Henry Schradieck Violin Left Hand Warmup Exercise

Henry Schradieck Violin Left Hand Warmup Exercise

You're probably a beginner violinist trying to look for some warmup exercises on YouTube and then came across this video. I want to share with you one easy warmup exercise that you can use today. You don't want to miss this quick tutorial.

Let's talk about a very easy warmup exercise that you can use today. This is for beginners advanced, intermediate, um, pretty much all in any genre, right? So, and I'm coming from a classical music background, but I'm sure that if you're a Fiddler or for jazz musician, you could easily. Do this, and this comes from the book of Henry Schradieck. 

And this is dexterity in the left hand, the very first line of the very first page. So I'm all tuned up. So what I would like you to do, I would like you to focus on a couple of things. First of all, I would like you to focus on your sound. And then the second thing is your intonation. And if you combine those two in a very slow manner in a, in a warmup fashion, then you're going to be in good shape when you're warmed up. 

So let's go ahead. We're going to be in first position right over here. And it's, if you notice my hand is twisted in to the fingerboard and it's not out here because I'm going to utilize all four fingers right over here. And if the moment I do this, notice how my pinky. Is all the way out in no man's land. 

We want to make sure that risk is twisted. And so that way, when I'm ready to put the fingers on the fingerboard, they're all ready to go. So I want to do the simple and B C sharp, D E four finger on the a D 

And we're going to repeat this. Many many, many times. And you could also do this in a variety of rhythms. You can work on this with your teacher in different rhythms and different slurred bowings, whatever the case may be. I take them to the Schodack books, so, you know, whatever floats your boat. So the way that the exercise is supposed to sound, we want to make sure again, good sound good intonation. 

So I'm going to do it slowly so I could hear every single note that's happening and I'm using four notes per bow. That way I can warm up my instrument, warm up my hands, make sure that the joints are working exactly the way they're supposed to. 

You can do this exercise in a variety of speeds and on different strings of the violin. So it's not like you're limited to just the A string, you can do it on the E string, the D string and the G string, all in first position. Pretty simple! And if you're not warmed up by doing it slowly, then I encourage you that you start slowly. 

And then once you start slowly getting. More warmed up. Then you play faster because you don't want to play too fast just because your joints are not warmed up. And that could also cause a lot of pain later on and eventually you'll be able to do shrouded first-line 

And then you could also do it on 

and then on the g-string 

And lastly on the E string

You might notice maybe the mic is picking it up, but I'm also articulating the fingers on my fingerboard. And you don't have to do this all the time. You actually want to try doing it a bunch of different ways. You can try relaxing the fingers as they go down on the fingerboard, like, 

or you can do something more articulate. Such 

and the action on the hands are a little bit higher up and I'm really going down on the fingerboard. So whatever works for you, you know, for me, I start slowly and then I go faster. You don't want to go too fast because you don't want the intonation to kind of be like a blur. So the slower, the better. 

You get nice resonance out of your instrument, you are setting yourself up, whether it's for a rehearsal, for a lesson for performance, you're setting yourself up for success, not just with your violin, but also with your mindset. Because if you have a good mindset towards intonation and good sound production, then you'll achieve your goals faster. 

You'll have more success in concerts and rehearsals and lessons, whatever the case may be. I hope this found value. Please make sure to hit the subscribe button, hit the bell notification. So that way you get notified for when new videos come out. It also helps me out as a content creator to provide more videos for you. 

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