Dear 4th Grade Families,
I hope all of you enjoyed your two days off from school. Here are the practice tasks for this upcoming week.
Essential Elements #2 Let’s Play “Open D” – Make sure you are plucking the correct string and are plucking correctly. For violins D is the second thickest string so that’s the string you will be playing. For violas, cellos, and bass the open D string is the the second thinnest string, so this is the string you will be playing.
Essential Elements #3 Let’s Play Open A – Same idea as #2, but for violin open A is the second thinnest string. For viola and cello it is the thinnest and for bass it is the second thickest string.
Essential Elements #4 Two’s A Team – This combines open D and A strings. A good idea is to point to the string you are playing according to what the music says before plucking it. Once you can do this then you can add the pizzicato
Essential Elements #5 At Pierrot’s Door – Same idea as #4.
Essential Elements #6 Jumping Jacks – #6 is the same idea as #4 and 5. However, a clef and time signature is now included. For violins the name of the clef you play in is called the treble clef or G clef. Violists the name of your clef is called the alto clef or C clef. Cellists and bassists you play in bass clef or F clef. The time signature notated is 4/4. This means we have 4 beats in a measure and the quarter note gets the beat. You will see the clef and 4/4 time signature in a lot of pieces (almost all). Practice #6 the same way you would practice #4 and #5.
Essential Elements #7 Mix ‘Em Up – Same idea as #6 the notes are just in a different order.
Essential Elements #8 Count Carefully – There is a reason #8 has this title. It is important to rest when the music tells you to rest. You should also keep a steady beat when playing, this way you will play and rest when you are supposed to. It would be best to use a metronome. If you don’t have a metronome you can search on youtube for metronome 70 bpm (beats per minute) 4/4, it will give you results, and you can use this for practicing. If 70 bpm is too fast for you, you can start with a slower tempo such as 58 bpm or 60 bpm and gradually increase the tempo by increasing the number within your searches.
Essential Elements #9 – Same idea as #8. You can also write in the counting before you start to play. You would count or as we say in the music world subdivide. As you see in #8 underneath the music it is counted as 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. It is another way of saying tade tade tade tade (eighth notes). You can write this in for #9 before you start to play it.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.