STRING TEACHER RESOURCES

Examples include D, G & C major, to be extrapolated to other keys. The important elements in practicing scales this way are 1) the right hand remains constant (full half-note bows), 2) students strengthen rhythmic relationships against a steady pulse, and 3) the lowest leading tone is included, often involving a new finger placement.

Scale Rotations (One & Two Octave Examples)

With suggested fingerings and slurred-two quarter notes, these scales are formatted for most festival or honor orchestra auditions, and all major keys are included. 

Two Octave Major Scales

All major keys are included on one sheet with suggested fingerings for cello & bass. Violin, viola & cello are written for the octave requiring minimal or no shifting.

One Octave Major Scales & Arpeggios

This multi-page exercise includes common rhythms, bow strokes, finger patterns, shifting, string crossing, and chromatic exercises. It provides a great condensed method to introduce many concepts.

String Fundamentals & Daily Warm-ups

This single sheet can be used for the entire orchestra to develop right hand skills related to tone production. Placement refers to bridge proximity; Angle refers to how many hairs touch the string; Weight refers to the distance between the stick & hair; and Speed refers to how fast the bow arm moves. 

PAWS (Placement, Angle, Weight & Speed)

This single sheet can be used for the entire orchestra to develop better understanding of subdivision and how various rhythms relate while maintaining a steady pulse. This is good for clapping & counting exercise or great for establishing pulse with up vs. down bow. 

Rhythm Grid

This worksheet introduces students to scale creation (with teacher guidance to complete some of the blanks). Once each note is visualized in its "natural" position along the staircase, students quickly gain an understanding of how a sharp of flat affects a note and how scales are created. Don't  be surprised if a hypothetical G# Major is easily figured out by your students!

Half-Step Staircase & Solfege Guide