Violin Beginnings Class
Mason Community Arts Academy
Spring 2019 - Drew Robertson
WEEK III - 3/14
Parts of the violin
Moving between rest position and playing position
Playing the Ant Song
Transposing GDG up to the higher strings - DAD and AEA songs
Introducing our five Twinkle rhythms
“Pepperoni Pizza” (or everybody down up)
“Ice Cream (shhh) Cone” (shhh is an essential silent rest where we do not play!)
Learning the parts of the bow
Bow hold practice on a pencil - Two different ways!
Shake & flop, then step by step
Bow hold bunny, then “nibble” into a bow hold
Check your bow hold with finger dots - look “under the hood” to see if any dots are visible.
IMPORTANT - When building bow holds please consider these common problems:
The bow hold must be RELAXED - it should be so loose the bow nearly falls out of our hand
The pinky must be perched atop the stick of the bow. It will want to fall off the side of the bow or the joint will want to lock in place. Neither are what we need for a good bow hold!
The thumb must be bent and gently placed on the ferrule (silver piece next to the bow hair)
Composer of the week: Joseph Haydn