Violin Intermediate

Violin Intermediate: Week #6

List of Goals for the week:

  • Scale: 2 octave G scale

  • Technique: Slurs

  • Repertoire: Dona Nobis Pacem

Summary

This week we smoothed out the slurs in the scale and put all the phrases of Dona Nobis Pacem together. We also played the first phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem with stop bow slurs.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through the G scale with smoothed out slurs
Comfortably play Dona Nobis Pacem from beginning to end
Comfortably play ALL of Dona Nobis Pacem with stop bow slurs (this requires some independent work and figuring out some things that we didn’t specifically go through in class, but it’s VERY important that you put the work in this week so that we can work on smoothing out the slurs and developing ensemble techniques next week.

 How to Practice this at home

Dona Nobis Pacem: Practice each phrase individually 3-5 times. Play through all of Dona Nobis Pacem 1-2 times

Dona Nobis Pacem Slurs: Circle, highlight, color code all of the slurs and mark the bow direction of each slur (up bow or down bow). Take each slur and practice it on its own 3-5 times, then try to put together the whole phrase 2-3 times. Repeat this with each phrase.

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Violin Intermediate: Week #5

List of Goals for the week:

  • Scale: 2 Octave G Major Scale

  • Technique: Stop bow slurs

  • Repertoire: Dona Nobis Pacem 3rd phrase

Summary

This week we continued to work on stop bow slurs with the full 2 octave G scale. This gets tricky when on the way down as the slurs happen over the string crossing. Make sure to keep saying “down, down, up, up” out loud to help keep track of the slurs. We also learned the third phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem in rhythm.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through the full 2 octave G major scale with stop bow slurs
Comfortably play through all 3 phrases of Dona Nobis Pacem individually in rhythm

 How to Practice this at home

Slurs: Practice the two octave G scale with stop bow slurs ascending and descending 3-5 times. If you get lost more than twice, take a step back and practice ascending (starting down bow) and descending (starting up bow) 3-5 times individually

Dona Nobis Pacem 3 Phrases: Practice in 2 measure second 3-7 times depending on the difficulty of the section. Practice each full phrase 3-5 times

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

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Violin Intermediate: Week #4

List of Goals for the week:

  • Scale: 2 octave G Major Scale

  • Technique: Stop bow slurs

  • Repertoire: Dona Nobis Pacem second phrase in rhythm

Summary

This week we learned to play with slurred bows (playing two or more notes in the same bow stroke). This week, put a pause in between the two notes of the slur (think of it as two down bows in a row rather than one continuous down bow) As we discussed in class, the tendency is to use too much bow on the first not of the slur and run out of bow on the second so be careful to plan your bow distribution evenly. We also added the second phrase of Dona Nobis Pacem in rhythm and reviewed the first phrase.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably (and slowly) play the ascending 2 octave G scale with stop bow slurs
Comfortably play the first and second phrases of Dona Nobis Pacem in rhythm

How to Practice this at home

Slurs: Play up the G scale 3 times with stop bow slurs using even bow distribution and saying “down, down, up, up” out loud.
Dona Nobis Pacem First and Second Phrases: Practice in 2 measure second 3-7 times depending on the difficulty of the section. Practice each full phrase 3-5 times

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

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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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