Multi-tasking ... notes and rhythm
I currently teach a young girl (via skype, she lives in a different state to me) and she is a beginner. She has a great sense of rhythm (can clap rhythms very well) and handles notes reasonably well but seems to be having trouble doing both at the same time. She will stop at bar lines, race through slow rhythms and slow down through the fast ones even when she clapped it perfectly 30 seconds before.
Does anyone have any fun activities they can suggest for learning and solidifying notes (written notes, connected with fingers etc.)?
Any suggestions for fun activities that help combine notes with rhythms?
Can she play the correct rhythm on open string? Can she do scales at the proper rhythm? Did you teach her that?
My two centimes d'Euro..
I think the first thing is for the student to get a sense of rhythm. That is to be able to carry a beat. If she can learn three rhythms, 60, 120, and eventually 90 bpm in her head that is, I think a good basis from which to start. Then intrude on those rhythms with melody but keep the rhythms going - and "Voila" music is being made!
When my children were in Suzuki Book 1, their teacher supplemented their Suzuki Book with 2 other books:
How old, and what is she playing now?
"will stop at bar-lines";--- some of our rhythm problems are caused by our notation system. The bar-line is not a rest, or barrier, or ritard.
Like Ben already said, let her sing the piece!
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