• Strings Karate Links


    White Belt

    #1: Click on your instrument's name to watch the S.I. video on "Left Hand Setup" referenced on page 6 of your Sound Innovations book:
              Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Posture check - in class only

    #3: Upload a video of you playing #17. Use a steady beat, including rests.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Theory Worksheet #1
              Tutorial Video

    #5: Theory Worksheet #2
              Tutorial Video

    #6: Theory Worksheet #3
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Count & Clap #1-3
              Tutorial Video

    #8: Practice 60 minutes in a week. Here is a practice log for you to download, or you can write it on a different sheet of paper. 
              

    Yellow Belt
    #1: Click on your instrument's name to watch the S.I. video on "Left Hand Setup" referenced on page 6 of your Sound Innovations book:
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello & Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing #28. Use proper left hand shape - fingers must HOVER when not being used on the fingerboard! 
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #3: Upload a video of you playing #32 FROM MEMORY and IN TUNE! Watch your left hand fingers while playing.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Theory Worksheet #4
              Tutorial Video

    #5: Theory Worksheet #5
              Tutorial Video

    #6: Theory Worksheet #6
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Perform a 5-minute concert at home

    #8: Count & Clap #4-6
              Tutorial Video
              

    Green Belt
    #1: Bow hold exercises
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello & Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing #36. Use correct left hand shape - fingers must be on back corners (scroll side).
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #3: Upload a video of you playing Twinkle Variation #1 (Running-running, walk-walk) FROM MEMORY and with a clear sound! Watch both your left hand and bow on the string while playing.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Posture check - in class only

    #5: Theory Worksheet #7
              Tutorial Video

    #6: Theory Worksheet #8
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Theory Worksheet #9
              Tutorial Video

    #8: Count & Clap #7-9
              Tutorial Video

    Blue Belt
    #1: Watch a professional video
               Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing Twinkle Variation #2 (Run Pony) FROM MEMORY and with a clear sound! Be sure to use twice as much bow on the quarter notes as you do on eighth notes.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #3: Upload a video of you playing #64. Use correct bow speed for quarter and half notes. 
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Theory Worksheet #10
              Tutorial Video


    #5: Theory Worksheet #11
              Tutorial Video

    #6: Theory Worksheet #12
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Count & Clap #10-12
              Tutorial Video

    #8: Practice 75 minutes in a week. Here is a practice log for you to download, or you can write it on a different sheet of paper. 

    Purple Belt
    #1: Upload a video of you playing #75. Make sure you are playing A the "new" way!
               Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing Twinkle Theme FROM MEMORY and with a clear sound! 
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #3: Upload a video of you using a straight bow on all four strings - up AND down bow on EACH string in the center lane.
              Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Upload a video of you playing #72. Write in the counting underneath the piece BEFORE playing.
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /   Cello  /  Bass


    #5: Theory Worksheet #13
              Tutorial Video

    #6: Theory Worksheet #14
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Theory Worksheet #15
              Tutorial Video

    #8: Count & Clap #13-15
              Tutorial Video

    Red Belt
    #1: Upload a video of you playing the bow use exercises from the blue box at the top of page 22 in your S.I. book. Play in the lower half, upper half, whole bow, and middle.
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing Go Tell Aunt Rhody FROM MEMORY. Use twice as much bow on quarter notes as you use on eighth notes.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #3: Upload a video of you playing #76. Violins and violas use "4th finger A". Cellos and Basses can shift to play "A" in their new way.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Theory Worksheet #16
              Tutorial Video


    #5: Theory Worksheet #17
              Tutorial Video


    #6: Theory Worksheet #18
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Watch a video of a chamber group performing for at least ten minutes. (You only need to watch one of the videos for credit, but you're welcome to watch more!)
    Once you have finished, please comment on:
              1. WHAT GROUP you watched
              2. WHAT piece they played
              3. WHAT you liked about the piece they played
              4. at least ONE INTERESTING thing you noticed about how they worked together
    Click here to be taken to for the playlist.

    #8: Count & Clap #16-18
              Tutorial Video

    Orange Belt
    #1: Upload a video of you playing #78. Don't forget to use "left-hand pizz". Violins and violas also need to use 4th finger A.
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing French Folk Song FROM MEMORY. Be sure to hold your dotted half notes for all three beats!
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #3: Posture check - in class only

    #4: Theory Worksheet #19
              Tutorial Video


    #5: Theory Worksheet #20
              Tutorial Video


    #6: Theory Worksheet #21
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Practice 90 minutes in a week. Here is a practice log for you to download, or you can write it on a different sheet of paper. 

    #8: Count & Clap #19-21
              Tutorial Video

    Brown Belt
    #1: Upload a video of you playing #96, making each G-string note speak clearly. 
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing Song of the Wind FROM MEMORY. 
              *Violins, violas, and cellos: 1st finger must HOP to the A-string and not lean over to it.
              *Basses: use 4th position
              *Everyone: don't forget there are THREE bow lifts.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #3: Upload a video of you playing a chromatic scale up AND down on ALL FOUR strings.
               Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #4: Theory Worksheet #22
              Tutorial Video


    #5: Theory Worksheet #23
              Tutorial Video


    #6: Theory Worksheet #24
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Perform a 10-minute concert for the people you share your house with! :-) Write down which songs you performed in your Karate Book and have your parents sign off your completion. Upload a photo of your Karate Book page with the list of songs you played.

    #8: Count & Clap #22-24
              Tutorial Video

    Black Belt
    #1: Upload a video of you playing #109 & #113, showing mastery of slurs and hooked bows.
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing Allegro FROM MEMORY, demonstrating mastery of staccato and tenuto. 
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #3: Posture check - in class only

    #4: Theory Worksheet #25
              Tutorial Video


    #5: Theory Worksheet #26
              Tutorial Video


    #6: Theory Worksheet #27
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Practice 105 minutes in a week. Here is a practice log for you to download, or you can write it on a different sheet of paper. 

    #8: Count & Clap #25-27
              Tutorial Video


    Peg Monster #1
    #1: Upload a video of you playing #120. Left hand fingers must be on back corners (scroll side).
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing #124. Left hand fingertips must be on back corners (scroll side).
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #3: Upload a video of you demonstrating proficiency on your newest string: #149 for violins and bass, or #162 for violas and cellos. 
               Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #4: Upload a video of you demonstrating your ability to tune your instrument (with an electronic tuner) using your left hand WHILE playing the open string with the bow at the same time.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #5: Theory Worksheet #28
              Tutorial Video


    #6: Theory Worksheet #29
              Tutorial Video

    #7: Theory Worksheet #30
              Tutorial Video

    #8: Count & Clap #28-30
              Tutorial Video


    Peg Monster #2
    #1: Click on your instrument's name to watch the video on bowing lanes, referenced on page 32 of your Sound Innovations Book.
              Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing on your newest string: #154 for violins and bass, or #166 for violas and cellos. 
              Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #3: Upload a video of you playing on your newest string: #155 for violins and bass, or #167 for violas and cellos. 
               Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #4: Upload a video of you playing #127 & #128, playing with correct pitch.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #5: Theory Review. Complete this lesson at home and upload a photo of your completed pages.

    #6: Attend a school orchestra or band concert (that you’re not performing in). There is a calendar of local performances on Mrs. Phillips’s website here.

    #7: Practice 120 minutes in a week. Here is a practice log for you to download, or you can write it on a different sheet of paper. 

    #8: Count & Clap Bonus Rhythms #1-4 (from the back of the Karate Book).
              Tutorial Video

    Peg Monster #3
    #1: Upload a video of you playing #130. Use correct bowing lanes.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of you playing #169. Count out loud while playing.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #3: Upload a video of you playing #170. Make sure there is silence on eighth rests.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Upload a video of you playing #172. Left hand fingertips must be on back corners (scroll side).
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #5: Upload a video of you playing #180. Play perfectly in tune.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass


    #6: Upload a video of  you playing a chromatic scale on the D and A strings while naming notes out loud. (*Basses: use D and G strings)
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #7: Theory Final! Complete this lesson at home and upload a photo of your completed pages.
               Download final: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #8: Count & Clap Bonus Rhythms #5-8 (from the back of the Karate Book).
              Tutorial Video

    Peg Monster #4
    #1: Upload a video of you playing #140. Use proper bowing techniques and bowing lanes.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #2: Upload a video of  you playing #144. Use correct bow lanes and left hand finger position.
               Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #3: Upload a video of you playing #173. Count out loud while playing.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #4: Upload a video of you playing #177. Count rhythms accurately, and play in the piano lane.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #5: Upload a video of you demonstrating your understanding of the basic finger positions by playing all of the “Finger Pattern” exercises at the back of your Karate Book in Appendix E.
              Demo Videos: Violin & Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass

    #6: Perform an end-of-the-year recital for the people you share your house with! Write down which songs you performed in your Karate Book and have your parents sign off your completion. Upload a photo of your Karate Book page with the list of songs you played.

    #7: Write a short (or long!) essay telling me:
              1-What did you like about Strings this year?
              2-What you would have liked to have done differently?
              3-What are you excited to learn next year in orchestra?

    #8: Final challenge! Upload a video of you playing #185 at the end of your book!!
               Demo Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass
               Instructional Videos: Violin  /  Viola  /  Cello  /  Bass