Violin Intermediate

Violin Intermediate: Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

  • Scale: 2 octave G scale

  • Technique: Reading rhythm

  • Repertoire: Dona Nobis Pacem first phrase in rhythm

Summary

This week our main focus was putting the first phrase in rhythm. Before you play the phrase in rhythm, listen to the recording and count the subdivided beats out loud (1 + 2 + 3 +). Follow along in your music and pay attention to where the beats land. It seems like a silly exercise, but it’s going to be crucial in developing your ability to read rhythm in real time down the road.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play the two octave G Scale with Single notes and rests
Comfortably play the first phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem in Rhythm.

How to Practice this at home

Dona Nobis Pacem: Go through the music away from the violin counting out the subdivided rhythm, following along with the music and listening to the recording 5-7 times. Practice two measure sections of the first phrase in rhythm 5-7 times. Play through the first phrase in rhythm 3 times.

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Violin Intermediate Week #2

List of Goals for the week:

  • Scale: 2 octave G scale

  • Technique: Note Reading Review

  • Repertoire: Dona Nobis Pacem full first phrase notes

Summary

This week we put both octaves of the G scale together. Be careful to use high second fingers on G and D and low second fingers on A and E and be mentally prepared for when the switch happens. We also reviewed note reading and added the notes for the rest of the first phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem.

Assignment for next week

Comfortable play the two octave G scale with two bows per note and rests
Comfortably (and slowly) play through the notes of the full first phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem.

How to Practice this at home

G Scale: Practice each octave individually twice, then play the whole scale 3 times with all the right notes, clear tone and good intonation.
Dona Nobis Pacem: Go through the music away from the violin saying the notes out loud 5-10 times. Circle open strings and mark note names and fingers accordingly. Play each half of the phrase 7-10 times. Play through the first phrase 3-5 times.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

Dona Nobis Pacem Sheet Music

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Violin Intermediate: Week #1

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: 1 octave G scale review

  • Scale: G scale lower octave

  • Technique: Note Reading

  • Repertoire: Dona Nobis Pacem First Phrase Notes

Summary

This week we learned the lower octave of the G major scale. The fingering for this is the exact same as the A major scale from beginner 1, it just starts on open G instead of open A. We also talked about reading music and applied that new knowledge to the first half of the first phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem (our piece for this semester). Use the attached cheat sheets to decode each note of Dona Nobis Pacem. 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 G Major scale separately

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

  • Comfortably be able to play though the first phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem 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.

Dona Nobis Pacem: Go through the music away from the violin 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.

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