Paul Rolland’s Shuttle Game

June 1, 2009

Fifth-grade violinists and violists have been playing games to develop the motion needed for vibrato and shifting.  Notice how the elbow scoops under the violin and how the thumb comes under the fingerboard.

I learned this exercise many years ago from the Paul Rolland films, “The Teaching of Action in String Playing”.  If I remember correctly, this exercise is called the Shuttle Game.  Games like this encourage fluid motions, and a soft, round hand position.

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