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Monday, October 3, 2016

String Update and Assignment

Fourth Graders
4A:   Today was our first day on BRAND NEW INSTRUMENTS!!  Yay!  The students did a wonderful job learning the playing positions and technique for the viola and cello.  We played through pages 6 and 7 in the book, using the bow instead of doing pizzicato.

Assignment for 4A:

  • Work on the open strings, as well as the notes on the D string:  Open D, E, F#, and G.  
  • If you want to move ahead, check out page 10 in the book to try out the A string notes!

4B:  Today we spent time reviewing the notes on the D and A strings.  We played different examples from the Essential Elements book, and challenged ourselves to sight reading them!

Assignment for 4B

  • D Scale
  • Select ANY song from page 14 or 15 to practice and play in our next lesson.
4C:  Today we reviewed playing position and rest position.  Remember to keep a nice posture, and don't let that violin droop!  We also went over the proper way to hold the bow, and practiced bowing on open A and D strings.

Assignment for 4C
  • Continue to work on your bow hold, and remember to use long bows while playing
  • Review the fingered notes on the A and D strings.
  • Select ANY song from pages 10-13 to practice and play in our next lesson.
Fifth Graders
5A and 5B:   Today we started to work on one of our orchestra pieces, Salamander Samba.  

Assignment for 5A and 5B
  • Scales - focus on tone
  • Please have all of Salamander Samba prepared by THURSDAY for our first orchestra rehearsal!  It is only played on the open strings, so it is a good review piece.
  • You can play along with the recording here: Salamander Samba
  • Try to think of what you want to play as our 5th grade featured song.

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