Teacher Preparation
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Instrument-Tapes serve as finger placement training guides.
Class time is valuable, so it is important to prepare student instruments ahead of time! In the interest of efficient time management, it wise to schedule a dedicated time to locate and place tapes on the instruments. Some suggestions are to ask students to bring their instruments to the orchestra room before school begins, or to include tape preparation night as part of an orchestra parent’s association booster meeting.
Digital tuners, along with metronomes are considered tools of the trade. Many metronomes come with an electronic tuner feature. The price of tuners and metronomes, have become quite affordable. With experience, skilled musicians can do an excellent job placing tapes properly with or without the use of electronics. In order to speed up the process, you may wish to secure assistance from professional musicians or an area luthier. 
The purpose of instrument-tapes is to place a visual reference-point at the location where notes are in tune on each string. Many factors contribute to finding the exact spot on each instrument. String height above the fingerboard, due to the height of the bridge, neck angle and nut groove depth, make each instrument’s similar, but unique. 
Instrument-Tape Guidance
Instrument-Tapes are to be used as temporary training guides. Be certain to use materials that can be removed easily that cause no damage.  Once proper finger locations are understood, tapes should be removed. Always encourage students to actively focus their attention on critical listening and pitch perfection.
Tapes designed for string instruments are available. StringQuest’s author has been successful by cutting thin strips of adhesive mailing labels to size. Automotive pin-stripe tapes work, but may slide. Students enjoy fun colorful tapes.
The initial instrument-tape set-up should be for all notes in a one octave D major scale, starting on each instrument’s open D-String. 
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Viola Notes on A     Cello Notes on A     Meet Guide     Bass Notes on G     D Major Training Exercises     The Lower-Tetrachord

The Major Second     The Major Third     The Perfect Fourth     The Upper-Tetrachord     The Perfect Fifth     The Major Sixth

The Major Seventh     The Perfect Octave     The Complete D Major Scale     Left Thumb Logic     Left Thumb Flexible Location

Knuckle Leverage     D Major Etudes     Arpeggio Patterns     D Major Mastery Checkpoint     Extending the Instrument’s Range

Finger Location Terms     Violin Notes on G     Viola Notes on G     Cello Notes on G     Bass Notes on E     Bass Notes on A

Viola Notes on C     Cello Notes on C     Violin Notes on E     Third Position Principles     Violin Third Position on E

Third Position Measurement Differences     D Major Harmony     Interval Categories     Orchestra Harmony in D Major

Preparing for Orchestra Pieces     Divisi Protocol     Orchestra Chord Textures     Ensemble Engine     Technique Building

Practice Coins     Violin Technique Builder     Viola Technique Builder     Cello Technique Builder     Bass Technique Builder

Dynamic March Theme and Variations     Bowing Dynamics     Dynamic March Performance Details     Linked Bowing Exercise

Off-Beats Exercise     Neighbor Notes     Complete Dynamic March Composition Score and Parts
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