From Mrs. Erika:
It was so wonderful to meet everyone today! I am very much looking forward to this year with all of you. I was very impressed with the involvement of the families and am very grateful for the help and support I have already seen from the families at THSO.
It seems like many of you already are aware of this, but I will say it here just in case.
Parents should help their students practice and guide them through the following activities. Ideally, the parent functions as the “at home teacher” during the rest of the week until we all meet together again.
Review Posture and Violin Hold:
Students should be able to balance a small toy or eraser on their violin since it will be flat.
1) Good violin feet (make a V and small step out )
2)Hips over feet
3) Relaxed shoulders
4) head looking left
5) Jaw on chin rest, putting the weight of the head on the chin rest
6)Violin is flat or close to it
7) If your student already know how to put down fingers, make sure the wrist is straight and fingers curved
See if the student can hold their violin without their hands
See if they can balance an eraser/small toy on the violin while listening to Twinkle variations
See if they can balance a stuffed animal on their head while they hold their violin/listen to Twinkle
1) Mark dots on bow (right) hand as seen in the picture below. Note the pinky and thumb dots are much higher than the others.
2) While sitting, hold your students hand (make sure it is relaxed) and shape the fingers to a correct bow hold, starting with a curved thumb on the outside of the frog, and ending with a curved pinky on top of the bow. I will attach a photo of a good bow hold to emulate.
I know many of our parents are not string players and may not be able to shape it as well as me, but if they can get their bow holds somewhat close to the picture then I will be very happy.
Bow the Mississippi Hot Dog rhythm on left shoulder by itself, then bow on shoulder along with the first Twinkle Variation recording
More advanced players may then try playing open A with the Mississippi Hot Dog Rhythm with the recordings only after they have done the previous activities
Resources For Preludio:
The following link has many pictures of a correct bow hold from many angles for your reference.
Bow Hand Dot Photos: Attached below
Below is your theory homework for the week:
Theory homework: THSO Theory Book One – cover and page 2
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