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I can manage 32nd note runs pretty well when there are

only 2 strings involved. However, with 3 or 4 strings,

it gets sloppy and un-even. I practice the way my teacher

says, but I am still having problems. Any valuable input on

different ways to practice these? Thanks.

Michael L.

P.S. The ways I already know are playing the notes in clumps on

each string, and playing each note separately, with staccato all down the

bow, in one bow.

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Try practicing them uneven! Short -long... long -short

After you try this for a few days then go back and try to play them even, usually you will get amazing results.

Also do them with a metronome and be sure you are in the right part of the bow.

Watch your string crossings. You need to be on your way over to the next string mentally before you move there.

Remember your arm levels on the different string.

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Practice it with only the bow. If you do it on open strings you will immediately hear which string crossings can be improved.

Practice the left hand alone and the right hand alone and it will be much clearer when you put it back together. Practice slowly also with clear phrasing (don't emphasize the string crossings if it is not appropriate).

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: I can manage 32nd note runs pretty well when there are

: only 2 strings involved. However, with 3 or 4 strings,

: it gets sloppy and un-even. I practice the way my teacher

: says, but I am still having problems. Any valuable input on

: different ways to practice these? Thanks.

: Michael L.

: P.S. The ways I already know are playing the notes in clumps on

: each string, and playing each note separately, with staccato all down the

: bow, in one bow.

It is important to remember to use string combinations when crossing strings. When leaving a string, leave the last finger of the previous string down as you pass to the next string. This will cause you to have two fingers down at once creating a double-stop fingering. Also, divide the passage into even groupings and group them mentally, don't just let your fingers fly around with out precise aim and controll. Schradieck School of Violin Technics is extremely good for left hand technic. Your daily application of scales, major and minor will help too. Last but not least, always practice EXTREMELY SLOW with a METRONOME!

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