Leaps and Bounds - Kevin Sluder
“By leaps and bounds”, a classic idiom, is another way of saying that something or someone is improving or increasing at a surprising rate, and has been used since the time of Shakespeare. Separately, “leap” and “bound” essentially mean the same thing, but paired together are a way of adding extra emphasis.
In the early years of playing a string orchestra instrument, the frequent acquisition of new skills allows students to learn more and more complex pieces of music in a relatively short amount of time. This sense of improving by leaps and bounds is especially noticeable to friends and family members that may not get to see the gradual
day-to-day progress of an orchestra classroom.
Most beginning literature for string players focuses on scale-wise motion, with very few “skips” between the notes. The main theme in Leaps and Bounds is all about notes hopping back and forth, rising and falling in larger intervals.