I hope everyone is staying warm!!

Jaron
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and A Major scales (doing our usual posture and bow hold check each time before playing, and making sure you don’t stretch your fingers too much going down the scale 3-2-1-0), and Allegretto (practice playing through without stopping and making sure all accents are consistent).

Olivia
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: review 2-octave Major and minor scales (try to memorise fingering pattern for each scale, and see if there are other scales at school you need to master before the end of the semester), Mamma Mia (make sure dynamics are noticeable and practice middle section rhythms), and Go the Distance (remember to stretch third finger for C# and G# and to have more uneven long-short rhythms rather than even ones).

Amaia – missed you today! Keep on practicing your scales and Long Long Ago!

Thea
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and A Major scales (1 octave), G Major scale (2 octaves, watch out for when your second finger is squeezed next to your first or third finger), Gavotte (practice with a faster tempo, especially the middle section), and Concerning Hobbits (listen to music to get better sense of the rhythms, and play through second section and get familiar with the notes).

Grace
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: 2-octave Major scales (especially shifts in E and F Major), 1-octave minor scales (A minor natural), Judas Maccabeas (with focus on keeping the up-up bowings separate yet smooth), and Musette (play through first line slowly and get familiar with the notes, and look ahead if you’d like!).

Hendry
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: C, D, E-flat, F, and G Major scales (2 octaves, doing our usual posture and bow hold check each time before playing, and listening for intonation and making sure it sounds like do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do), D minor scale (1 octave, memorise differences between natural, harmonic, melodic), Two Grenadiers (prepare for final play-through with dynamics, and make sure not to hold out half notes for more than 2 beats), and Catharsis (practice with steady tempo to prepare for playing together, and watch out for high 3 for C#).

Thank you, stay safe, and happy playing!

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