Quick Practicing Tips

Paula Bird said: Apr 17, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Long Bow Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Apr 17, 2012
 
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Wimberley, TX
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Bits & Pieces Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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said: Apr 18, 2012
 48 posts

Both are great suggestions.

I think we will play Saint-Saens’s The Swan in honor of Long Bow Day today.

Paula Bird said: Apr 18, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I’m going to do some totalization with open strings and my mirror. I need to check to see how straight and true my bow is on the string and whether I have a good contact point. For anyone else who would like to join me in this endeavor, here is the link to my article about it:

Open string tonalization

Pianists can practice “deep knee bend” on triads or other chords.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Irene Mitchell said: Apr 18, 2012
Irene Mitchell
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Dallas, TX
111 posts

absolutely brilliant, Paula! thank you for sharing your links so generously with us.
I love the open string piece… but I think we need a video of YOU doing the duck song. :o)

Irene Mitchell

Paula Bird said: Apr 18, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Hilarious, Irene! I have a funny group class video of my pretwinklers trying to do the step routine to the song. You are right, that would be great! Maybe I’ll get a parent to film that at the next class, but maybe just me so we can see how the steps work. Then I’ll include the funny one with everyone stepping all over themselves for humor!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Apr 23, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Practice Awesomeness!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Sue Hunt said: Apr 24, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

What a recipe for life, Paula. Thanks!

Here’s another open strings idea for loosening the jaw. Just open and shut your mouth like a goldfish on every open string.
Music in Practice

Paula Bird said: Apr 24, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

What a great idea, Sue! Let’s add a “goldfish day” to the practice ideas!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Barb said: Apr 25, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Love these!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Paula Bird said: Apr 25, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Popcorn Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Apr 30, 2012
 
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Wimberley, TX
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power of the stopped bow

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: May 3, 2012
 
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Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Square ‘Em Up Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Wendy Caron Zohar said: May 3, 2012
Wendy Caron Zohar
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Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
94 posts

New Comment on Quick Practicing Tips from Paula Bird
Hi Paula,
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Wendy Caron Zohar

Paula Bird said: May 3, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
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Try it now, Wendy!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: May 9, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Backwards Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: May 24, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Turtle Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Jun 21, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Tin Man Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Jun 28, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Add-a-Pearl Day!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Jul 4, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

A beginning look in-depth at Allegretto in Violin Volume 1:
Allegretto

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Oct 15, 2012
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted a new article about how I help parents out of the nonpracticing rut:

“Life Happens but Let’s Not Make a Habit of It”

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Pia said: Oct 15, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
34 posts

Paula- you are so great! Thanks so much for these lovely and inspiring practice tips!

Paula Bird said: Oct 15, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Thanks so much flageoletty! What a lovely thing to say!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jan 25, 2013
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted an article with another quick practicing tip for parents:

Study Cards

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Apr 16, 2013
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here is another practicing tip idea:

“Third Part” Day

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: May 1, 2013
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I also posted this idea under the teaching tips section. This is a quick teaching and practice tip to exercise continuous vibrato, which I learned from watching a cello colleague teach in a university master class:

Quick Practice Tip: Continuous Vibrato

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Maggie said: Jun 1, 2013
 3 posts

Wow, these are very very useful information! Thanks so much for sharing, Paula, I have bookmarked your blog! My 5 and half year old son started Suzuki violin almost a year ago. He is on Go Tell Aunt Rhody now but I just realized that there are lots of basic things we need to fix such as:

  1. Bow hand problem such as thumb not bent. I guess it’s my fault to have assumed he had been benting thumb correctly. Anyways, our teacher said he should stay with the position of thumb staying on the outside of the frog (opposed to usual adult position where thumb is on the inside the frog). His bow hand fingers also tend to stay on top of the bow instead of “hug” the bow and pinky up in the air. My recent effort of trying to get his fingers to hug the bow and bent thumb has been very inefficient. He complains that he can’t hold the bow very well if he does what I insisted. I wonder if you have any good suggestion to get kids to have a good bow hand position,

  2. He also tends to drop his scrow. I guess the root of this problem is the violin is not high up on the shoulder. But he also protects that it would be too hard for him to play if he does…

Any suggestion would be appreciated!

Paula Bird said: Jun 5, 2013
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Thanks, Taleoftwopiggies.

Sounds like your little one protests anything that’s new or challenging. Why not write me an email personally, so I can answer your questions. I have some suggestions to offer. Just send me a message.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jun 5, 2013
 
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I have posted a new article that suggests an idea that can be used in home practices or in group classes:

Story Book Practices

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

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