulation, tempo, etc.
- Tonic and dominant (I and V) are the most frequently used chords in classical music: prioritize practicing them!
- 3rds, 6ths, 8ves and 10ths are the most frequently used sets of notes in classical music: prioritize practicing them!