So many violinists are so focused on working up the instrument and shifting to the upper stratospheres that many times working across the instrument can be easily under nourished. Spending time working across the instrument in specific positions creates a wonderful foundation for finger relationships and muscle memory resulting in excellent intonation.
Now who doesn’t want excellent intonation right?
Every position working across the instrument has specific keys and scales that are comfortable in that position.
In this post we will be focusing on the comfortable scales and keys in Second Position.
POSSIBLE SCALES IN SECOND POSITION
B Flat Major/minor
B FLAT MAJOR 2 Flats: B Flat and E Flat
B FLAT MINOR 5 Flats: B Flat, E Flat, A Flat, D Flat, G Flat
B Major 5 Sharps: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#
B minor 2Sharps: F# and C#
C Major No Flats or Sharps
c minor 3 Flats: B Flat, E Flat and A Flat
C SHARP MAJOR/minor
C Sharp Major 7 Sharps: F#, C#, G#, D#, A#, E#, B#
C Sharp minor
4 Sharps: F#, C#, G#, D#
With an extended fourth finger on the E String.
D Major 2 Sharps: F# and C#
D minor 1 Flat: B Flat
As an orchestral violinist you can keep the above information tucked away in a mental file so that when you come across symphonies is let’s say C Major, you will know that it is more than likely some notey passages may be a bit comfortable in second position; for example, Bizet’s Symphony in C, lots of second position opportunities.
Now it is your time to go get that violin out and practice all possible scales and arpeggios in second position across the instrument.
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Please share in the comments which above tips you will be implementing into your daily practices sessions.
Happy Magical Practices,
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Heather is a classically trained concert violinist performing with the Gabrovo Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. She received her BM violin performance degree from CU -Boulder, studied with top teachers including Rachel Barton Pine. Ms. Broadbent has held leadership positions with multiple orchestras in the Greater Chicago-Milwaukee area. She has instructed thousands of violinists globally via youtube videos, online Academy, E-Courses, group coaching and one on one intensives. Heather’s students have won multiple awards, concerto competitions, held concertmaster positions in orchestras and even performed in Carnegie Hall. Heather is an advocate of a holistic violin lifestyle – putting one’s mind, body and spirit as a violin journey priority.