2018-2019 Lesson 20

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 80

- learn the second exercise  

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings


Etude in A minor

- Memorize whole piece

- practice with metronome at 72 so that you don’t take too long if a pause between notes  

 

Andantino in C major

- great job with right hand fingerings

- great improvement! Next step is to play everything in time. Try practicing with the metronome set to the eighth note at 80 first  

Carulli Waltz

- start learning this piece. Goal is to learn first two lines.  


2018-2019 Lesson 19

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

- work more on Em harmonic and Am harmonic

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 80

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once


Etude in A minor

- next step is to memorize - work from the end of the piece, two measures at a time 

Andantino in C major

- great job with right hand fingerings

- watch the left hand fingering in the second measure

- work more on the second half, making sure your notes are all correct 

Flash cards

- Try doing flash cards for all strings with only looking at your fingers no more than twice.

2018-2019 Lesson 18

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 80

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once


Etude in A minor

- play with dynamics 

Andantino in C major

- great job with right hand fingerings 

- watch the left hand fingering in the second measure

- start learning the second half in small sections as marked, slowly with a metronome at 60

Flash cards

- Try doing flash cards for all strings with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. 

2018-2019 Lesson 17

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m, especially for G Major.

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on both measures, making sure your right wrist does not collapse  

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once 


Etude in A minor

- great job with transitions!

- next step is to play with dynamics  

 

Andantino in C major

- focus on first two lines

- work on following the right hand fingerings that are written

 

Flash cards

- Try doing flash cards with only looking at your fingers no more than twice.


2018-2019 Lesson 16

Scales

- Always start practice with scales and arpeggios.  

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m, especially for G Major.

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale  

- try learning E minor harmonic if you have time.  

Arpeggios

- work on the first measure, making sure to play the notes with stems down with your thumb.

- once you feel comfortable with the first measure, you can try learning the next measure.  

A Simple Dialogue 

- Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers 

- try slowing down a bit at the “poco rit.” part, then go back to tempo at the part marked “a tempo”

Sicilienne

- Just make sure to play the Re note with your fourth finger  

 

Run-throughs  

- do run-throughs of both pieces throughout the week. 

- remember, take a (quiet) deep breath before you start each piece.  

- try a run-through with distractions.  


Etude in A minor

- first work on measures 2-3, with the metronome at 72. Goal is to get it three times in a row perfectly. If you can’t get seem to get it three times in a row, just try the next day  

If you have time left after doing the above, try the below: 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 29s for all six strings. Good job! Try doing flash cards with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. 

 

start learning the new piece, “Andantino in C Major”

2018-2019 Lesson 15

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72-80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m.

 

Arpeggios 

- work on the first measure. Remember to put down left hand fingers before you start  

 

Exercise 

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers. Focus on doing 3rd finger.

A Simple Dialogue 

- Good job with memorizing the first three lines. Watch your right hand fingerings, and always pay attention the positioning of both hands   

Sicilienne

- rhythm is now correct at the end  just watch right hand fingerings (a finger especially)


Etude in A minor

- work on doing block chords for the transition in the first line. Always keep  3 and 4 fingers close to the strings 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 43s for all six strings. Good job!

 

2018-2019 Lesson 14

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72-80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m, especially for G and Am  

- learn E minor harmonic if you feel ready to move on

Exercise 

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers 

A Simple Dialogue 

- next step is to memorize, one line at a time. First play with music, then play in your head while looking at music, then try playing from memory  

Sicilienne

- great job with rhythms, just practice correct rhythm at th end of the piece and watch 4 finger for Re  


Etude in A minor

- work on one line at a time, slowly with a metronome at 72

 

Flash cards

- continue to go through flash cards for all strings.

2018-2019 Lesson 13

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72 remember to always alternate fingers with i and m. 

- learn E minor harmonic if you feel ready to move on 

 

Exercise   

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

 - great work. Next step is to watch right hand positioning while playing the piece. 

 

Sicilienne

- great job with rhythms, just practice correct rhythm at th end of the second line. 

- watch right hand fingerings, especially when you see “a”. 

 

Etude in A minor

- work on one transition at a time, remembering to keep common tones down and other fingers close to the fretboard. 

 

Mel Bay book

- practice next exercise with high A note.  

 

Flash cards

- continue to go through flash cards for all strings.  

2018-2019 Lesson 12

Scales

- C Major, G Major, and A minor harmonic. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers, and play with a metronome at 72-80.

Flash cards

- today’s record was 35 seconds for all six strings. Keep up the good work!

A Simple Dialogue 

- Great job with piece. Try working on the poco rit. 

Sicilienne

- Practice with metronome at 60, and count out loud. Work on one line at a time, trying to get each line 3 times in a row perfectly. 

Mel Bay book

- practice high A note exercise 

Etude in A minor  

- great start with the piece. Continue to learn two measures at a time.   

 

reminder: play with a little rolled up towel under your right arm to make sure you always have the right position. 


2018-2019 Lesson 11

Scales

- C Major, G Major, and A minor harmonic. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers, and play with a metronome at 72-80.

Flash cards

- today’s record was 27 seconds and 45 for all six strings. Keep up the work with the flash cards!

A Simple Dialogue 

- practice whole piece with metronome at 80. 

 

Sicilienne

- Great job with the rhythm, keep practicing while counting. Try playing along with a recording of the piece (will email later) to make sure you always have the right rhythm.

Mel Bay book

- practice six string exercise 

 

reminder: play with a little rolled up towel under your right arm to make sure you always have the right position.  

 

New piece: start learning Etude in A minor  

2018-2019 Lesson 10

Scales

- C and G Major. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers.  

 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 33 seconds. When practicing, do one round with looking at your fingers and one round with looking at your fingers no more than twice.  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- practice one line at a time, making sure to follow right hand fingerings on page. Try to get each line 3 times in a row perfectly.  Do everything with metronome at 72. 

 

Sicilienne

- much better job with the rhythm. Add one measure at a time, and try to focus on getting the first two lines smoothly. 

 

Mel Bay book

- practice half notes and quarter notes exercise for the sixth string.  

2018-2019 Lesson 9

scales 

- C major and G Major: watch left hand fingerings, and remember to alternate your right hand fingers.  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- work on playing it two lines at a time with metronome at 66. Then try playing the whole thing with metronome. 

- remember to hold notes in the second to last measure for two beats each.  

- watch notes that need to be played with the a finger.  

 

Sicilienne

- first work on getting dotted eighth not rhythm by playing only the top line. Focus on just the first line. Then add the bass notes.  

2018-2019 Lesson 8

Scales  

- C major - play at 60, remember Do is played with your third finger. Play the chord at the end as well. 

- G Major - start working on the G Major scale as well

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- much better job with tempo and rhythm. Learn the last line. Next week's goal is to play the piece from beginning to end without stopping.  

 

Sicilenne  

- continue to work on the dotted eighth note rhythm in the beginning. First march to the rhythm, then try playing and counting out loud. Once you feel comfortable with the rhythm, move on to the rest of the piece 

 

Buffalo Gals

- read the second line. Remember to use i and m fingers to play notes.  

 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 33 seconds. Do two rounds when you practice: one with looking at your fingers, one with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. 

2018-2019 Lesson 7

C Major Scale

- always start your practice with this scale, and remember to play the C major chord (at the end of the line) as well

- practice scale with a metronome beat of 60 (or slower if you find that to be too fast) 

 

A Simple Dialogue

- practice the rest of the piece line by line.  

- once you get each line perfectly, work on transitions between lines.  

- remember to play the Re note with your 4th finger  

- your goal is to be able to play the whole piece through smoothly by the next lesson.  

 

 

Sicilienne

- first focus on getting the rhythm right in the first measure.  Try counting out loud while you play. 

- once you master the rhythm (remember to always alternate your right hand fingers), try moving on one measure at a time.  

- goal is to be able to play the whole first line. If you want to move on beyond the first line, go for it! 

 

Flash Cards

- today’s record was 26 seconds. Next goal is to get it under 25 seconds, and then under 25 seconds without looking at your fingers at all.  

 

Mel Bay Book

- try reading through Buffalo Gals. Work on the first two lines first, then the next two lines if you have time.  

 

REMINDERS

- always, always, before you play, check your right hand and left hand positions.  

- left hand thumb is always behind the neck and not sticking out, and remember to the finger test with your left hand.  

- try to always keep your right hand over the outside part of the sound hole, and don’t let it start dragging towards the bridge.  

2018-2019 Lesson 6

- C major scale - make sure to always watch left and right hand positioning before you play the scale. Also remember to play your strokes as if you are trying to touch the inside of your palm.  

- exercise 13 and prelude no. 9 - run throughs went great today, and good job keeping your focus even with distractions.  

- A Simple Dialogue - practice one line at a time, making sure to keep the tempo and keep your right hand positioning.

- Flash cards - today’s record was 32! When practicing, do two rounds: one with looking at your fingers, and one with looking at your fingers no more than twice.  

- practice Elsie’s Waltz to get practice reading notes on the fifth string.   

2018-2019 Lesson 5

- C major scale - always warm up with this, and make sure to alternates our i and m fingers when you play

- Prelude No. 9 - third line transition - remember to keep your left hand thumb down and hiding behind the neck, and make sure there is space between the palm of your hand and the neck (do the finger test). Always press down with the tip of your fingers, and prepare the Sol note with your 4 finger in advance.  

 - exercise 13 - everything sounds good, just remember to cut the sound when you are done playing the piece. 

- practice doing run throughs of both Prelude no. 9 and Exercise 13. 

- flash cards - did it in about 1 min today with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. Keep doing these flash cards daily to improve your time.  

2018-2019 Lesson 4

 - remember to play through C major scale at beginning of practice sessions. Make sure to alternate with i and m fingers

- Prelude No. 9 - practice with a metronome at 56 to make sure you are always keeping a consistent beat 

- Exercise 13 - sounds great now! Keep it up by playing run throughs of the piece

- A Simple Dialogue - keep focusing on first three lines. We will spend more time working on this piece next week

- flash cards - today’s record was 55 seconds. Keep doing the cards daily, making sure that you only look at your fingers no more than twice.  

2018-2019 Lesson 3

 - Always warm up with C major scale. Remember to use your i and m fingers to play the scale. 

 - Prelude No. 9 - play with metronome at 56 to make sure that you stay in time. Once you can do this, try starting at different places in the piece  

 - Exercise 13 - practice playing from random places in the piece  

- A Simple Dialogue - practice with Metronome at 64. Make sure to hold the melody notes over the bass notes.

- flash cards - today’s record was 20 seconds. Next goal is to do it in under 30 sec, looking at your fingers no more than twice.  

- keep practicing Elsie’s Waltz. Mainly work on getting the rhythm correct.  

 

2018-2019 Lesson 2

- keep up Prelude No. 9 by playing through the piece once a day. 

- exercise 13 sounds great, just remember to prepare your p finger before starting the piece, and play all Re notes with the 4 finger. 

 - A Simple Dialogue - work on two measures at a time, with a metronome beat of 64. Try to get each section three times in a row perfectly. Focus on the first three lines. 

 - Flash cards - today’s record was 29. Try to get under 25 seconds next time!

- to practice reading notes on the fifth string, work on Elsie’s Waltz in the Mel Bay book. 

- start working on the C Major scale as a warm up exercise.  

2018-2019 Lesson 1

Exercise 13

- everything sounds great, just always remind yourself to play Re with your fourth finger.  

 

A Simple Dialogue

- work on the third line - fix right hand fingers, and work on it slowly (metronome at 52), one measure at a time.  

- if you feel comfortable playing through the first three lines, try learning the next line as well. 

 

Flash Cards

- reached goal of under 25 seconds! Next goal is to do it under 30 seconds without looking at your fingers.  

 

Mel Bay book

- eighth note studies 1, 2, 7, 8

- do exercise piece (waltz) to get familiar with the notes on the fifth string