top of page

Lesson 27

Back to: Lesson 26

Go on to: Lesson 28

56 Stand by Me - Student's Track
56 Stand by Me - Duet
57 Skye Boat Song - Student's Track
57 Skye Boat Song - Duet

Key Points: Pieces 56 & 57


  • Piece 56 is actually a bass part which has been raised a couple of octaves to make it possible for a violinist to play it. Bear this fact in mind as you provide a bass accompaniment for the soloist in the duet.

  • Piece 57 has an awkward rhythm which requires careful bow management. Check out the section where I perform the beginning so that you can see how the bowing works.

  • The most awkward bits in Piece 56 are the quaver pairs followed by a dotted minim because they are quite quick. Practise them all separately until you are confident before the whole piece through.

  • Think about the dynamics in Piece 57. When you are playing loudly ease the bow downwards with a very small amount pressure with the your index finger to increase the volume.


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

  • 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'.


Think about your pizzicato. Are you plucking with your finger tip? If you are, it may be producing either a 'twangy' sound or a harsh 'clickey' sound. Either way you ought to try plucking with the 'fleshy' left hand edge of your finger because it produces a much more rounded plucking sound.

bottom of page