Orchestra Bowings and Articulations

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  1. This bundle combines the Basic Bowings and Orchestra (Advanced) Bowings & Articulations resources for orchestra and string teachers of all levels. Have all the most commonly used bowings all in one place ready for your classroom, word wall, or student music folders! They are a powerful visual re
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This resource is designed for teachers of intermediate or advanced string orchestra students.

It includes arco, down bow, up bow, bow lift, slur, staccato, slurred staccato, hooked bowing, detache, martele, loure/portato, spiccato, sautille, colle, tremolo, staggered bowing, double stop, pizzicato, snap pizzicato, left hand pizzicato, col legno, sul ponticello, and sul tasto. There is also a diagram of divisions of the bow, including the tip, frog, middle, upper half, lower half, and whole bow.

HOW TO USE: I use the individual symbol pages when I am introducing a new skill. I use the poster maker at school to create large versions for anchor charts to post around the room. These would also work well as handouts for student folders or notebooks. My students often refer to these when we are reviewing a symbol or practicing independently.

Note: Many bowings are open to interpretation and not consistently codified. I have included the most commonly used examples and definitions.

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Basic Bowings for String Orchestra This resource includes some of the same material as Orchestra Bowings and Articulations, except that slurred staccato and hooked bowing are presented as the same bowing. Basic Bowings is targeted for beginning string students, while Orchestra Bowings and Articulations is more appropriate for intermediate and advanced string students.

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Total Pages
41 pages
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Lifelong tool
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