Friday, 30 August 2019

Hedingham Green

Hello!
It's time for a lovely little tune that Jonny Dyer wrote today, called Hedingham Green. It's got some lovely little runs in it that are lovely to play and doesn't go too high.
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki


Friday, 23 August 2019

The Loon

Hello!
Today is the third part of the Maniac series and it's the minor variation written by Paul Hutchinson called The Loon. I think this is my favourite part!  This was written by Paul Hutchinson. Paul has now released a book and this tune can be found in the book. Click here to buy it!
Good luck!
:))
Vicki


Friday, 16 August 2019

The Maniac - variation 1

Hello!
Today we have the second part of the Maniac. This is the first variation! It's a little trickier than the main theme and I think warrants being a tune of its own! This was written by Paul Hutchinson. Paul has now released a book and this tune can be found in the book. Click here to buy it!
Good luck and enjoy!
:))
Vicki


Friday, 9 August 2019

The Maniac

Hello!
This is the first part of a three part set of tunes that I learnt from Paul Hutchinson. This week we have The Maniac, next week is a variation on The Maniac (written by Paul) and then finally a second variation on The Maniac called, The Loon. I learnt them on a week course at Halsway Manor. Paul and I were sharing the Manor and we tune swapped. Paul has now released a book and this tune can be found in the book. Click here to buy it! The Maniac was the title of the course and so of course I had to learn and teach this tune. Now A major isn't normally a key that I generally like to play in, but this tune is such a great challenge and a good exercise in A major and leaping up the instrument. So here it is!
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki


Friday, 2 August 2019

Zenbow

Hello!
This is another week of bowing study. (The last for a little while I promise!) It's to help you get into the zen space of bowing. The lowest part, the string crossing part is the important bit. The first quaver is always to be played on the G string, the second quaver (always a C) is to be played on the C string. (If you are D tuned, you can do this either by going to the lower C string, or just retuning - there are no other notes needed for this on the C string).

As with the Study in G you should play the entire piece with the following bowing. The example written out just does two bars for each, you should do this bowing all the way through.
1. Separate
2. Slurred in pairs
3. Slurred four notes to a bow
4. Slurred with a whole bar to a bow

I have uploaded different versions, so you can play the bowing exercises to me playing the melody, or the counter melody, or you can play the melody to my bowing exercise. Or you can just listen to the compiled version where I play all three parts! So below is the trio written out. Or download and print it by clicking here!


The audio is all straight from the camera and recorded to a click and complied afterwards!
Enjoy!
:))
Vicki

Zenbow, the trio:


Zenbow the Lesson:


Zenbow on its own:


The melody for Zenbow on its own:


The harmony for Zenbow on its own:

Friday, 26 July 2019

Study in G minor

Hello!
This week is actually a study, rather than a tune. It is quite tuneful, but it's purpose is to strengthen your bow hand. It consists of a little tune and then a whole load of bowing exercises. The video goes through the basic tune and then the different bowing exercises (except the last couple).
Play the whole of the tune with each bowing listed below. Only the first bar is written out with the different bowing - apply this bowing to the whole tune. If you do each exercise with beautiful notes, then this will take a lot of concentration and practise. For the faster bowing take a careful look at my wrist and see how it flexes to absorb the movement. This week is a major piece of practise!
:))
Vicki


This is just the first bar written out - apply the bowing from each bar to the whole melody.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Barham Down

Hello!
It's time for a Playford tune again, we've not had one for a few weeks. This one is Barham Down and is one of my favourites! Not too tricky it goes up to a high G, but falls under the fingers very nicely. Enjoy!
:))
Vicki