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Bass LEVEL I: The Little Fiddle

Checklist:

  • Tempo: Quarter note = 110 – 130 bpm (rit. at m. 12)
  • Demonstrates correct posture.
  • Tone is full.
  • Dynamics are demonstrated where appropriate (p at m. 11 and mf at m. 13)
  • Notes are articulated Appropriately and consistently
  • Performance conveys the character of the piece
  • Clean string crossings
  • Clean and accurate shifts with good intonation
  • Most bowings and note values are played accurately (up bow end of m. 8)
  • Clean, separate 1/16th notes (mm. 1, 3, 9 – 13 and 15)

Bass LEVEL II: March in G

Checklist:

  • Tempo: Quarter note = 80 – 90 bpm
  • All notes, especially half notes, receive their full value
  • Demonstrates correct posture
  • Tone is full
  • Dynamics are demonstrated where appropriate (mf at beginning to p at m. 6 F in m. 20 to mf in m. 22)
  • Crescendos and decrescendos are the correct length and volume (p m. 6 crescendo to F m. 7)
  • Notes are articulated appropriately and consistently
  • Performance conveys the character of the piece
  • Clean string crossings
  • Clean and accurate shifts with good intonation (watch 3rd to 1st shifts especially ex. m. 20)
  • Most bowings and note values are played accurately
  • Slurs are connected
  • Fingerings are consistent with Suzuki Bass School Vol. 2

Bass LEVEL III: L’ Elephant

The piece may be performed with or without accompaniment.
Checklist:

  • Tempo: Quarter note = 110 – 130 bpm
  • Conveys a sense of grandeur (pomposo)
  • Demonstrates correct posture
  • Tone is full
  • Uses vibrato as appropriate
  • Dynamics are demonstrated where appropriate
  • Crescendos and decrescendos are the correct length and volume
  • Notes are articulated appropriately and consistently
  • Performance conveys the character of the piece
  • Clean string crossings
  • Clean and accurate shifts with good intonation (mm. 17 – 32 and mm. 45 – end)
  • Most bowings and note values are played accurately
  • Slurs are connected
  • Fingerings are consistent with Suzuki Bass School Vol. 2

Bass LEVEL IV: Marcello Sonata in E minor Adagio and Allegro and 1 major and 1 minor 2-octave scale of choice from the end of Suzuki Bass School Vol. 4

Checklist:

  • Tempo: Adagio Quarter note = 40 bpm and Allegro Quarter note = 100 – 120 bpm
  • Demonstrates correct posture
  • Demonstrates ease of movement
  • Tone is full
  • Uses vibrato as appropriate
  • Trills are clear (Adagio mm. 11, 14, and 15 Allegro m. 26 and 29)
  • Dynamics are demonstrated where appropriate
  • Crescendos and decrescendos are the correct length and volume
  • Notes are articulated appropriately and consistently
  • Performance conveys the character of the piece
  • Clean string crossings (Allegro A to D 4th pos. beat 3 of m 7 – m 8)
  • Clean and accurate shifts with good intonation.
  • Most bowings and note values are played accurately
  • Slurs are connected
  • Fingerings are consistent with Suzuki Bass School Vol. 2
  • Clean 1/16th notes (Allegro mm. 6 – 11 and mm. 18 – 22 and mm. 23 – beat 1 of 26)
  • Stylistic differences between Adagio and Allegro sections are appropriate