Viola Intermediate: 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