Breaking down a piece of music to improve coordination, especially for a string instrument like the violin, is a valuable practice.
It’s particularly helpful to do this when learning a new piece of music, to avoid becoming overwhelmed by all the different pieces of information that you need to process simultaneously.
Here's a more detailed breakdown of the steps:
Step One: Master Individual Elements
Step Two: Combining Skills
Combine clapping the rhythms with simulating bowing motions. This helps you connect the timing of your bow strokes to the music.
Simulate both finger movements and bowing at the same time, connecting the left and right hand coordination.
Step Three: Incorporating the Violin
Sing or say the rhythms as you play!
Verbalise the bowings as you play!
Sing or say the finger numbers as you play!
Sing or say the notes as you play!
Step Four: Increasing the Tempo
At each step, use a metronome to identify the fastest tempo at which you can CONSISTENTLY complete the task - in time, in tune and (when you are playing the violin) with a good sound.
Once each task is secure, you can incrementally increase the speed until you reach the tempo you wish to use for performance.
By following these steps, you’ll improve your coordination, making it easier to play the piece on the violin.
Remember that practice and repetition are key to mastering any musical piece!