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    Suzuki Book 2


    Lesson 1A: Tonalizations Vocabulary:

    Sympathetic Vibrationswhen pitches of the same name resonate together, causing a string you are not playing on to activate sympathetically.

    TonalizationsShinichi Suzukis approach to beautiful tone and intonation Lesson Points:

    Ringy 3s

    Maximum ring!

    Roll your finger tip slightly to find the maximum ringdont slide will get lost!

    Focus on posture and bow hold, relaxation, tone quality, and accuracy! This is like a massage on your ears!

    PRACTICE TOOL: Reps 4,3,2,1

    Start with 4 reps, go ahead and fish around, but try to be accurate. On the 4th rep, KILL IT!

    Then, move on to 3 reps.

    Then 2 reps.

    Finally, single reps!

    *Bonus Challenge: Play 3rd finger on the G string (C). This wont ring, but it is good practice.

    Lesson 1H: TheoryScale Construction Vocabulary:

    Ionian modethis is a medieval mode. It forms a major scale when all white notes are played on a keyboard from C to C. (can be transposed to other keys by using black notes)

    Aeolian modethis is a medieval mode. It forms a natural minor scale when all white notes are played on a keyboard from A to A. (can be transposed to other keys by using black notes)

    Solfegea system of singing pitches with assigned syllables for each pitch, i.e. do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do.

    **See Theory Quiz for this Unit

    Lesson 1B: Scales Vocabulary:

    Rotelearning something without any written materials. Oral tradition, or by ear

    Arpeggioa chord played in a broken fashion, one note at a time. Lesson Points:

    A, D, G major scales and arpeggios

    These scales use Hand Pattern #1: half Step between 2 and 3!


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    Use 4th finger instead of open strings!

    Watch out for Suzuki Jail! (pinky)

    Straight bowespecially on G string!

    No squeezing!

    Lesson 1C: Loure Vocabulary : (memorize these!)

    Loure, Portato, or PortamentoA bow articulation in which a long bow stroke is interrupted by a decrease in bow weight and bow speed, causing an otherwise legato notes to be articulated.

    Lesson Points:

    Loure, or Portato is achieved by changing the bow weight and bow speed to create a little bump or interruption.

    Loure can be quite legato, or more staccato. Experiment with both types! Which is harder? Lesson Exercises:

    Prep Exercise: Bow Benders middle, then tip. Maintain bent pinky and thumb!

    Prep Exercise: Loure on open strings; 2 notes per bow; all 4 strings. Experiment with legato vs. staccato

    Main Exercise: Practice your A, D, and G Major scales using Loure; Reps 4,3,2,1 and 2 loure notes per bow. Learn to control the bounce. Learn to change from Legato-Loure to Staccato-Loure.

    Lesson 1D: Judas Maccabeaus Part One: Practice Spots Part Two: Woodshedding

    Composer: George Frederick Handel, German-born, worked in England

    Baroque period

    Judas Maccabeaus is an oratorio, just like The Messiah

    Key: G Major Vocabulary:

    Maestoso-- music in a stately, dignified and majestic fashion (sometimes march-like). Also implies a slow, march-like tempo.

    Hairpindynamic markers that look like side-ways Vs, they can include a short increase in volume, a short decreae in volume, or both; a hairpin is of short duration. If it is longer, it will be called a crescendo or a diminuendo.

    Rallentando (rall.)another word for ritard, ritardando, or slowing down.

    Retakethis is a bow term, otherwise known as bow circles. It involves lifting the bow to place it in an different spot of the bow, usually to do 2 down bows in a row, or 2 up bows in a row.

    Baroque Periodperiod of music from roughly 1600-1750. (J.S. Bach lived from 1685-1750) PRACTICE TOOL: Cold Turkeytry to nail a spot out of the blue, with no prep


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    Practice Spots and Points:

    Four-note slurs followed by loure, especially the one with pinky and high 3

    Listen for Ringy 3s!

    Lesson 1H: Intervals Lesson H will frequently appear out of order to teach you concepts you need to know. We reviewed Unisons, minor 2nds, Major 2nds, minor 3rds, Major 3rds

    Lesson 1H: Triads We learned how to build a minor triad and a Major triad.

    Lesson1E: Ear Training In this session, we covered the following:

    Intervalsunison, minor 2nds, and Major 2nds

    We identified major versus minor arpeggios

    Rhythm snippets

    1F: Repertoire Review As you know, review is a HUGE part of the Suzuki tradition, so each unit will have a review lesson. This lesson will help you maintain your repertoire of learned pieces, but it will also allow you to use your old repertoire to further build your technique! This week, we reviewed just the Twinkle variations from book 1, and you are to NAIL your ringy 3s, and remember to relax and use perfect posture and form.

    Lesson 1G: Vibrato You have approximately 2 months to work your way through the unit from Suzuki Book 1 which is dedicated to vibrato. It is linked to your Suzuki Book 2 lessons for your convenience. At the end of about 2 months, we will start to take vibrato to the next level, so you will want to have all your ducks in a row before that time comes. If this is too much for you to tackle, let it wait. It is wise to know when enough is enough. Most schools do not teach vibrato until 3rd-5th year of playing..and I acknowledge that this is quite early to begin vibrato, but my adult students want nothing more than that mature, expressive sound, and so these vibrato lessons are for you! I know if I dont teach it to you, youll learn it somewhere else.and well.I think you are in good hands with me!

    Lesson 1H: Theory This lesson was broken up throughout Unit 1.

    Learn to Read Music View Unit 1. There will be separate lessons for reading Rhythm, and separate lessons for reading Notes.

    Be sure to do both.


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    Unit 1 Practice Assignments Listen to your Suzuki Book 2 recording faithfully! Put it on your BEST stereo. Listen in your car. Listen

    while you work. Do both passive and active listening. If you can sing these tunes, it will cut your learning

    time in half! Listen, Listen, Listen! You should be actively listening to Musette now.

    Lesson /

    Video Assignments

    A Tonalizations 3-5 min/day

    Practice Ringy 3s for 3 minutes per day; try to graduate to single reps in 2 weeks or less.

    B Scales

    4-5 min/day

    Play A, D, and G Major scales and arpeggios daily. FOCUSringy 3s, no squeezing, straight bow, no Suzuki jail

    C Technique Tune-Up

    5 min/day

    Prep: Bow Benders: 5-10 at mid-bow/day; 5-10 at tip/day; Different string every day! Maintain perfect bow hold! Prep: Loure on open strings; 2 notes per bow; all 4 strings. Experiment with legato vs. staccato Main Exercise: Practice your A, D, and G Major scales using Loure; Reps 4,2,1 and 2 loure notes per bow. Learn to control the bounce. Learn to change from Legato-Loure to Staccato-Loure.

    D Repertoire

    10-12 min/day

    Work on the 4-note slurs. Train your high 3 and pinky. Work on loure. Woodshed, and memorize this tune. Memorize the bowings, dynamics, and where I told you to use pinky!

    E Ear Training

    10-15 min/total

    View this video until you can easily get all the answers right. If time is short, watch half one day, half another day. If you need to supplement your ear training, do it here:

    F Repertoire

    Review 3-5 min/day

    Play all your Twinkle Variations at least in every other practice session. Remember: Ringy 3s, and perfect posture and form! Relax!

    G Vibrato

    5-8 min/day

    View at least Lesson 1G Vibrato Review and begin working on the exercises. Go ahead and work ahead if you can, but you must do at least 1 lesson per week to be ready to progress in 8 weeks. If you have already done this unit from my Suzuki Book 1 class, then you have less work to do! Just make sure the skills are still will need them in 8 weeks!!!!

    H Theory

    View the theory lessons and make sure you understand the concepts. Then take the quiz! Thats it!

    LRM View the Unit 1 lessons for NOTE READING, and also for RHYTHM READING.


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    Unit 1 Theory Quiz

    1) What scale is different going up that it is going down?

    2) What is the only scale with a 1 step in it? (hint: sounds Arabic)

    3) Mark the half steps for each of these scales:

    Major scale 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

    Natural Minor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

    Harmonic Minor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

    Melodic Minor Up: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

    Down: 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

    4) What Major scale falls on all white notes on the piano?

    5) What Minor scale falls on all white notes on the piano?

    6) What scale is the same as the Ionian mode?

    7) What medieval mode is the same as Natural Minor?

    8) What half step do ALL minor scales have in common?

    9) What scale was invented to serve melodies better? (easier to sing)

    10) What scale was invented for added drama and expression?

    11) How many half steps are in a Major 2nd?

    12) How many half steps are in a Major 3rd?


    1) Melodic minor 2) Harmonic minor 3) Major: 3-4, 7-8;

    Natural: 2-3, 5-6; Harmonic: 2-3, 5-6, 7-8; Melodic: ascending- 2-3, 7-8; descending- 5-6, 2-3

    4) C Major 5) A minor

    6) Major scales 7) Aeolian 8) 2-3 9) Melodic minor 10) Harmonic minor 11) 2 12) 4