In-person students – just a reminder that we will be back to the studio next week!

Jaron 
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and A Major scales (1 octave, doing our usual posture and bow hold check each time before playing), G Major scale (2 octaves, and practice replacing open strings with fourth finger), and Etude (practice stretching fourth finger more to reach E and focus on second and third lines, playing through without stopping and with a consistent tempo).

Olivia 
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: Review 2-octave Major and minor scales (try to memorise fingering patterns for each scale, and focus on B and B-flat Major – make sure to stretch fourth finger for B Major), Go the Distance (practice full run-throughs and review shifting sections), Spring (first page shifts and bowings, and play through second page slowly and get familiar with the notes), and see if there’s anything you’d like to add to our Zero to Hero arrangement!

Amaia – great work with the fourth finger today!
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: G, D, and A Major scales (1 octave, doing our usual posture and bow hold check each time before playing), and Perpetual Motion (play fourth finger exercises 0-1-2-3-4-3-2-1-0 on each string, stretch and exercise pinky finger to build muscles and flexibility in that finger, and practice phrases with fourth finger 2-4-3-2, in addition to playing through without stopping and with a consistent tempo).

Isabella  – I appreciated your focus while online today!
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: Practice holding violin under chin with hands and no hands (in both plucking and bowing position, and make sure to maintain posture while playing exercises instead of just first few seconds of playing), review bow hold and window washer exercises, practice bowing down-up-down-up on each string, play A-string, D-string, and G-string bowing exercises on the second page of the packet, and practice drawing treble clefs and E, A, D, and G notes on a staff.

Grace 
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: 2-octave Major and minor scales (focus on D minor scales and the shift to third position, especially when playing melodic), Hunter’s Chorus (prepare for final play-through next week, both solo and duet), and Long Long Ago (theme and variation, play through slowly and get familiar with the notes and bowings).

Hendry – great work with E Major and stretching the fourth finger today!
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: C, D, E-flat, E, F, and G Major scales (2 octaves, doing our usual posture and bow hold check each time before playing), D minor scale (2 octaves – natural, melodic, harmonic, review fingering positions for natural scale for the Gavotte), Gavotte (play through first section slowly and get familiar with the notes) and Catharsis (focus on playing second page with faster and consistent tempo, remember we are counting in 2 so half notes are the beats).

Thank you, stay safe, and happy playing!

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