From Mrs. Erika:
Continue practicing a good violin hold (emphasis on the chin tuck to keep the violin up without the hands).
-String Game (listening development) pluck a string and get them to same E,A,D, or G and/or do the movements we did in class.
-Ant Song: Continue working on this with the plucks on each string.
Each Each Each Each and Every
Ant Ant Ant Digging in the
Dirt Dirt Dirt All the way to
Greece Greece Greece
-Arm Scrubs: “Dirty Doggy Scrub Scrub”
-Continue working on bow holds. They are looking much better but still need refining. Remember the thumb should be on the metal and bent. Feel free to use the bow hold games we have done in the past as review!
-Shoulder Bowing: start from the “square” (bow arm makes a right angle at the elbow) with the bow on the shoulder. Weight can and should go into the shoulder through the bow. Remember to have a good bow hold the whole time!
My turn your turn: like we did in class. Bow on the violin. Make sure they have a good bow hold and violin hold still. start from the “square” like in the shoulder bowing, and help them move the bow by opening the arm. I will move them by gently holding their arm up to the correct level to be on the string and moving the bow itself (holding it close to where their hand is). If anyone is ready for this step but confused by this please feel free to ask questions next class.
The idea is to get them to copy your sound when you are moving the bow parallel to the bridge and get their elbow joint to open up. I will do it for them a few times (don’t let them “help” you move it) and then let them try, and then go back and forth for a little bit.
A String and E string concerto: play mississippi hot dog 12 times in a row on A. If this goes well, try this on E (give them some time to rest though)
Monkey Song: Sing it first, then try on the violin, pausing before each new finger to give them time to put it down.
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.
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 7_Instrument Clefs