Just a reminder that all lessons next week will be online on Zoom! I apologise for doing this again and I promise it will be the last time for this school year!

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 ascending scale replacing open strings with fourth finger), and Etude (focus on transition into the last line and 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 watch out for your hand sliding up the neck of the violin), Spring (first and second pages with focus on the second page, especially the chromatic phrase), and see if there’s anything you’d like to add to our Zero to Hero arrangement!

Amaia
– 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, in addition to playing through without stopping and with a consistent tempo).

Isabella  
– 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 – congratulations on finishing Hunter’s Chorus!
– 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, and see/experiment whether the scratchiness in the higher octaves is from your weight on the bow or too much rosin), and Long Long Ago (theme and variation, play through slowly and get familiar with the notes and bowings).

Hendry 
– 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, and stretching fourth finger in E Major and watching shift and intonation in G Major), D minor scale (2 octaves – natural, melodic, harmonic, review fingering positions for natural scale for the Gavotte), Gavotte (play through second section slowly and get familiar with the notes – watch out for shift to third position and remember that the treble clef phrase is the same as the first phrase in alto clef) and Catharsis (focus on playing second page with faster and consistent tempo and prepare for solo play-through next time).

Thank you, stay safe, and happy playing!

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