Beginner Viola Class 9/16/16
This week, please continue to work on posture (how you hold the viola). Make sure the viola sits on your left shoulder with your lower jaw in the chin rest and your left hand on the upper bout. Your head should not tilt too much to the left; try to keep it as straight as possible. The viola should be level with the floor. Finally, make sure your left elbow points straight towards the ground, and try to stay relaxed. Remember; posture is very important!
On Friday, you learned about the D note and the A note, including where they are located on the staff. When you see one of these notes in a song, you pluck it. To play the D note, you pluck the D string. To play the A note, you pluck the A string. You also learned about beats, measures, quarter notes, and quarter rests. Each measure has four beats (counts). Each quarter note you pluck should be one beat long. Remember, where a note is on the staff tells what pitch it is, and what kind of note it is (like a quarter note) tells how long the note is. So, if you have a note that is an A and is a quarter note, you will pluck the A string and let the note last for one beat. When you get to a quarter rest, you stay silent for one beat. If there are any questions on these concepts, please feel free to contact me!
Practice Essential Elements, Exercises 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 this week in order to work on posture and the D and A notes.
Please try to spend 15 to 20 minutes practicing every day!