From Mrs. Erika:
These are short videos working on bow hold, posture, bow movements, and more. They also show some great examples of what a good posture and a good bow hold on a little person looks like 🙂 Follow along with your student. I recommend pausing and repeating each exercise a few times, more if your child seems to have trouble with a certain exercise, I recommend more repetitions.
Please also continue with the exercises from the last couple of weeks. It is important to have lots of review to establish good habits.
1) Assisted Bow Hold: Another way to get your child into a good bow hold. Start with the student making a circle with the middle fingers and thumb, then slide the bow in their hand as the teacher does in the video. Really checking for relaxed hands and the pinky and thumb to be bent:
2)Shoulder Bowing and Rhythm:
3)Follow along the video with the various games and exercises. Feel free to pause to repeat a game/exercise or take another look. First year students should avoid the horizontal bow exercises for now, as we will need time to build that kind of strength in their pinky.
4) Posture Game: Only attempt if your student can hold the violin without their hand with no slipping or issues already. If your child is still unable to hold only with the head, work first on getting them to put the violin on the left collarbone and jaw on the chinrest, and then putting enough weight on the violin with their head that it can stay in place.
5) Preludio Students/ non first year students ONLY: Putting Fingers Down
For those that have put fingers down already last year, they may attempt some of this video. Parents that are guiding fingers should be careful that the wrist stays straight (no “pizza man wrist” or “Pancake wrist”) and that the fingers are rounded, creating an arch shape.
“Up like a rocket
Down like the rain
back and forth like a choo-choo train
Round and round like a great big sun
put your bow in your hand
tap your pinky and your thumb
Repeat first part.
right hand: starting from top. Handshake to the rhythm of “Mississippi hot dog”
Make sure their elbow is loose and relaxed, that is what we are developing with this activity.
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.
Students who already know it may also start playing Twinkle with putting fingers down.
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 – page 4