Violin Beginnings Class
Mason Community Arts Academy
Spring 2019 - Drew Robertson
Our class meets Thursdays from 6:00 -7:00 PM at Mason Community Arts Academy Building A-3, Room 9. We will be meeting weekly with the following exceptions:
No Class - Thursday, 3/7 - Mr. Drew at the American String Teacher’s Association Conference in NM
No Class - Thursday, 4/18 - Spring Break
No Class - Thursday, 5/30 - Mr. Drew at the Starling-DeLay Symposium at Juilliard
For any questions related to schedule, payment, or registration, please contact Morgan Johnson in the MCAA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)993-9889
For any questions related to class content, teaching, practice, or anything else, please contact Mr. Drew at email@example.com or text (616)443-2573
WEEK IV - 3/21
Parts of the violin
Sing through Sunflower Solfege
Group and solo playing of Ant Song, GDG, DAD, and AEA songs
Review parts of the bow (singing up the scale)
Bow holds on the bow!
Two ways to set up the bow:
shake & flop, cover the eye, pinky perches, first finger wraps around like a snake, thumb swings like a monkey and lands on the ferrule
Build a bow bunny (thumb, middle, and ring fingers touching; pinky and first finger extend like ears), then the bunny nibbles onto the bow
Check your position with bow dots on the fingers!
Make sure the bow hold is relaxed! Check thumb muscle, first finger muscle, and pinky muscle - should be soft like a marshmallow.
Bow Hold Games
Up Like a Rocket Song - Check for curved pinky & bent thumb!
Stir the soup; stir the teacup - Soup should be upper arm and shoulder; teacup should be fingers!
Windshield wipers - Forearm rotation
Twinkle Rhythms - Air bow these together and sing (all rhythms begin down-bow)
“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
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: W.A. Mozart