Viola Intermediate

Viola Intermediate: Week #1

Week #1


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: 1 octave C scale review

  • Scale: C scale lower octave - C STRING!!!!

  • Technique: Note Reading

  • Repertoire: To the Greenwood First Phrase Notes


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

This week we learned the lower octave of the C major scale. The fingering for this is the exact same as the D major scale from beginner 1, it just starts on open C instead of open D. We also talked about reading music and applied that new knowledge to the first phrase of To the Greenwood (our piece for this semester). Use the attached cheat sheet to decode each note of To the Greenwood. Take it slow, circle your open strings and don’t be afraid to print off some copies of the piece and mark down every note and finger. It will help you learn more quickly in the long run.


Assignment for next week

Comfortably play both octaves of the C Major scale separately

Start to develop an association between note names, note placements on the staff, and fingers on the viola

Comfortably be able to play though the first phrase of To the Greenwood off of the sheet music


How to Practice this at home 

Scale: Practice each octave 3 times per practice session with good intonation, clear sound, and all the correct finger placements.

To the Greenwood: Go through the music away from the viola saying the notes out loud 5-10 times. Circle open strings and mark note names and fingers accordingly. Play through the first half of the phrase 7-10 times.


Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams


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