Apply tremolo fingering to a scale

The tremolo mechanism and subsets of it can add a wonderful flowing quality to scale work.

One option is to:

  • Play strings with three scale notes by using - a m i
  • combined with
  • Playing strings with two scale notes by using m - i

In the initial stages of applying this technique you will have to pay more attention to keeping the pairs accented - STRONG weak - STRONG - weak as the strong note is not always activated by the same finger, as it can be when using a two finger R.H. scale combination such as m i m i.

Practice the right hand separately first on the open strings.

Use the cycling techniques already described as "Cycling a Loop".

Alternatively you can apply the full tremolo fingering to passagework (scales).

Here is the full tremolo fingering applied to the first 5 notes of a C major scale. Once you have worked out the right hand fingering, practice it separately from the left hand, as shown, to make the right hand pattern absolutely clear in your mind.

Here is the entire scale using the subsets of the tremelo fingering: p a m i, a m i and m i.

Here is the entire scale using the full tremelo fingering:

Here are examples of these fingerings used in a concert with my string quartet - Listen from 1:50 in particular: