Wednesday, October 6, 2010


COMPOSER: BACH CELLO SUITE PRELUDE Bach of Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 
1. Defined the term SUITE:
.....a. An instrumental composition, especially of the 17th or 18th century, consisting of a succession of dances in the same or related keys.
.....b. An instrumental composition consisting of a series of varying movements or pieces.

2. Short demonstration on the cello
1. QUOTE AUTHOR: John Phillip Sousa
.....a. A famous American band director and band composer opera the late 19th to the early 20th Century.

.....b. One of his most famous pieces was called "The Stars and Strips Forever"

.....c. He was known for his patriotic music. (I like to remember that fact about him this way: Sousa.)
.....d. He is also known as the inventor of a marching tuba (the instrument goes around the player making it easier to carry 
         and play while marching) and the instrument called the Sousaphone was named after him.

2. Reviewed note reading by step
.....a. Explained and showed what line and space notes look like on the musical staff
.....b. Explained and showed what notes moving by step (up and down) look like on the musical staff.
...........1)A step is when a note moves from a line to the very next space (or vice versa) either up or down
...........2)These steps can be thought of like stairs you walk up and down on.
3. Notes that move by skip
.....a. Counting the lines and spaces in between the notes that move by skip
4. How to determine the name of one note on the staff so you can figure out all the other note names from it by using the 
    musical alphabet concept

1. TUNE 

2. FINGERING DO-RE-MI (Students are to remember to keep the 1st finger down when placing down the 2nd finger)
....a. Using the guitar position (for practice purposes only) students reviewed and practiced plucking the strings using the 
        right thumb over the fingerboard while they fingered the DO, RE, MI notes using the left fingers.
.....b. We practiced DO, RE, MI on each string in the CYCLE OF STRINGS and students were instructed to retry again with 
         the objective of being able to place the fingers down without using their eyes; I want them to use their sense of touch 
         and their sense of hearing.
.....c. When able to perform this task they are then ready to try placing the violin up in its regular position and pluck the 
         same sounds, again using right pizzicato.
.....d. We re-did the exercise again using a DO, RE, MI, MI, RE, DO pattern (placing fingers down and then removing them in 
.....e. We started to use the DO, RE, MI patterns in songs; our first one to start on: "HOT CROSS BUNS" (This is to be 
          played on each string in the CYCLE OF STRINGS)
..........1)First sing the solfege to get the tune in the mind first (you cannot play anything well on an instrument unless you 
             can sing it in your head first).
..........2)While in guitar position, sing again; this time singing the finger numbers as students place the proper fingers down 
              (silent fingering).
..........3)Again in guitar position, sing the fingering and/or solfege while fingering on the left and plucking on the right.
..........4)If the last step can be done with ease, then try re-doing it in the proper holding position at the neck.
..........5)Once the left hand fingering is memorized and has become what I term an "automatic reflex" (movements that are 
              performed without overtly thinking because they have become a reaction) then the bow can be tried in replacement 
              of the pizzicato.
..........6)Having the left fingering memorized allows the brain to focus only on the use of the bow; if the left fingers have not 
              learned the movements as an automatic reflex and the bow is used too soon with the left fingers, then the brain is 
              forced to have to concentrate on two completely different movements at the same time... that is very difficult to do 
              and it will take longer to get the song learned.
..........7)Continue to use the UH (upper half ) of the bow only in playing the song and work toward articulating the beginnings 
              of each separate bow stroke.
.....f. We also started another DO-RE-MI song: Mary had a Little Lamb (using same practicing format)
Tomorrow Mary had a SAD lamb open string bowing try out open string holiday song if time

OBJECTIVE: Preparation for Harvest Day performance on October 28th/Hoedown music
2. Hoe Down
.....a. Worked on section B trying to get all the notes to stay together on the violins
.....b. Practiced cello, guitar, piano part separately and they learned to stay together
.....c. Violins need to accent the first note of every 4 in the 16th note passages
.........1)Need to sit properly in the seat with feet on the floor so you can use the feet to help make the accent
.........2)We do not play these instruments with only the upper parts of our bodies
3. Orange Blossom Special
.....a. Violins stayed together but the piano, guitar parts still need to keep steady beats (will work on that next lesson)