Pre-Twinkles

Pre-Twinkles, aka Violin (Viola) Fundamentals

What a fun time for you and your child!  You have made the commitment to learn how to play the violin/viola!  As we learn how to hold the bow, violin/viola, Twinkle rhythms, How to Build a Playground, and the Double-Stuffed Oreo, we will be learning very important technical aspects while playing lots of games! 

Learning so many new things at once can sometimes seem overwhelming.  Here are some fun practice ideas for this stage.




Simon Says

We always hold the violin in our left hands and the bow in our right hands. You can play a silly game of Simon Says to learn which side is which. For example: "Put your bow hand on top of your head." or "Simon says 'Put your violin hand on your knee.'" Once students get really good at identifying the sides, you can combine it. For example: "Put your bow elbow on you violin foot."

Rest Position Song

(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Rest position, feet in line,
Scrolls in front, it's mighty fine,
Check your bridge 'cuz it should be,
Peeking out at you and me,
Now it's time to take a bow,
One, Toe, Up is how!

Bow Grip Bunny on Pencil

Have student race to see how quickly they can get a good bow bunny set on the pencil. Remember, the two most important parts of the bow bunny are the bumpy thumb and curved pinky.

Wheels on the Bus
(with proper bow grip)

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town.
(move bow in circles with tip to the ceiling)

The people on the bus go up and down,
up and down, up and down.
The people on the bus go up and down,
all through the town.
(move bow up and down with tip to the ceiling)

The doors on the bus go squeak, squeak, squeak,
squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak squeak.
The doors on the bus go squeak, squeak, squeak,
all through the town.
(move bow back and forth with tip to ceiling and make a squeak sound.)

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish,
swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish,
all through the town.
(move bow like a windshield wiper keeping the thumb bent and pinky curved)

Violin Feet

1. Feet Together
2. V for Violin (toes out)
3. Step to shoulder width








Parts of the instrument song
(sing using the scale)

Where is the bridge? (parent/teacher asks)
Here is the bridge. (student responds and points)
Where is the scroll? (parent/teacher asks)
Here is the scroll. (student responds and points)
(Continue doing this with all of the parts of the violin.)
Parts of the violin on WikiPedia

Look Ma No Hands
(This can be done with the box violin or a real instrument.)

Violin or viola is placed on the left shoulder with the jaw on the chinrest. Left hand should reach across to the right shoulder. (Once this is demonstrated, put left hand with "muffin top" or "table top

Chicken on a Fence Post

Chicken on a fence post, (student plays open A)
Can't dance, Josie! (parent or teacher plays or sings)

Chicken on a fence post, (student plays open A)
Can't dance, Josie! (parent or teacher plays or sings)

Chicken on a fence post, (student plays open A)
Can't dance, Josie! (parent or teacher plays or sings)

Hello Susan (parent or teacher plays or sings)
Brown-e-o! (student plays on open A)" fingers on the shoulder of the violin.)

Monkey Song (Violin/Viola)
(can be played on A or E strings)

See the little monkey (no fingers, ready play)
Climbing up the ladder (drop 1 ready play)
Climbing way up high to (drop 2 ready play)
Pick the green banana (drop 3 ready play)

See the little monkey (keep 3 ready play)
Climbing down the ladder (lift 3 ready play)
Climbing way down low to (lift 2 ready play)
Eat the green banana (lift 1 ready play)

The Flower Song (Violin)

See the pretty flowers (Open E, ready play)
Blooming in the garden (Drop 1, ready play)
See the pretty flowers (Lift 1, ready play)
Red and green and purple (Rock to A, Ready Play)

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