Playing a Solo and Finger Position on the Bow
- Playing a solo
- Finger position on the bow
WARM UP/ REVIEW:
- Play notes on the A string.
- Page 11. Have students read half way down and right back up. Ask why does this song sound like an elevator moving in one direction?
- Have students play up and down the D scale. ex 31 and 32. Ask them why is it important? (because it uses all the notes/fingers that we now know.)
- when they palay playing open A what should their fingers be doing? (getting ready for the next string.)
- Have students turn the page and ask students to pick one of the following songs for next week.
- I will hear a solo on Matthews March or Christopher’s Tune.
- What is a solo? What do you do during a solo? Is is something that you should practice? YES
- Play through the songs so they can hear each what they sound like. This will be their first assigned solo.
- Next week we will listen to each student play their solo and have the rest of the group listen and decide which song you selected.
- Students should start to look at the Dreidel. Ask if anyone can already play it.
- Have students sing it and then try to play it if there is time.
- Show the students the proper shape of the bow hand on a dowel rod or pencil. (Round)
- Show the various steps for proper finger placement and have students repeat steps.
- When we hold the dowel rod students should:
- Find the center of the stick.
- Roll the Dowel Rod on their fingers of their right hand.
- Have them keep a space between fingers. Notice if the finger get close together it is harder to hold the stick.
- Curl the pointer finger around the stick so the stick rests on the the big knuckle.
- Place the thumb on the stick opposite the middle finger.
- Thumb should be SQUARE
- 1, 2, 3 crab claw, roll to the big knuckle and pink on top.
- Pass out dowel rods or pencils and have students emulate the bow hold and check for understanding.
- Have students look at the next page and notice how the letters disappear out of the head of the note.
- There are no more letters and students should figure out how to read the notes.
- Ask students how are we supposed to read the notes on the staff?
- They should answer by looking at the positioning on the staff.
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
- Review the songs assigned for next week.
- Have students practice bow hold at home.