Violin Beginner II

Violin Beginner II: Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Hoedown Rhythm

  • Scale: G major scale

  • Technique: Fingered Double Stops

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark first phrase in hoedown rhythm

Summary

This week we started putting the techniques we’ve been learning together. We worked on stringing the hoedown rhythm together, continued to work on the G scale in rhythm, adding fingers to the double stops (walking up the notes of the E string while simultaneously playing the open A string) and adding the hoedown rhythm to the first phrase of Old joe Clark. Remember to keep everything as separate as you can and go back to reviewing basic techniques.

Assignment for next week

  • Comfortably play the G scale with two bows per note and two beats of rest

  • Comfortably play 4+ Hoedown Rhythms in a row

  • Comfortably play double stops with fingers on E

  • Comfortably play the first phase of Old Joe Clark in rhythm

How to Practice this at home

Hoedown Rhythm: Get 3-5 clean repetitions of the hoedown rhythm 4 times in a row without stopping
Fingered Double Stops: Get 3 repetitions of walking up and with all the right notes
Old Joe Clark: Practice the notes of each phrase 3 times and practice the first phrase in hoedown rhythm 3-5 times.

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Violin Beginner II: Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Double Stops

  • Scale: G Scale

  • Technique: Hoedown Rhythm

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

Summary

This week we reviewed the G 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 bowhold, 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. For Old Joe Clark, practice each phrase on its own. Don’t worry about putting them together this week.

First Phrase: E F# G(nat.) F# E D C#
Second Phrase: E F# G(nat.) F# E
Third Phrase: Same as the first!
Last Phrase: C# C# B B A

Assignment for next week

  • Get more comfortable with playing double stops

  • Play G 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 A and E
G 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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Violin Beginner II: Week #1

List of Goals for the week:

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

  • Scale: G Major Scale

  • Technique: Double Stops

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark First Phrase

Summary

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: The not on the 2nd finger tape. You should feel the tips of the first and second fingers lightly touching.

G Scale: It’s a lot like the A 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 G (third finger on D) to G (low second finger on E) and back down. Notes - G A B C(natural) D E F# G(nat.) G(nat.) F# E D C(nat.) B A G
Double Stops: this is the most difficult new technique we’ll learn this semester. Place your bow on both the A and the E 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 - E F# G(nat.) F# E D C#

Assignment for next week

  • Play the low second finger comfortably and in tune

  • Play through the notes of the G 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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