Students should be practcing their concert music!
#188 Cripple Creek
#193 Rockin' Strings
When The Lights All Shine
How much should students be practicing?
Students should be practicing 120 mins a week! That should be about 20 minutes, 6 days a week, or 30 minutes, 4 days a week, or 60 minutes 2 days a week. The more often the practice, the more consistent the playing will become. A focused practice is the best kind of practcie. Rushing through exercises and songs just to fill time will not help in understaninding skills and becoming a better musician.
Whats the best way to practice?
1. Set instrument up correctly with a stand for the music in a quiet place.
2. Warm-up like we do in class
3. If learning new music use the following steps:
- Say the letters
- Clap the rhythm
- Fix the problem areas
- Repeat for perfection
4. If working on concert music:
- Play from beginning to end
- Fix problem areas
- Figure out a way to solve the problem or ask Mrs. Brown for a suggestion in class
- Repeat again
Common Problem Areas:
- Scratchy/Squeaky/Glassy Sound!
W - weight (how hard or light the bow is pushed into the string)
A - amount (the length of the bow used for each note)
S - speed (how quick or slow the bow arm is straighten or moved. "Play low, bow slow. Play high, bow fly"
P - placement (where the bow is located on the string. It should be perpendicular to the strings making a plus sign in between the fingerboard and the bridge)
- Notes aren't sounding right, even with the fingers on the tapes!
Make sure your fingers are pushing the string the whole way down. "Smush the bug"
Use a tuner app to make sure the strings are out of tune. Sometimes the tapes can move. Mrs. Brown is able to replace finger tapes if they are incorrect.
- All the notes sound the same speed/rhythm!
Make sure you're counting each note correctly. Are the eighth notes fast enough with a little bit of bow in the balance point of the bow? Are the half notes held for two counts using more then half of the bow?
- Can't remember how the song is supposed to sound!
Use youtube as your resource! Many of the songs we play have been recorded by other students or professionals to help with listening. Some Essential Element Method Books even came with a CD to listen to and have accompaniment tracks to play along with.