Strings Proficiency Levels

Youth Orchestra strings

Violin/Viola

  • Facility in advanced positions
  • Established Vibrato
  • Violists should have knowledge of Treble Clef

Cello

  • Facility in 1st through Thumb Position
  • Established Vibrato
  • Knowledge of Tenor Clef and Acquaintance with Treble Clef

String Bass

  • Facility in Half through Thumb Position • Knowledge of Tenor Clef

Philharmonia Orchestra strings

 

Violin/Viola

  • Facility in 1st through 5th Position
  • Intermediate Level Vibrato
  • Violists should have experience with playing in Treble Clef

Cello

  • Facility in 1st through 4th position, experience with playing in Thumb Position
  • Intermediate Level Vibrato
  • Experience playing in Tenor Clef

String Bass

  • Facility in Half through Thumb Position
  • Developing Vibrato

Concert Orchestra

Violin/Viola

  • RH position established, with finger flexibility. Arm drawing the bow straight and using the hand, wrist and forearm together.
  • Good LH position, hand/wrist and forearm in alignment, and flexible fingers.
  • Produce a clean, clear, centered pitch with an established bow stroke and good left hand finger placement.
  • Show signs of vibrato to improve and warm tone production.
  • Ability to perform basic bow style, legato, staccato, marcato, and spiccato along with accented notes.
  • Ability to perform a good pizzicato sound.
  • A basic ability to play in position, especially third position.

Cello

  • Forward and backward extensions, with an ability to play in second, third, and fourth positions. Basic knowledge of thumb position.

String Bass

  • Half, second, and fourth positions and a basic knowledge of thumb position.

Sinfonietta strings

Violin/Viola

  • RH position established, with finger flexibility. Arm drawing the bow straight and using the hand, wrist and forearm together.
  • Good LH position, hand/wrist and forearm in alignment, and flexible fingers.
  • Produce a clean, clear, centered pitch with an established bow stroke and good left hand finger placement.
  • Show signs of vibrato to improve and warm tone production.
  • Ability to perform basic bow style, legato, staccato, marcato, and spiccato along with accented notes.
  • Ability to perform a good pizzicato sound.
  • A basic ability to play in position, especially third position. (Violin)

Cello

  • Forward and backward extensions, with an ability to play in second, third, and fourth positions.

String Bass

  • Half, second, and fourth positions.

Opus One Strings

Violin/Viola

  • RH position established, with finger flexibility. arm drawing the bow straight and using the hand, wrist and forearm together.
  • Good LH position, hand/wrist and forearm in alignment, and flexible fingers.
  • Can produce a clean, clear, centered pitch with an established bow stroke and good left hand finger placement at times.
  • Ability to perform basic bow style, legato, staccato, marcato, and spiccato along with accented notes.
  • Ability to perform a good pizzicato sound.
  • A basic ability to play in position and beginning third position.

Cello

  • Forward and backward extensions.

String Bass

  • Half and third positions.

 

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