For students in high school and/or working on scales, the above two-octave D Major Scale showcases a specific rhythm of quarter notes and eighth notes. The quarter notes are used on the tonic note of the scale each time it returns, D in this case. This rhythm will help with anchoring the player within the key of the scale especially when shifting from 1st to 3rd position. You may either slur the notes or play them separately.
This is just one example of how to play a D Major two octave scale. But, this is how the MSBOA (Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association) has Solo & Ensemble proficiency examinations notated. Please visit their website for more information if you plan to perform in Solo & Ensemble this year. This is a link to the Solo and Ensemble Proficiency Scales Guide. http://www.smso.org/Education/Proficiency%20Scales%20Strings.pdf
Along with different variations in rhythms there are different variations in how you can finger a passage. I have notated two different ways of playing this scale. The top option shifts into 3rd position on the A string note D with a shift back in measure 4 to 1st position. The bottom fingering has the entire passage performed in 3rd position with no shifting. You have the ability to choose your fingering based on your preference and skill. Shifting can create different tone qualities. The bottom option can cut down on unwanted interruptions in sound that could result from shifting. If you wish to download and print this specific example I have attached the PDF I created below.
Ultimately, check with your school orchestra directors for their input if you have any questions on these guidelines. :)
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