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Suzuki Music Practice Tips and Inspiration - Suzuki Method

Hello, dear Suzuki families,

Here are some Suzuki violin (but good for any instrument) tips and teaching points for your daily practicing sessions at home. I welcome your own personal suggestions, opinions, and testimonials. I greatly appreciate your comments and feedback on these articles.

Thanks for being part of our Suzuki music family!

Rigo Murillo, Suzuki Strings Specialist

Suzuki Violin Pre-Twinkle Skills

By the completion of the Twinkle Variations, the student should have developed the following skills (Many of which may be at a basic level of development):

  • Rest Position
  • Stance, focus, endurance
  • Listening skills, attention, habits
  • Sidedness
  • Following directions, quickness
  • Opposites (high-low, loud-soft)
  • Posture
  • Bow hold
  • Heavy head holding violin
  • Rhythms
  • String names and pitches
  • How to Bow
  • Basic E string posture
  • String crossing, E and A string
  • Bow control, tip control
  • Relaxed, natural weight of bow arm
  • Square of the arm
  • Bow held silently on string
  • Stop form bowing on middle of bow
  • Left hand shape
  • Finger numbers
  • Finger patterns
  • Preparation fingers
  • Quick placement of fingers
  • Soft left thumb/ relational left fingers
  • Coordination of bow and fingers
  • Pizzicato partners
  • Kreisler highway
  • Tonalization
  • Care of instrument and bow
  • Practice Skills
  • Memory skills
  • Ability to be positive

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BucketThe problem with review is NOT that students don't want to do it. It is that it's difficult to do it consistently throughout the Suzuki repertoire. 

"Bucket" Review Technique:

Write all the pieces' names on separate pieces of paper, put them in a "bucket". Everyday, have your violinist draw a few pieces of paper one at a time, reviewing each one, then, put the ones played in a second bucket. 

When you're through, change buckets and go through then again. When your child learns a new piece, add a paper with its name to the bucket. You can also include all of the pieces in the current book, and have your child LISTEN to it when it comes in the drawing. 

This is the easiest way to "hit" all of the pieces before the "favorites" get played more, letting the others get relegated.

Happy practicing!

Rigo Murillo

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Much has been taken by numerous music education scholars from Shinichi Suzuki's approach to music learning. The Suzuki method is based on the notion that all children learn to speak their mother tongue easily without having to formally study the language. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.


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