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Lesson 16

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34 Big Ben - Student's Track
34 Big Ben - Duet
35 Turn The Glasses - Student's Track
35 Turn The Glasses - Duet


We've been looking very carefully at your 3rd finger but WHAT ABOUT YOUR SECOND & even YOUR FIRST?  Check if your second is as close to the 3rd as it ought to be. Check that your 1st finger isn't going down sharp (i.e. too close to the 2nd).

Key Points: Pieces 34 & 35


  • Piece 34 asks you to this time, focus on the accuracy of your 2nd finger. It is also a piece which is made up of notes of different lengths. Watch out for the QUAVERS and how to make sure you play exactly the right number.

  • Piece 35 is a round; everyone plays the same notes but at different times.

  • Note that Piece 35 has a number of open As to 2nds on the D string which can be awkward to keep track of especially when you are playing in the duet.


  • As always start by doing a bowhold check, do a whole bow warm up, playing the scale of G major at the bottom of the previous page. This is so easy to do and really helps you check your tuning.

  • In piece 35 prepare the 3rd finger before you start.

  • To get going pluck through each piece once or twice.

  • Then try with the bow the Student's Track until you feel confident to move on to the duets.

  • Go from plucking to bowing and back to plucking until you are confidently bowing each piece.

  • Don't be in any rush to 'get it right straight away' - being patient will pay off in the long run.

  • Go over previous videos if you think something's not right.

  • Most 'horrible' sounds occur because of a tense right hand causing the bow to 'tremble,' 'bounce' or be 'scratchy'.

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