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Orchestra families and students,
During this school closure, I will be posting resources for students here. I plan for there to be a mix of fun videos and games as well as informative lessons and links for unique performances for you to enjoy. Please understand that nothing will be require from you, these resources are here for you if you choose to use them. 

String Instrument Cleaning Tips


  • WASH YOUR HANDS for 20 seconds before and after handling an instrument or interacting with a teacher, student, parent, or other person. 


  • Refrain from sharing your instrument with others. 


  • We do not suggest attempting to clean your instrument on your own. 


  • NEVER use alcohol or bleach based cleaners, or disinfecting wipes on the varnished parts of any instrument; body, scroll, wooden bows, or bow hair. Instrument varnish is very delicate. There is no good way to sanitize the varnished parts of an instrument


  • Schultz strings or Rieman music can provide professional varnish-safe cleaning.


  • If you become sick, consider quarantining your instrument. The COVID-19 virus is known to live on surfaces for several days. We suggest you do not touch your instrument for 5 days after symptoms subside. Instead, listen to your favorite or new music, write music, or watch videos about playing. 

 

Music Games

Classics for Kids - http://classicsforkids.com/games.html

Music Tech Teacher http://musictechteacher.com/music_quizzes/music_quizzes.htm

Soundtrap - soundtrap.com - Create your own songs and loops

Typeatone - https://typatone.com/ - compose by writing words

Online Sequencer - https://onlinesequencer.net/ - a cool way to compose

Noteflight - Noteflight.com - A more traditional composition website. 

Concerts

An updating list of all the major classical concerts and events being streamed live:

• London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Always Playing’ (more details coming soon)
Visit: lso.co.uk

• The Metropolitan Opera – ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’ (free)
Visit: metopera.org

• Berlin Philharmonic – ‘Digital Concert Hall’ (free)
Visit: digitalconcerthall.com

• Wigmore Hall – ‘Live Stream’ (free)
Visit: wigmore-hall.org.uk

• Bavarian State Opera – ‘Staatsopera TV’ (free)
Visit: staatsoper.de/en/tv

• Seattle Symphony – ‘Live Broadcasts’ every Thursday and Saturday (free)
Visit: youtube.com or facebook.com

• Vienna State Opera – ‘Continues Daily Online’ (free)
Visit: wiener-staatsoper.at

• Detroit Symphony Orchestra – ‘DSO Replay’ (free)
Visit: livefromorchestrahall.vhx.tv

• Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra – ‘GSO Play’ (free)
Visit: www.gso.se/en/gsoplay/

• Budapest Festival Orchestra – ‘Quarantine Soirées’ (free)
Visit: bfz.hu

• Pianist Boris Giltburg – ‘Lunchtime Concerts’ (free)
Visit: facebook.com or twitter.com

• Opera North – ‘Watch The Ring Cycle In Full Online’ (free)
Visit: operanorth.co.uk

Cool Performances/ Artists

2Cellos - https://www.youtube.com/user/2CELLOSlive

Brooklyn Duo - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk_9hHaw0n1Vbbld6cXyh6A

Joshua Bellhttps://www.youtube.com/user/joshuabellmusic

Yo-Yo Ma - https://www.youtube.com/user/YoYoMaVideos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uiUHvET_jg

Chicago Symphony Orchestrahttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl2Sa1BW9yF55yjqwSLro6Q

Nicholas Walker - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD1lnzx_x9vWAMsEAgrXQXA

Edgar Meyer - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUC79ESQHGV9rlMPmfTAz6Q

Vitamin String Quartet - https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialVSQ

Mark Wood - https://www.youtube.com/user/markwoodtv

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH0B_DiwmtVvsYGWdPhmgrQ

Hilary Hahn - https://www.youtube.com/user/hilaryhahnvideos

Prague Cello Quartet -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9sPNbXInKkYb4_wu9wRcdA

Lindsey Stirling - https://www.youtube.com/user/lindseystomp

Piano Guys - https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePianoGuys

Punch Brothers - https://www.youtube.com/user/punchbrothers

 Bach Suites Documentaryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9yUHx26cYo

Itzhak Perlman - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ-1OLVBbBoObtTkrFbeObg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haxPfFi58ww

Jascha Heifetz - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgiVxQOPT3MBqFnAt8saMxw

Pablo Casals https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Gi1zubJMM5jIlDBJL17ng

25 bizarre classical music facts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1lUR7tLjLA

Practicing Resources

Please be careful while tuning

Online Tuner - https://www.alexdemartos.es/wtuner/

      HOW TO TUNE VIDEO -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWAFbV0bTrw&fbclid=IwAR1cNJ8q1-E2DUZd9EJKLy7CZuIzbb6CpJZbN_CmDBmzTeZ0W820sv3vchI

        Another How to tune video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUA9XlEWsl0

            Yet another how to tune video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJEAI8MeQpk&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1WjuAik8MPzI_uRujVW5ggmox9axWy3fTbAsdNKCAzN1BYjhWL3bqMMw0

            How to tune Vioiln: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_LPOIlTXas&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR25eQKZP_ZIaXtkuYvpU0eUVaVEjit_KPXaubmOpyIuRuCw5hMuZh4jyQo

       Cellos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jATnJs4NWy4

Online Metronome - https://www.metronomeonline.com/

How to hold the violin bow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_p7mzbLyOk

Drones (Great for helping establish pitch and hearing the relationship between notes) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVI_GbJ5havUqteuAGuEcbQ

Rosining the bow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT9Az0e5Xng

More Rosin Tips - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUeg-WfOT7s

Violin Practice Tips -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNj-J8g1azM

More Advanced Practice Tips - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5WY1JQctQA

Practice Routine Tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IE5aCjw2I0

Creating A Practice Routine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XGWB2-l4Tk

Practice Scale Bow Exercises - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFWig-ExSPw

Cello Bow Practice Exercises - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13t_QwbCSeo

The Importance of Warm Ups - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp_3Vo4WFCQ

How To Vibrato - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVMsMnajeNQ

Violin Vibrato in Slow Motion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8OT7EFKE78

How to NOT scratch and squeak - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKS6CwNez5U

Keeping the Bow Straight - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMh4vHLGbKU

Improving Bow Control and Sound - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbWG998uz1M

Beginners Guide to Finger Positions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bx7SiGoRbc

Notes on a Violin in 1st position - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QS8uJVIjZA

Tips to Play Faster - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbyPNxOIif8

Learn the notes to scales Quickly -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wprlxXLc9Ss


Practice Strategies

THE BASICS

*Always set a goal: What musical objectives would you like to accomplish today? Always practice with a goal and don’t stop practicing until you have accomplished something. You may have to adjust your goal as you practice. Make obtainable goals, learning an instrument is process and progress is rarely made quickly. 

*Make a plan (sometimes): planning your practice before you begin can help you achieve your goals. However, not planning, and simply “following you curiosity as you practice” can help you relax and enjoy your instrument. Mix it up!

*Follow a routine: find a place and time that works with your schedule to practice, even if it only 10 minutes after school in the orchestra room. 

*The orchestra room is available during 8th period.  

THE CLASSICS

Start slowly and gradually get faster: If in doubt, slow it down. 

Chunking: Zoom in on the difficult parts of your piece

Don’t always start at the beginning: Start in a different place every time you practice a piece. Focus your efforts on the parts that need work or the  parts that are fun.  

Use a metronome: Vary your tempo. Try playing slow sections quickly and fast sections slowly. Metronomes can be found for free on app stores. If you search metronome on Google, one appears at the top of your search results. There is no excuse for not using a metronome. 

Mark with a pencil: Write reminders about accidentals, difficult rhythms, fingerings, note names, etc.  

More 

Work backwards: Choose a short passage at the end of a section you wish to improve. Repeat or modify until you feel it is improved. Then, increase the length of the passage by starting a few notes earlier. Repeat this process until you feel comfortable with the entire passage.

Change the rhythm: For example: if you encounter a difficult passage with straight eighth notes, try changing them to dotted eighth/sixteenths, and then sixteenths/dotted eighths.  Changing the rhythm this way can help show you where the hard notes are and make you think about notes differently. 

Change the articulations: For example, play the entire passage staccato, and then play it legato. Experience with different placements of slurs and accents. 

Make it fun: If practicing is a chore, change something. Take a break, or ask for help. Turn practicing into a game.

Practice with a friend: practicing doesn’t have to be lonely. A friend can give you an aural model of a passage, give you feedback, and motivate you to practice. 

Memorize: a passage or an entire passage. When you can play a piece from memory, you have guaranteed that you know the essentials and are ready to dedicate your thoughts to other ideas to make the music more interesting.

4-3-2-1: Repeat each not in a difficult passage four times, then three times, and so on. This is a great strategy for quick moving passages because you are able to practice the bow stroke/articulation at tempo while slowing down the fingering.

Improvise: Experiment with your instrument. Create new sounds and melodies. Create variations on a theme in your music. 

Let your feelings out: Focus on the musical ideas you are trying to convey in your playing. Experiment with expressing different emotions. Tell a story with your instrument. 

NO INSTRUMENT, NO PROBLEM

Use MENTAL practice: Read through your music without making a sound on your instrument. Move your fingers and speak the note names or rhythm. Think about your music when you’re away from your instrument. 

Sing it/ hum it/ whistle it/ speak it/ clap it: Singing, humming, whistling the melody and speaking or clapping the rhythm can help you develop an aural model of your music, play in tune, and correct errors.

Use YouTube: This free online resource contains many amateur and professional recordings. Listening to recordings of your music can help you catch your errors and refine your own interpretation of the piece. YouTube also contains many free instrument lessons on topics such as vibrato, shifting, or bowing techniques.  

How its Made Videos

Gut Strings ( kind of gross, you were warned!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ywzxkC0NAc

Guitars - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoL0Ej_J0ec

Violins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcCGY9lScQ4

Violins - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ4rXpbxqDo

Galen Hartley Builds a Violin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xejx48lZVhQ

Bows - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFj1ZkuuFKo

How String Instruments Make Their Sound - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijTEn2q-jFM

Everything You Would ever want to know about the Violin - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL32FBF9B05E51B077


Other Sting Instruments

Viola da Gamba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vosK-NKq9FQ&t=232s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP0YrMKZhkM

Octobass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12X-i9YHzmE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCEYPyUBDAU

Nyckelharpa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sfBcWvVUbs

Hurdy-Gurdy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwyznoWJDHI

Viola Organistahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoZOkGtygjk