Fling the teacher

7 11 2012

Learn these Italian terms (flash cards at Quizlet):

i) tempo markings set 1

ii) tempo markings set 2

iii) dynamics 

and then fling the teacher!





Nicola Benedetti

29 10 2012

I think she plays a wrong note! Can you spot it? (Beginning, middle or end?)

Have a listen to Nicola Benedetti being interviewed here

She says in an article in the Sunday Times:

“We were just” — she says the next four words slowly, for emphasis — “not. At. All. Spoilt. When we started to play the violin, we weren’t children who were allowed to do anything and everything. We were told, pick something and do that thing properly, and if you are not going to stick with that, then you are going to move on to something else.”

During school holidays, the sisters had to work at one thing for three hours every morning before they could go out to play. If you’re waving this article at your children, point to what Benedetti said next about those three-hour sessions: “Think how much more fun that made the afternoons! I see young children — seven, eight, nine — in the holidays now swimming about aimlessly, frustrated because they have no structure. You already understand at that age the feeling of achievement and reward, and the feeling of relaxation after a struggle. It’s a natural instinct.”

When we started to play the violin, we weren’t children who were allowed to do anything and everything. We were told, pick something and do that thing properly, and if you are not going to stick with that, then you are going to move on to something else.

You might also point to this: “Even people who say they were made to practise and hated every minute of it, I don’t believe it made them worse people. I think learning the art of discipline and routine, even if you don’t enjoy it, even if it puts you off that instrument — it isn’t to make you a solo violinist. The point of it is that you can then apply it to whatever skill may be your choice.”

Do you agree with this?





Intervals

12 10 2012

Keep revising your key signatures and intervals.

minor           major         2nd     augmented

minor          major          3rd      augmented

diminished   perfect    4th   augmented

diminished   perfect     5th   augmented

minor           major         6th   augmented

minor           major         7th   augmented

diminished   perfect    8ve(octave)   augmented

Good going!

x





A start on Grade 5 theory

28 08 2012

So, let’s start with key signatures.

Use

Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle

for sharps (and backwards for flats)

Major sharp keys:

F# = G major (one note higher than last sharp)

F#, C#, G# = A major  etc

Major Flat keys:

Bb = F major

after that the last flat but one is the key

e.g. Bb, Eb, Ab = Eb major

Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb = Db major

For a minor key go 3 semitones DOWN from the major.

F#  = G major or E minor

CHECK YOU KNOW WHERE THE SHARPS SHOULD BE WRITTEN.

Can you write me out these key signatures on manuscript paper all in the treble clef?  Ab major and F# major. 

Treble clef

treble clef key signatures

Bass clef

bass clef key signatures