As some of you may know, Music Theory (the explanations and meanings about how music works, and the science and notations that explain it) really interests me. In college, music theory was somewhat of a challenge to me. Because it was such a challenge to me, I ended up taking more of an interest in it after college. I see now how vital this knowledge is for young musicians. I have grown passionate about incorporating music theory into every lesson I teach. No matter what age or level of my students, I try to include theory. To be a fully engaged and educated musician, it is important to understand the language of music. Understanding theory helps one relate to other instrumentalists in any genre or style. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of ‘I’m learning the violin’, and then only think about playing the instrument. In reality, being an instrumentalist is just one part of being a musician. Yes, you need to learn the intricacies of your instrument. But what about rhythm, scales, intervals, harmonies, chords, vocabulary, ear training and notation?
Recently I have found some more great resources to use during lessons. If you have questions about them, please let me know.
For me, there will always be more to learn. This is somewhat intimidating, but also exciting!
Happy Thursday everyone!!
I have started the process of recording a few supplemental video lessons for my students to help aid their weekly practice. I think these videos will be useful in reinforcing concepts I teach during each private lesson. It can be hard to remember everything we touch on, so these can be little reminders during your practice times. If you have requests for video lessons please contact me. Below is a sample of a few lessons I recently recorded to give you an idea of what they look like.
Stay sharp my friends! (unless the accidental tells you differently)
When first starting any instrument one of the hardest things for me (when learning violin and piano) was learning the notes names & associating them with certain fingers. Knowing note names is like learning a musical alphabet. You may not necessarily need to know the names of the notes and may be able to play music by ear which is wonderful! But, if you do know the note names it is a reference point that will help you connect with other musicians and instruments that may play in different keys.
For instance you probably know that C-A-T spells cat. You first needed to learn the alphabet, then how the symbols made certain sounds, and then how when in a certain order they spelled a certain word.
The same thing happens in music: D-F#-A spells a D Major chord. First you need to learn the note names, then how to associate them with fingers, and then how in that order they sound really great together and make a chord.
Below are some wonderful websites to help you in your beginning journey to learning the first position notes of the violin which is an instrument that is written in the treble clef.
P.S. The survey from my last post is coming up with some great responses! Keep it up. I will start my next blog post from your feedback soon.
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