Study Sheet

Use the Study Sheet to make sure you’ve done all you know how to do in preparing a piece of music.   “Tests” are suggested and PRACTICE MODES FOR STUDY SHEET will give you more ideas about “tests” to be sure you have control of each item listed.  The basic idea of the Study Sheet comes from the great violin pedagogue,   Dorothy Delay

       1 Notes – use separate bows – say note names while playing. These can be sung
       2 Rhythm – count out loud while playing. This should be spoken.
       3 Dynamics – recite out loud while playing. Your voice should reflect the dynamics
       4 Fingerings – write in  (initially for accuracy [pedagogical fingerings] ultimately for music)
       5 Bowings – write in  (initially break them up for musical ease, stay close to composer’s idea )
       6 Tempo –conduct and sing. Establish target tempos start 3×3 practice 
       7 Intonation –  use drone  (and anything else that works for you) especially at ½ tempo
       8 Strokes/articulation – use one-note-samba
       9 Vibrato – also on one-note-samba. Vibrato should be a subdivision of the tempo 
       10 Bass Sound – wire nag / arm weight / cuff 
       11 Memory – have memorized one month before  performance date


Score – XEROX a copy for study (and to give to your teacher to write comments)
       O Find at least 3 performances, and listen
       O Look up all terms, titles etc
       O What is the FORM – identify sections verbally while playing
       O Mark “free’ spots on your part where the accompaniment is not playing.
       O Pencil in cues for the accompaniment

Phrasing – XEROX part or use transparencies
      O Mark all phrases
      O Assign moods, feeling etc to what is being communicated

History – Find at least 3 facts
      O For Whom written
      O For What reason
      O When
      O Where
      O Why
      O How (compositional techniques)
      O What era
      O What style

TECHNICAL ISSUES – when problems arise

      Shifting – “swinging doors” 3xs. Decide which kind of the 4 shifts you’re using
      Coordination of L/R hands – stuck bow on passages
      Stance – feet on floor, body relaxed and poised. (Does it feel good?)
      Bass Position – weight OFF of thumbs, free arm movement
      Bow arm and grip – watch bow arm, use the cuff, watch bow arm in mirror, keep hand relaxed
      Left hand position & acceleration – segmented stop-relax practice & note games
      Head – keep back – watch yourself in the eye using a mirror while playing from memory
      Face and Breathing – use a mirror
      Continuity and Flow – think ahead, use your back 3xs3 practice

OTHER – remember to look at the LONG VERSION OF PRACTICE MODES