Dear 4th Graders,
Here are the practice tasks for this week. Remember to always apply the previous concepts we learned to the new concepts you are learning. For instance, the first concept we learned was holding the instrument and bow. You should apply this to other musical concepts you learn. This way we can always play at our best.
Essential Elements #2: Let’s Play Open D. Violins D is your second lowest string, so the string that is the second thickest is the one you will be plucking. Also, it might be a good idea to draw D as presented in the book on staff paper to help you learn where D is on the staff. Violas, cellos, and basses you can also draw D on your staff as well. Please keep in mind D is your second highest string, which is the second thinnest string on your instrument. This is the string/note you will you be plucking.
Essential Elements #3: Let’s Play Open A. Same concept mentioned for Essential Elements #2. However, A is the second thinnest string for violin, the thinnest string for violas and cello, and the second thickest for bass.
Essential Elements #4: Two’s a Team. This combines both open A and D strings. Work on transitioning from one string to the next. These strings are next to each other on violin, viola, cello, and bass.
Essential Elements #5: Pierrot’s Door. Same thing as #4. They just change the order of the notes.
All the best,