From Mrs. Erika:
Please continue with the video exercises and games. Try to refine their hold and have higher standards than before, as well as get them to hold the violin and bow for longer at a time. Please get them a shoulder rest/sponge if you have not already done so and please make use of it! I saw a few of them struggling to keep the violin in the right place because they did not have that assistance from the shoulder rest.
*make sure the violin is clearly on their left side and touching their left collarbone and left jaw. They should be looking at their violin (about 45 degrees to the left)
Having a good posture and good violin/bow hold are the foundations to beautiful playing later on and hard to correct if established incorrectly. Please do your best to do at least some review every day, even if only for a few minutes.
Please also continue listening to the Twinkles of Suzuki Book 1 every day. (this is a good activity to do when they get tired of holding their violin). Feel free to make it fun by having them dance, clap to the beat, color, and more. Feel free to also listen to other songs on the CD
We started learning the names of the strings this week, so this is a good thing to review as well.
Pluck in guitar position: Focus on E and A for now. The other strings can be added if they do well with A and E.
E,E, E for Elephant
A,A,A for Alligator
D,D,D for Dog
G, G, G for Goat
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. Click on the link to print!
Theory homework: Theory Book One_page 5_BassClef