Violin Lesson 6 – Five Note Scale

My apologies for taking so long to get this lesson blog posted for you! I have accepted a side job that has taken some extra time learning the hoops. Let’s see if we can get back on track here! In this lesson we are going to learn how to play the Five Note Scale on all 4 strings!!

4th Finger Muscle Memory

You’ve been practicing bringing your hand up to the violin, setting up all your fingers using the baby wave, and then checking the intonation of 4th finger with the open string to the right. I hope you are establishing great muscle memory habits as you practice this!

Flashcards

We are getting quite a little collection of flashcards! Keep reviewing them regularly. If we are able to build concept upon concept, hopefully nothing will feel overwhelming. We are moving through a lot of material in just 10 weeks time. My hope is that by the end of the course, you will be able to play some simple melodies.

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Review Test Answer Key

How did you like the halfway review test? Did it challenge you? Was there anything you didn’t know the answer to? Let me know in the comments. Here is the answer key.

Answer Key

Hand Frame to Five Note Scale

Oh this is exciting! Now you are going to practice playing with all 4 fingers on each string!! We have gone over the names of these notes a few times, and how to walk up and down the staff to figure out the names of the notes. It is not super important to know their names as you play them this week, but I would definitely start practicing them. The more you familiarize yourself with naming the notes now, the easier it will be to read sheet music for a tune when we get there in a couple weeks. That is why I have created a couple worksheets to help you learn to read the note names.

This is part of the reason I am getting behind with posting these lessons weekly! I am writing all of this material as we go and as we build, I have more and more content to create. 🙂 So please be patient! This is the first time I have created a course, and the first time I’ve tried to create this type of content; flashcards, sheet music, worksheets, and quizzes. That is part of the reason this course is free! 🙂 We are learning together.

So, with your left hand frame set, go ahead and play the Five Note Scale down the A-String. 4E, 3D, 2C#, 1B, 0A. Keep your fingers hovering just above the strings as you life them off!! This is such an important habit to develop!! You should maintain the hand frame shape as you play. If you can do this well, you shouldn’t struggle too much with intonation.

I’ve put together a sheet of music for the Five Note Scale Exercises on all 4 strings. You will notice that they always go from top (4th finger) to bottom (open string). I did this on purpose as it will help you establish good technique and posture in the left hand. Please DO NOT walk back up the scale YET. 🙂 We will get there, but I want to teach your muscles some good habits first.

Eighth Notes and Eighth Rests

Time for one more note value! The eighth note. You should notice there is a mathematical pattern the note values follow. The whole note is the longest, 4 counts. Cut that in half and we have the half note, 2 counts. Then in half again we find the quarter note, 1 count. Now we are going to cut the quarter note in half and find the eighth note, ½ count. Here is a flashcard visual of the music math for you.

Eighth Note Math

Time Signatures

You will find the time signature on the left hand side of your music, right beside the treble clef. These guys can seem confusing at first but it is important to understand what they mean.

The top number specifies how many counts/beats are in each measure. The bottom number defines what type of note receives one count/beat. Let’s take 4/4 time signature, the most common, for our example.

Top 4 = four counts/beats in each measure

Bottom 4 = quarter note receives one count/beat.

So there are 4 quarter notes, or the equivalent, in each measure. Now let’s use a more complex time signature such as 3/2.

Top 3 = 3 counts/beats in each measure

Bottom 2 = the half note gets ONE count/beat.

So there are 3 half notes, or the equivalent, in each measure.

Worksheets

Alright! That pretty much covers it for Lesson 6!! I’m excited to move into the next few lessons! They will be a lot of work, but we get to dive into some exciting things!!

I’ve created several worksheets for you this week. I hope you enjoy the variety, let me know what you enjoy most about these worksheets!

Five Note Scale Exercises

Note Spelling Worksheet

Crossword Music Puzzle – Lesson 6

 

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