These videos are created for you to use as practice tools. Play along with your own part, or with a different part than you play, to hear how it sounds together! Remember that you can slow down the video on YouTube - just click on the little "gear" at the bottom of the video and choose "0.5" to slow it down.
Okay...this week's review, or what to practice for next week!
1. Finger exercise - every time, listen for a good, "ringing" tone, and train those fingers to always go to the same place!
2. Three new notes, this time on the second string (E string): E (open), F (First Fret), G (third fret). Remember to use your first (index) finger on the first fret, and your third (ring) finger on the third fret.
3. Work on page 8 again, this time adding rhythms. We practiced using the syllable "ta" for quarter notes (see chart below), "too-oo" for half notes, and "ta-dee" for eighth notes. I wrote in the counting for exercise 2 and 4 below so you can see where they belong.
Exercise 2 (Page 8):
Exercise 4 (Page 8):
I'm including here a link to a lesson on reading rhythm in music. It's a good lesson, and it may help you out as you're practicing this week: Musictheory.net's Rhythm Lesson
4. Using what you learned on Page 9, play the exercises on page 10 and 11. Page 11 may be a bit tricky because you are going to now use two strings - be patient with yourself, and go slowly! You'll get it!
5. Finally, if you are ready to play some songs that you might know, look at page 12! Don't forget to figure out your rhythms. "Lightly Row" is all "ta" and "too-oo," with the only exception being the last note in each part - a whole note. (Hint: "toh-oh-oh-oh": It rhymes with "Whole")
As soon as I can, I will post a video review. Until then, practice the best you can, remembering your "Lego Hands" and keeping your thumb in the back of the neck.
And, just so no one will miss having a quiz, here's a little game to work on identifying the notes you should now know on the Treble Clef - C, D, E, F, and G!
See below for a video that demonstrates the finger exercise we learned today!
I promised a quiz, (and I know you would be disappointed if you didn't get a quiz!) so here it is...well, it's more of an exercise to help you identify the two notes we learned today on String 3: Middle C, and D. Practice this until you got it down!