Viola Beginner II

Viola Beginner II: Week #1

Week #1


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Low 2nd Finger (C Natural), Playing on G String

  • Scale: C Major Scale

  • Technique: Double Stops

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark First Phrase


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

This week was a LOT of new stuff. Don’t be overwhelmed, we’re giving you a lot of new material this week that we will hone over the next seven weeks.

Low 2nd Finger: Your second finger is going off-roading! When both the first and low second fingers are down, you should feel the tips of the first and second fingers lightly touching.

C Scale: It’s a lot like the D scale with 2 major differences. First, you’ll use all low second fingers (never on the tape). Second, the range of the scale is from C (third finger on the G string) to C (low second finger on A string) and back down. Notes - C D E F(natural) G A B C(natural) C(natural) B A G F(natural) E D C.

Double Stops: this is the most difficult new technique we’ll learn this semester. Place your bow on both the D and the A Strings (imagine your bow is on the invisible string in between the two strings). Play both strings at the same time with firm bow pressure and a straight bow.

Old Joe Clark: This will be our recital piece this year. As we said, the melody of this piece is pretty simple, but what makes the piece interesting is all the ornamentation we can add and different levels we can take this piece to. Notes - A B C(nat.) B A G F#



Assignment for next week

The assignments for this week are to be able to:

-Play the low second finger comfortably and in tune

-Play through the notes of the C scale with two bows per note and pauses between each note

-Start to get a feel for double stops with strong, clear bows.

-Play the notes for the first phrase of Old Joe Clark


How to Practice this at home 

Take each assignment and play though it 3-5 times cleanly with good intonation, clear sound and all the right notes. Be self critical and go for quality over quantity. A few very good repetitions is more productive than dozens of mediocre ones.


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