Notes on the A String and D String


    • Students will learn the notes on the A string
    • Students will practice playing a D major scale.
    • Reading notes with out letters
    • Orchestra music


    • Warm up with pp. 8
    • Steps to a good hand position
    • finger pressure and a cup of soup
    • Tunnels
    • play along with CD


    • Students should review the hand position and put all their fingers on the D String play exercises 10-18.   Students should move their fingers to the correct note on the page.
    • Have some students play a solo on their instrument any exercise that they want.  The rest of the group should try to figure out what song they played?
    • Assign students to practice ex. 22.  Tell them it may be on the winter concert and it is 2 lines long.   See if they can prepare a 2 finger tunnel on the D string. 
    • Have students turn to page 10 and 11.   Take a look at the new notes.   Fingers on the A string D, C#, and B.  
    • Students should recognize the different positions on the staff.   (higher because they are higher notes)
    • Have students look at exercise 23 and notice that there are now 2 Ds.  How will they know which D to play?  
    • The D that is higher on the staff will use the 3rd finger on the A string (4th finger for cello) and the D that is lower will be played with an open D. 
    • Have students play ex. 25 Caribbean Island.   Ask them what they think of when they hear this song? 
    • Have them try to play it and assign it for a solo for next week.  
    • There is one more note on the A string.  What is it? Where is the note located on the staff?   It is first finger B.  Who thinks that they can find their 1st finger B on the A string?  
    • Now you know these new notes on the A string you can now play a D major scale.  
    • Look ahead to page 14 in the book and have students play a song without notes.  Have them sing it first and then try to play it. 
    • Students should be aware that the letters will soon disappear inside the notes and they NEED to know their lines and spaces.

     Games for note reading:

    Treble Clef: Lines- E, G, B, D, F          Spaces- F, A, C, E

    Alto Clef:     Lines- F, A, C, E, G            Spaces- G, B, D, F, A on top

    Bass Clef:    Lines-G, B, D, F, A            Spaces- A, C, E, G


    • Remind students to practice and fill in their practice card.


Last Modified on October 8, 2018