El Rio

Tuesdays (2:30PM - 4:45PM)

Practice the following topics this week- November 15th

Check in every week for supplementary material and activities to each week’s lesson. You’ll also be able to submit a video of your weekly practice for personal feedback from our instructors.

Mr. Vince's Classes

Kindergarten Violins 2:30

– A string is next to smallest string (E string), D string is next to biggest string (G string)
– remember to pluck over the black part (fingerboard) of the violin
– keep practicing how to hold the bow the right way
– violin goes on your left side, not the right side, and we pluck or bow the strings with our right hand 
 
Start practicing: 
– G 2 3 4, D 2 3 4, A 2 3 4, E 2 3 4
– E 2 3 4, A 2 3 4, D 2 3 4, G 2 3 4

Ukulele 3:15

– added A minor to practice routine
– C 2 3 4, G 2 3 4, Amin 2 3 4, F 2 3 4, C 2 3 4, G 2 3 4, F 2 3 4, C 2 3 4
– if we can play this in class after Thanksgiving, we can learn chords for Super Mario

Ukulele 3:45

Through The Fire & Flames – Dragonforce (performance song)
Through The Fire & Flames – Dragonforce (performance song)
– on the C string: 0 2 3 0 | 2 3 5 3 | 7 3 5 2 | 3 0 2 3
– keep practicing this melody, and make sure to memorize it (we’re not going to be looking at the music when we perform)
– practice this melody really slowly so you don’t stop in the middle, and repeat it over and over again many many times to build consistency
– once you can do it 5 times perfectly in a row, then try it faster and faster
– see the other parts and example videos below

Mrs. Lauren's Classes

Beginning Strings 3:15

– pillow bow holds: make sure you have soft hands with space between your fingers
– v for violin and c for cello
– 1st finger in D string songs! Play the other songs I gave you!

Returning Strings 3:45

– pillow bow holds: make sure you have soft hands with space between your fingers
– Mary Had a Little Lamb practice!
– new song: French Fries

Returning Strings 3:45

– learned more of Beethoven’s 5th symphony!
-Way to go!

Dragonforce- Through the Fire and the Flames!

All Parts Together
Part 1a
Part 1b
Part 1c

Helpful Videos:

Previous Weeks:

What we practiced this week- November 8th

Kindergarten Violins 2:30

– A string is next to smallest string (E string), D string is next to biggest string (G string)
– remember to pluck over the black part (fingerboard) of the violin
– keep practicing how to hold the bow the right way
– violin goes on your left side, not the right side, and we pluck or bow the strings with our right hand 
 
– bow the G string
– Down 2 3 4, Up 2 3 4, Down 2 3 4, Up 2 3 4
– try out on all other strings
 
– G 2 3 4, G 2 3 4, D 2 3 4, D 2 3 4 if you have time
 

Ukulele 3:15

– review the C, F, and G chords by themselves
– refer to the books for the shapes if you forget them
– need to remember how to play these chords before we learn more chords
 
– think about what you want to be when you grow up/hobbies or things you enjoy doing. Ask yourself how the things we use and learn in ukulele class can help us there?
– eg. coordination is both important in ukulele class and being a professional MLB player; attention to detail is important in ukulele class and being a baker
 

Ukulele 3:45

Through The Fire & Flames – Dragonforce (performance song)
– on the C string: 0 2 3 0 | 2 3 5 3 | 7 3 5 2 | 3 0 2 ↓3
– keep practicing this melody
– see the other parts and example videos below
– try learning the chords on your own if you get the melody down with no mistakes!

Beginning Strings 3:15

SUMMARY:
Reviewed Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Learned a little of Lightly Row by ear
HOMEWORK: Practice Twinkle and the beginning of Lightly Row
 

Returning Strings 3:45

SUMMARY: Reviewed Mary Had a Little Lamb together and practiced each part. 
HOMEWORK: Mary Had a Little Lamb
 

Returning Strings 3:45

SUMMARY: Started Beethoven’s 5th Symphony! Learned some new notes as well like C# (high 3 on the G string for violin, High 4 on G string for cello)
HOMEWORK: practice the first 4 measures of Beethoven’s 5th symphony

What we practiced this week- November 1st

Kindergarten Violins 2:30

– A string is next to smallest string (E string), D string is next to biggest string (G string)
– remember to pluck over the black part (fingerboard) of the violin
– keep practicing how to hold the bow the right way
– violin goes on your left side, not the right side, and we pluck or bow the strings with our right hand 
 
– bow the G string
– Down 2 3 4, Up 2 3 4, Down 2 3 4, Up 2 3 4
 

Ukulele 3:15

– review the C, F, and G chords by themselves
– refer to the books for the shapes if you forget them
– need to remember how to play these chords before we learn more chords
 – think about what you want to be when you grow up/hobbies or things you enjoy doing. Ask yourself how the things we use and learn in ukulele class can help us there?
– eg. coordination is both important in ukulele class and being a professional MLB player; attention to detail is important in ukulele class and being a baker
 

Ukulele 3:45

Through The Fire & Flames – Dragonforce (performance song)
– on the C string: 0 2 3 0 | 2 3 5 3 | 7 3 5 2 | 3 0 2 ↓3
– get the notes down, next week learn chords (and maybe harmony if we have time)

Beginning Strings 3:15

-the Ants song, DAD song, and beginning of Twinkle. 
– played with the fortune teller to tell us what to play next
– stand/ sit game
Homework: beginning of twinkle
 

Returning Strings 3:45

Mary had a little lamb with fortune teller
– “who played it” game
– “stand sit” game
Homework: Mary Had a Little Lamb
 

Returning Strings 3:45

Summary:
Keep working on Ghost of Tom.  It is sounding so great already!
-we will start a new piece next week!

What we practiced this week- October 25th

Kindergarten Violins 2:30

– A string is next to smallest string (E string), D string is next to biggest string (G string)
– remember to pluck over the black part (fingerboard) of the violin
– keep practicing how to hold the bow the right way
– violin goes on your left side, not the right side, and we pluck or bow the strings with our right hand 
 
– pluck E 4 times, A 4 times, D 4 times, then G 4 times
 

Ukulele 3:15

– practice the C, F, and G chords by themselves
– refer to the books for the shapes if you forget them
– practice C (x4), F (x4), C (x4), G (x4) going as slow as you need to in order to catch all the changes
– practice C (x4), F (x4), G (x4), C (x4) going as slow as you need to in order to catch all the changes
– need to remember how to play these chords before we learn more chords
 

Ukulele 3:45

As It Was – Harry Styles
– keep practicing the chords
– practice the new rhythm that I introduced with those chords (long long, short short short short)
– use the right strumming direction (down down, down up down up)
– remember each chord gets this rhythm played twice
– use metronome at 80BPM to practice
 
Through The Fire & Flames – Dragonforce
– on the C string: 0 2 3 0 | 2 3 5 3 | 7 3 5 2 | 3 0 2 3

Beginning Strings 3:15

Halloween rhythms- we made up rhythms to go with each Halloween toy and played the “who played it” game.
– after this, I found out lots of the kids don’t know their string names so we will be working on that next time. 
Homework: play your instrument!
 

Returning Strings 3:45

Summary:
worked on Mary Had a Little Lamb
– played the game “who played it?”
Then did Halloween rhythms working on playing together
Homework: play Mary Had a Little Lamb
 

Returning Strings 3:45

Summary:
Keep working on Ghost of Tom.  It is sounding so great already!

What we practiced this week- October 18th

Kindergarten Violins 2:30

Today we:

– pluck A string 8 times, then D string 8 times
– A string is next to smallest string, D string is next to biggest string
– remember to pluck over the black part (fingerboard) of the violin
– keep practicing how to hold the bow the right way
– violin goes on your left side, not the right side, and we pluck or bow the strings with our right hand
 

Ukulele 3:15

Today we:

– practice the C, F, and G chords by themselves
– refer to the books for the shapes if you forget them
– practice G (x4), C (x4), G (x4), C (x4) going as slow as you need to in order to catch all the changes
 

Ukulele 3:45

Today we:

– keep practicing the chords

– practice the new rhythm that I introduced with those chords (long long, short short short short)
– use the right strumming direction (down down, down up down up)
– remember each chord gets this rhythm played twice

Beginning Strings 3:15

SUMMARY:
Tried the Bow hold fishing game. We attempted to play 7 D’s, D and E song, and reviewed the bow hold lots of times.
HOMEWORK:
Practice the songs we worked on in class
 

Returning Strings 3:45

SUMMARY: Bow hold fishing!
– we started Mary Had a Little Lamb and got through the first four measures as a class.
Homework:
Practice Mary Had a Little Lamb on D string!
 

Returning Strings 3:45

Summary:
We started learning a brand new piece: Ghost of Tom.  
HOMEWORK:
Practice your part up to the A with a square around it – that’s called rehearsal A. Make sure you do the rhythm on the page!

What we practiced this week- October 11th

Kindergarten Violins 2:30

Today we:

– Reviewed taking out the instrument in a safe manner
– Focused on how to hold the violin & bow
– Reviewed the A string and pizzicato (plucking the string)
– Learnt about the Rosin, and how to apply it
 

Ukulele 3:15

Today we:

– Reviewed C and F chords
– Practiced shifting from C to F, and F to C
– Learned a new chord: G
– Tried going from C to G, and G to C
 
Students, we need to be more respectful during class. Ukulele class is not the time for running and jumping around, or mistreating classroom objects.
 

Ukulele 3:45

Today we:

– Allowed time for students absent last week to catch up
– Thank you to students who helped their classmates catch up!
– Finished learning all 4 accompaniment chord for As It Was – Harry Styles
 

Beginning Strings 3:15

Summary:

– put your violins up please song
– rhythms with bow – Mississippi hot dog, Pokémon is fun fun, down pony up pony
– A E F# E (F# is 1 finger on E string)
Homework: practice rhythms with the notes we learned. Try the rest of twinkle twinkle little star. 

Please remember *Rest Position* and listening for the instructor to tell you what is next.
 

Returning Strings 3:45

  • Summary: 
    – hand rhythms (Mississippi hot dog, down pony up pony, strawberry blueberry)
    – bow holds with little buddies
    – finger numbers 
  • We also learned D-E-F# on our violins! Do you remember the two melodies we learned?
  •  
    Homework:
    – practice bow holds on pencils or your bow!
    – practice labeling your finger numbers
 

Returning Strings 3:45

  • Summary:
    – twinkle twinkle little star starting on D
    – rhythms with twinkle twinkle little star
    -Melody vs Harmony. Violins learned how to make a harmony by playing two notes higher. We also discovered that we can embellish the notes to create more textures in music.
    Homework:
    – play twinkle twinkle little star, come up with your own rhythm to share next week

What we practiced this week- October 4th

Ukulele 3:15

Today we became familiar with our instrument, how to care for it and: 
 
  • The names of the open strings
  • The Caterpillar Crawl-0,1,2,3,4 on each string
  • The C Chord!
 
Practice your chords and remember to bring your instruments for every Tuesday! 
 

Ukulele 3:45

  • Reviewed all chords
  • Learned a familiar melody by ear (As it Was) 
 

Beginning Strings 3:15

Summary:

– put your violins up please song
– rhythms with bow – Mississippi hot dog, Pokémon is fun fun, down pony up pony
– A E F# E (F# is 1 finger on E string)
Homework: practice rhythms with the notes we learned. Try the rest of twinkle twinkle little star
 

Returning Strings 3:45

  • Summary: 
    – hand rhythms (Mississippi hot dog, down pony up pony, strawberry blueberry)
    – bow holds with little buddies
    – finger numbers 
    Homework:
    – practice bow holds on pencils or your bow!
    – practice labeling your finger numbers
 

Returning Strings 3:45

  • Summary:
    – twinkle twinkle little star starting on D
    – rhythms with twinkle twinkle little star
    Homework:
    – play twinkle twinkle little star, come up with your own rhythm to share next week