Violin Beginner II

Violin Beginner II: Week #7

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: G Scale

  • Technique: Double Stop Scale

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark All together with double stops, hoedown rhythm and repeat

 Summary

The main focus of this week was getting Old Joe Clark into it’s final arrangement. Even at this point in the semester, it’s important to slowly build everything up each practice session. The more musical material that you put together, the more important it is to make sure that each piece and each technique is solid and secure. Just because we have the whole piece in its final arrangement doesn’t mean that you stop practicing the trouble spots.

 Assignment for next week

Comfortably play all of Old Joe Clark in it’s final arrangement.

How to Practice this at home

Old Joe Clark: Practice each phrase in hoedown rhythm with double stops 5-7 times (be critical with yourself, if there’s a phrase that isn’t up to par with the rest, repeat that phrase a few more times each day). Play the full melody of Old Joe Clark 3-5 times. End your practice with playing through Old Joe Clark with the repeat once or twice.

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Violin Beginner II: Week #6

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: N/A

  • Scale: G Scale

  • Technique: Double Stop Scale

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark all phrases in Hoedown Rhythm

Summary

This week everything is starting to come together towards the final arrangement of the piece. Keep reviewing the hoedown rhythm, G scale and double stop scale, but focus your energy on getting the phrases of Old Joe Clark comfortable in Hoedown Rhythm

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play the G major scale with single notes and no rests
Comfortably play the double stop scale ascending and descending
Comfortably play each phrase of Old Joe Clark in Hoedown Rhythm
Comfortably play each phrase of Old Joe Clark in Double Stops

How to Practice this at home

Old Joe Clark: Review the whole piece in hoedown rhythm 3-5 times (keep practicing sections as well). Practice each phrase in double stops 5-7 times cleanly

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Violin Beginner II: Week #5

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Hoedown Rhythm

  • Scale: G Scale

  • Technique: Double Stop Scale

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark all together in hoedown rhythm and first phrase in double stops

Summary

This week we added the double stop scale (which is a combination of both fingered double stop exercises), put all of Old Joe Clark together in hoedown rhythm, and added double stops to the first phrase. The challenge for practicing this week is not to get overwhelmed and put things together too quickly. Keep things separate and work on one thing at a time.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play the double stop scale
Comfortably play through all of Old Joe Clark in Hoedown Rhythm
Comfortably play through the first phrase of Old Joe Clark with Double Stops

How to Practice this at home

Double Stop Scale: Review each fingered double stop exercise 3-5 times, then put both together for the double stop scale 3 times

Old Joe Clark: Practice each section in hoedown rhythm 3-5 times cleanly, play all the way though Old Joe Clark in hoedown rhythm once or twice (max), practice the first phrase of Old Joe Clark in Hoedown Rhythm 3-5 times

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Violin Beginner II: Week #4

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Hoedown Rhythm

  • Scale: G scale

  • Technique: Fingered doubles stops on E and A

  • Repertoire: Old Joe Clark all phrases in hoedown rhythm

Summary

This week we added fingered double stops with notes on the A string and open E. Make sure to keep your fingers on their corners and swing your elbow around so that you can cleanly put your finger on the A string without it touching the E. We also added hoedown rhythm to all the phrases of Old Joe Clark

Assignment for next week

  • Comfortably play the G scale with single notes and rests

  • Comfortably play fingered double stops on both the E and A strings

  • Comfortably play all the phrases of Old Joe Clark in hoedown rhythm

How to Practice this at home

Double Stops: Play each fingered double stop exercise (fingers on E and fingers on A) 3-5 times cleanly with all notes in tune and no squeaks
Old Joe Clark: Play each phrase 3-5 times in hoedown rhythm cleanly with all the right notes and good bow distribution.

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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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