esson 17, The Third Grip
After the first and second grip you have reached the next level, the third grip.
This is the last “grip” of the 3.
All songs and exercises from this point will be in this grip, and we will learn everything about flats and their scales.
Start with the given scales, this way you will feel secure in the exercises and songs.
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Lesson 17 The Third Grip
After the first and second grip you have reached the next level, the third grip. We will now lower the first and forth finger, getting us into the “flats”. First the flats will be explained so we can start getting used to this new grip. Best is to practice this with the given scales so you get used to the “feel”.
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First we will practice the scale of B-flat, notice there are 2 flats in this scale, the flat for the B and the flat for the E.
Now we will practice the scale of E-flat, notice there are 3 flats in this scale, the flat for the B, the flat for the E and the flat for the A
Finally we will practice the scale of A-flat, notice there are 4 flats in this scale, the flat for the B, the flat for the E, the flat for the A and the flat for the D.
82 Alternate Bowing
This is a little heads-up to the next song, the first one with this grip. This bowing has a Syncope in it, one eighth note on the down-bow, then a quarter note on the up-bow (the syncope) and finally one more eighth note added to the up-bow. The way to do this is to give the eighth note on the down-bow much speed so that you have enough bow left for the quarter note and the eighth note on the up-bow. See to it that your starting point is the same every time. Bow-management!
Our first song in the new grip. For now only the fingers 1, 2 and 3 are used, we will add the 4th later. Notice that the flats aren’t placed in front of the notes, but at the beginning of each staff. There are 2 flats, (Bb and Eb), so that means we are playing in the key of B-flat. (See 82a). I always advise you to play the scale first so you have heard the notes used in this song. This will prove to be a great “warming-up” to each song and exercise that we have to play.
The famous Triumphal March from the opera Aida by G. Verdi.
We will use the 4th finger now.
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Der Lindenbaum, a well known beautiful song by Franz Schubert.
Play it very legato.
This is a Romanian folk dance, played on festivals, weddings, actually everywhere.
Play it light, from the middle part of the bow.
Light accents will help the rhythmic feel.