P4 - B5


  • Recognise and play with secure intonation
  • Adjust and effect changes to intonation aurally (re. markers in activities)
  • Use double stopping in first position

Continue to give learners exercises that help them to develop shifting and position work with accuracy and speed.

Ask learners to play a wide range of major, minor and chromatic scales, modes, etc. over two octaves, using a variety of articulations.

Ensure that learners are aware of tuning within a harmonic context, e.g. the rising leading note.

Ask learners to play a wide range of arpeggios over two octaves, using a variety of articulations.

Introduce the notes of the dominant and diminished seventh. Encourage learners to listen to the intonation within a harmonic context.

Help learners to be able to identify and demonstrate all diatonic intervals.

Learners should demonstrate an awareness of intonation within different tonalities and develop intonation in relation to the harmonic context and the functions of intervals, e.g. harmonic tensions and resolutions.

Ask learners to play pieces and exercises that practise playing double stopping in first position. For example, on viola or cello:

  • Play the A Dorian scale on the upper string with ‘organum’ fifth below. All fingers straddle both strings. L’homme armé in A is a good melody to practise this.
  • Show learners how to double stop the G major scale across the G and D strings using chords I, IV and V.

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