Monday, October 31, 2016

Supplement: D String Notes

Beginning orchestra supplemental packet: D String Notes

Once we arrive to combining D string notes and the bow, some students are ready to take off with their note-reading and explore new music.  Others are quite content to stay in the book and on our concert pieces.  I give this packet to all the beginners but spend very little, if any, class time on it so students can really do what they like with it. 

I've included a reference of the D string notes on the staff labeled with finger numbers and letter names along with a box of practice tips for home practice.  Students are eager to try out their new skills on some familiar and not-so-familiar tunes--they're most excited to see the melodies to the pieces they've already played the harmony parts to such as Barcarolle, Jingle Bells, and Twinkle.

Pieces included:
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  • Barcarolle
  • All Through the Night
  • The Huron Carol
  • Dreidel Dreidel
  • Jingle Bells

These pieces also use first finger B on the A string:
  • Twinkle Twinkle
  • Old MacDonald
  • Lavender's Blue
  • This Old Man
  • London Bridge

D String Notes Supplement

And here's a link to an earlier post that tells a little more about this packet as well as the Orchestra Expressions supplement for the beginning of the book: Supplements.


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