Thanks for a great lesson last week. Thank to you all of you for being prepared and excited to play!
Please be sure to bring in your practice guidelines agreement form if you have not done so!
Please review the bowing exercises from week one. Here are some details to remember:
1. Flat wrist when holding the bow (at the balance point)
2. Shoulders relaxed
3. Arm extended but elbow slightly bent
4. Fingers flop over the stick.
5. Violinists: pinky on top of the stick
6. Cellists: all fingers hang over the stick
7. ALL: lean in (pronate) toward your first finger when you hold the bow, like you are turning a doorknob "in".
1. Please read through the set up pages of your method book, String Basics, pages 2-3. It also gives a brief history of string instrument making from Cremona, Italy.
2. Holding the instrument:
*** remember to pluck in the middle of the fingerboard. Look at the pictures in your method book on pages 4-5.
See you in class!
Hello 5th Grade string players!
It was fun to meet you all and get almost all of you set with your instrument, shoulder rest, cello anchor strap, rosin and music. I think we will have a great year ahead.
Your main homework assignment this week is to get comfortable with the bow.
Remember the following:
1. Tighten your bow but keep the dip in the stick
2. Hold the bow at the balance point with your right hand!
3. Keep space between your fingers
4. Have a bent thumb and keep it behind the 2nd (middle) finger.
Here are the exercises we learned last week for your review:
1. Basketball dribbling: with relaxed and curved fingers, bounce up and down
2. Elevator--keep your arm straight but with a slight bend in your elbow
3. Windshield wipers
4. Scrape the sides of the cake batter with the bow "spatula"
5. Creepy crawly up and down the stick, both vertically and horizontally.
See you in class!
Gricelda Calderon, Violin and Cello Teacher