4th Period Orchestra (6th Grade Orchestra) (Period 4)


Canon in D ex. 11 practice with Mrs. Ahlborn

Here is a video to help you practice Canon in D. You can play along with me to solidify your notes or you can play it as a round and start after me at the beginning when I reach measure 4. Good Luck!

Cello position and 1st finger E

Please note how Payton holds her cello. Make sure your cello rings when you pizzacato your first finger E. You need to be pressing down hard enough with your first finger to make a little line on your first finger.

Violin/viola hand placement for 1st finger E

This video describes how to play 1st finger E which we learn about on page 8 in your book. Please note my hand posture - no pancake wrist!!!

More Bow Tips

Here is a little more information like how to rosin your bow and what a bow lift looks like. I mention wiping your violin/viola off each time you play it. You can use a clean towel or as I said some cases come with a fabric cover for your instrument and you could use that.

How to hold a Violin or Viola

This is a lesson on how to properly hold your violin or viola. Please make sure you have a shoulder rest! If you need me to put finger tapes on your instrument, please email me and drop your instrument off at the front office. I will email you back when your instrument is ready to be picked up. If you need me to look at how you are holding your instrument please set up a zoom conference time with me after school when I can help you.

Online Planbook - please check weekly

Please do the Daily Questions each day and email or flipgrid me the answers by each Friday by 12noon.  I will count your student's attendance for being in class if they complete the weekly playing test on flipgrid and Daily Questions by Friday of each week.  Their zoom conference is every Tues. during their classtime but zoom attendance is not mandatory.  We will just be rehearsing.
Here is the planbook link:
Here is the flipgrid playing test link:

How to tune your violin

This is a basic video on how to tune using a snark tuner. Please turn your pegs very slowly. To make your pitch go higher turn the peg up toward the ceiling. To make the pitch go lower, turn the peg slowly down toward the ground. Please have your student send me a flipgrid of them tuning their D string at this link https://flipgrid.com/b4eaad33 Thanks!

How to tune a stringed instrument video links

Here are three videos about how to tune a violin/viola and cello.  The first video tells why and how we use the pegs and fine tuners.  Here is the link:  https://youtu.be/qbufOE9Ya0Q
This video shows how to use the snark tuner to tune a violin:
Remember the names of the strings from left to right on a violin are G, D, A and E.  On the viola and cello the strings from left to right are C, G, D and A.  
Here is a link on how to tune a cello. (I don't like that he is using his bow.  Just pluck the string with your right hand and tune with your left hand.)
Please be very careful tuning your stringed instrument because if you turn the peg too tight it will snap.  Turn your pegs in very small increments while pushing the peg in.  Remember "righty tighty - lefty loosey" .Good Luck!