Welcome to your lesson notes page Charlotte!

Mon 16th May 2022

Ecossaise in G

  • Start with a warm-up G major scale.
  • Next, play the piece nice and slowly. Watch out for your low 2nd finger tuning in bar 6.
  • Aim nice and high with your 4th fingers in bars 1 and 9.
  • Work on getting this comfortable at crotchet = 120. Start at a lower speed if you need to.

17. On the go!

  • Try this at metronome mark 68, then notch your way up to 84 each time you play it.

Next, try a 1 octave C major scale (remember, no sharps!).

Yodelling Song

  • Remember to keep those 2nd fingers low – right up close to your 1sts! Remind yourself of this
  • Pick a speed that works for the section from bar 9 – use this to help you pick your quaver speed at the start.
  • Careful of the minims, especially in bars 8 and 20.

Takin’ It Easy

  • Learn this for next lesson.

Mon 25th Apr 2022

Ecossaise in G

  • Play a 2 octave G major scale before you start.
  • Next, play the piece nice and slowly. Watch out for your low 2nd finger tuning in bar 6.
  • Imagine “I am Charlotte Price” in bars 17 and 18.
  • Aim nice and high with F#s in 19 and 27.
  • Aim for faster string crossings in bars 23 and 31.

Fiddle Time Rag

  • Try the rhythm of the first line on one note before you begin.
  • Play through with the backing track.

16. Playing on the Ol’ Banjo

  • Make sure you can fit 4 semiquavers into each crotchet (eg. bars 6 and 10, 18 and 22).
  • Play this one with the backing track too, but make sure you’ve looked through the geography of the piece first!

17. On the go!

  • Practice the first bar and then bar 13 to really feel the difference between your low and high 2nd finger positions before you start.
  • In this one too, look out for crotchet bars that need to be longer.
  • Take a retake at the end of bar 20.

Mon 28th Mar 2022

Merrily danced the Quaker’s Wife

  • This is getting better each week!
  • Try to keep your bow arm as relaxed as possible.
  • Look out for the G naturals.
  • Think of the rhythm of the first few bars before you start so you can hit the ground running.

O Leave Your Sheep

  • Practice this with the backing track to help your rhythm.

Pick a Bale of Cotton

  • Aim for no hesitations.

Finale from the “Water Music”

  • Count to 3 twice in your head before start.
  • Subdivide as you play bar 1 to help you play bar 2 (thinking “1+2+3+”).
  • Use the quavers in bar 11 to help with the length of bar 12’s minim.
  • Add the dynamics now.

Ecossaise in G

  • Subdivide bar 4’s minim into 4 to prepare for bar 5.
  • Low 2 in bar 6, ideally without a hesitation!
  • In the section from 17, make a big difference between high F#s and low C naturals.

Mon 21st Mar 2022

Merrily danced the Quaker’s Wife

  • Listen to the backing track before you play it to get a good feel for the rhythms.
  • Play this confidently, looking out for low 2nd fingers.

O Leave Your Sheep

  • Count to 3 before you start to get the crotchet pulse, so you can count your minims and dotted minims.
  • Try playing it with a metronomoe set to 90.
  • Try to look ahead so you know what note is coming next.
  • High 2s for the F#s and low 2s for the C naturals.

Start looking at Allegretto in G for next time.

Mon 14th Mar 2022

Chase in the Dark

  • Keep this for another week. You’re doing really well on the rhythms when the notes are siple, but look out for bars 9 and 25, and 17.

Merrily danced the Quaker’s Wife

  • Start this in the middle of the bow.
  • Make sure the first 4 notes are all the same length.

Playing these two with the backing tracks will be really helpful.

Learn at least the next two pieces, and maybe even the next 3 or 4!

Mon 7th Mar 2022

Banyan Tree

  • Practice this along with my practice tracks which I’ll upload later, including learning the 2nd part.

Heat Haze

  • Try not to hesitate as change line.
  • See if you can get your rhythm on the last line as accurate as the previous lines.

Medieval tale

  • Think in quavers when you have dotted rhythms.

Cornish May Song

  • Keep the crotchet pulse in your head to help you play the quavers fast enough.
  • Try lines 3 and 4 with 4th fingers.

Chase in the Dark

  • Have a think about the rhythm before you start playing. Remember the crotchets are long and the quavers are short.

Merrily danced the Quaker’s Wife

  • Again, pay attention to short quavers and long crotchets.

Once you’ve practised all these pieces, try them with the backing track too.

Mon 28th Feb 2022

He’s A Pirate

  • Play a D minor scale to warm up. Listen carefully to the tuning of the F natural, B flat and C sharp in particular.
  • Find all your 4th fingers and tune them really carefully.
  • Think lots about how your 1st fingers should be.

Fiddle Time Runners

  • Devour as much of this as you can! Try to work on a double page spread at a time, looking at all the details like rhythms and key signatures.
  • Your pieces for this week are the ones on pages 3-5.
  • Warm up with a G major 2 octave scale and arpeggio.
  • In Banyan Tree, make sure you count your dotted minims for long enough,
  • Revise your note lengths – search on YouTube for RIAM note lengths.
  • Medieval Tale – make the difference between dotted rhythms and straight rhythms in alternate bars.
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