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Lesson 22

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46 Roses... - Student's Track
46 Roses - Duet
47 Lavender's Blue - Student's Track
47 Lavender's Blue - Duet

Key Points: Pieces 46 & 47


  • Piece 46 is in 3/4 which means a change in beat; 3 crotchets in the bar. Minims with dots are 3 beat notes not 2 beats.

  • Piece 47 has everything in it that you are currently working on; 4th fingers, slurs and quavers.

  • Piece 46 is a 19th century waltz which are quite fast i comparison with the smoochy 21st century kind so use this easy piece to play more quickly and confidently.

  • Piece 47 is another piece where you need to focus on very small sections rather than just playing it through.


  • 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'.


Things can go wrong. If you want to improve something really think about EXACTLY what the problem might be. It could be just 2 notes in the piece. Perhaps it's a string change. Or it could be your bow position. Whatever it is, decide to give it some focussed attention. Practise only that bit completely on its own. Don't play through the music until you've practised just that bit of detail. When you do it this way you will surprised at the speed of your improvement.

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