Dear 4th Grade Families,
Here are the practice tasks for the upcoming week.
Essential Elements #43 (Mozart’s Melody) – First play this as written. You will be able to recognize what tune this is based on after playing the first measure. After you think you have played it as written as best as possible, please play the tune with the following rhythm: quarter on the first beat, two eighth notes on the second beat, a quarter on the third beat, and two eighth notes on the fourth beat. In other words, the odd numbered beats (1 and 3) are played as quarter notes and the even numbered beats (2 and 4) are played as eighth notes. Make sure your tempo is steady and you are playing with the correct rhythm.
Olympic Fanfare Measures 1 to 10 and Measures 19 to 26 – Please practice measures 1 to 10 and measures 19 to 26 within Olympic Fanfare. The piece is coming along nicely. We just have to sound confident with what we are playing. Think about a trumpet for this piece. Fanfares are typically played on trumpet and sound loud and powerful. Here is a recording you should listen to get an image of what loud and powerful sounds like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qYePsFx7r4&list=RD6qYePsFx7r4&start_radio=1. In addition, measures 1 through 10 are very similar to measures 19 to 26. I would practice two measures at a time. Once you are able to play two measures at a time then practice four measures at a time and then play the entire section (all of measures 1-10 and all of measures 19-26).
Rip Roaring Fiddling Measures 55 to 62 and Measures 39 to 46 – Remember the piece is easier than it looks. Rhythm is essential within this piece. I recommend clapping the rhythms with a metronome before you play. I would start at quarter note equals 110 beats per minute (bpm) then gradually increase to the performance tempo which is quarter note equals 132 beats per minute (bpm). If 110 is too fast for you then start at 100 beats per minute (bpm). Cellos and basses you have the melody at measures 39 to 46 so make sure you are very confident with this section. Violins and violas be mindful that you will have to play quieter from measures 39 to 46, because we want to hear the cello and basses play the melody.
If you have any questions, please ask from 8:00 to 8:15 A.M. Monday through Thursday.
All the best,