Viola Beginner II

Viola Beginner II: Week #2

Week #2


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Double Stops

  • Scale: C Scale 

  • Technique: Hoedown Rhythm

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark full melody (notes only)



Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

This week we reviewed the C scale and double stops, learned the hoedown rhythm, which involves bowing all the way to the tip, and learned the rest of the notes to Old Joe Clark. For the hoedown rhythm, if you can’t get all the way to the tip right now that’s totally fine. Go as far as you comfortably can without losing your bow hold, the reach will come. It’s a “long, short, short” bow stroke where the first down bow goes all the way to the tip and then is followed by two short bow strokes from the tip to the top tape then back to the tip. We’re using the hoedown rhythm at the tip for now to learn how to use that part of the bow, but the hoe down rhythm on the viola is best performed more toward the middle of the bow. For Old Joe Clark, practice each phrase on its own. Don’t worry about putting them together this week.

First Phrase: A B C(nat.) B A G F#

Second Phrase: A B C(nat.) B A

Third Phrase: Same as the first!

Last Phrase: F# F# E E D


Assignment for next week

Get more comfortable with playing double stops

Play C Scale in time with two bows per note and two beats of rest

Comfortably play the hoedown rhythm

Comfortably play each phrase of Old Joe Clark


How to Practice this at home 

Double Stops - Get 5-7 clean repetitions of double stops on open D and A

C Scale - 3 times up and down the scale in time with all the correct notes.

Hoedown Rhythm - 7-10 (SLOW) repetitions of the hoedown rhythm, resetting your bow in the middle each time.

Old Joe Clark - 3-5 clean repetitions of each phrase


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