Chamber music warmups/exercises

Ashley said: Feb 4, 2010
 Violin, Suzuki in the Schools
23 posts

I am starting some chamber groups (quartets and quintets) with my more “advanced” students- they range from Book 2-Book 5. I was wondering if anyone had any creative warmups or exercises I could do with the kids to help them get the feel of the differences of playing solo music vs chamber music… things that will help them listen to each other for intontation, rhythm, tempo, articulations, etc. Things that will help them play as a unit…

I have done scales, layering them in 3rds, and some other little scale based warm-ups… but I’m looking for something a little mroe creative :)

Let me know if you can help!

Jennifer Visick said: Feb 4, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

try having them read bach chorales. they’re short and they’ll have to listen & watch each other at the fermatas, and listen to tune each of the chord changes. Try rotating among the students who “leads”.

said: Feb 5, 2010
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

What a great idea! Are there any in particular that you’ve tried? My husband just handed me his book of Bach Chorales……browsing through it!

Can’t wait to try this!

Diane said: Feb 5, 2010
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

Here’s a link to a blog entry I wrote. For chamber music this metronome is a blast. Each player can take turns leading with the metronome in their shoe!

In addition to the Bach Chorales—the Rounds and Canons books are great as a building blocks. Students can first practice in unison, then 2 on a part and then finally 1 on a part.

Michael McLean’s music has always been a big success with groups. The music is pretty accessible and boy do they sound great playing it. Quite an ego booster.

Have fun!

Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

said: Feb 6, 2010
 145 posts

I’m Interested in the music by Michael McLean. Is there a book I can get of his music? I’ve never heard of him before. I’m always on the look out for chamber music for my book 2-4 students. Any suggestions anyone ??

Diane said: Feb 6, 2010
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

You can look in any music catalog for:

Michael McLean
Michael McLean sheet music may be found under Violin Duets, Violin Trios, Viola Duets, Cello Duets and Mixed Ensemble Trios.

Some of my students’ favorites are: La Cumparsita, Preludio, Csardas, Little Fandango plus lots more.

Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

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