Welcome Small Ensembles!
Some helpful tools as you work from home:
Information for Debut Strings Blue
Backing Tracks for Practicing and Recording
- Violin I: https://youtu.be/uGUWJstCctI
- Violin II: https://youtu.be/WHMM-SIWed0
- Viola: https://youtu.be/qVnYLi8qysY
- Cello: https://youtu.be/l7W6qzXSoJ4
How To Practice
- Practice at quarter note = 140
- Take only the first repeat
- Practice and record with the backing track
- Pay attention to counting, intonation, articulation, phrasing, dynamics
- Final recording is due on March 1st
- Concert attire (all black) for the final recording
How To Record
- You will need two devices. One to record, the other one to play the backing track
- Prepare your recording device so it’s ready to record
- Put on your headphones connected to the other device
- Start recording (it’s fine to have extra counts in the beginning)
- Play the backing track then play with it (There are some empty counts built in the beginning of the backing tracks. Just start when the recording starts.)
Video File Upload Link
And some background about the time period that your piece was composed in:
There are four main musical periods that we study in western music: Baroque (1600-1750), Classical (1750-1827), Romantic (1827-1900), and Modern (1900 to present). We will be learning about the Baroque period this winter quarter.
Baroque (1600-1750): https://www.classicsforkids.com/music/musical_period.php?id=Baroque
- What are some of the features of Baroque music?
- Who are the three featured composers?
- What else was going on in the world from 1600-1750? Any notable inventions?
Follow up questions to think about: Do you like the sound of Baroque music? Keep in mind, this might not be what you’d listen to while you are hanging out, but does it sound like something you’d like to play on your instrument? Is it interesting to you?