Left Hand Position and Note Reading
- Read notes on staff
- Place left hand on instrument
- Follow director
WARM UP/ REVIEW:
- Review open strings
- Play exercises 1-9
- How do you repeat? When do you repeat? (when there are two dots in exercises 7&8)
- Ask students how many notes could we play if all we could do is play our open strings? There would be only 4 different notes and students could master the violin in one day. But there are lots of notes on the instrument show them a few songs using your left hand.
- Tell students that we don’t just grab our instrument and throw our fingers on the finger board there are three easy steps to get a nice hand position.
- Have students watch as you perform the 3 steps.
- Violin/Viola left hand position-
- Violin/Viola Step 1. students should have left hand against the instrument and fingers are straight up in the air.
- Violin/Viola Step 2. slide the hand down the instrument until you hit the tape farthest away. Students should keep a space under their instrument. (Cup of Soup:))
- Violin/Viola Step 3. curl your fingers onto the instrument where you put tape# Place your fingers on the D String only and place your fingertips on the instrument.
- Cello left hand position-
- Cello Step 1. Student should raise their left elbow
- Cello Step 2. place your thumb on the back of the cello neck in line with the second tape.
- Cello Step 3. curl your fingers onto the tapes with a slight rolling of the hand to the 1st tape.
- Violin/Viola-When all 3 fingers are down you can play a G, 2 fingers down would be an F# and only 1 finger would be a first finger E on the D string.
- Cello-When all 4 fingers are down you can play a G, 3 fingers down would be an F# and only 1 finger would be an E on the D string.
- Fingers should be curvy and round with only the tips of the finger on the string.
- Then have the students go through the steps.
- Watch each step and see if the students are doing it ok. Complement any student that is doing it with the correct hand position#
- Teach students how to play Violin- Violin/Viola Monkey Down and Up a Tree. The monkey is at the top of the tree (all 3 fingers down) He dropped his banana on the jungle floor so he has to get it. The monkey crawls down a branch (only 2 fingers down) he crawls down another branch (only one finger down) and he get s to the jungle floor# It isn't safe her so he crawls back up placing the fingers on each branch until he gets back to the safety of the jungle tree top# Cello-Monkey down Monkey Up a Tree
- Have students turn to 6 and 7 and show them exercise 9-13 and then show them how the fingers change with the notes.
Have students play with the CD
- Share a video with the students on the left hand position on the violin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhXQho--DlE
- Cello left hand position- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MzakhgiokI/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OETDas1jvo
Fill in practice cards.
Try to practice 15 min. a day a total of 1 hour a week.
Get the practice card signed and filled in for next week see examplePractice Card.
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