I found my students were having trouble understanding bow speed and bow distribution. This handout REALLY helped my kids! They told me that they loved the exercise and they loved the visuals.
My orchestra students are in elementary and middle school, but this is helpful for all levels, especially when re-explaining bow distribution, bow speed and improving left-hand agility.
Eventually, choose 1 scale to do at the start of each rehearsal and try to do all of the rhythms consecutively without stopping. Students will soon memorize the pattern and will increase their ability to understand and execute effective bow distribution and will increase left-hand agility, especially with the 4-note slurs.
Print this out with 3-holes so students can put in their binders as the very first warm-up sheet to do every day. They will find it fun and will feel so successful!
Summarized Directions (these are better explained on the handout)
1. Pick a Key Signature
2. Choose a Rhythm listed on the page to perform that particular scale
3. Rhythms include: Half Notes, Quarter Notes, four staccato 8th notes (this can be four 8th notes per pitch or changing every pitch depending on your students' left-hand skill)
4. Bow Image with How Much Bow to Use: Each rhythm has a photo of how much bow should be used, downbow and upbow symbols are above the part of the bow that the bow stroke begins in).
5. Slurs: When slurring notes, the bow photos have a line drawn to indicate where in the bow the note should be changed.
Enjoy! Please let me know if you have suggestions!