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Creative Warm-Ups for Intermediate String Orchestra

Sound Innovations Creative Warm-Ups for Intermediate String Orchestra Overview

By Bob Phillips, Kirk Moss, Matt Turner, and Stephen Benham

These exercises are perfect for warming up at the start of rehearsal and can be used with other SI books or as a supplement to performance music.

  • For intermediate players
  • Covers intonation, rhythm, bowing fluency/choreography, and creativity
  • Use in conjunction with either level of Sound Development to create a complete curriculum
  • Includes access to accompanying MasterClass videos to demonstrate key skills
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Your students will explore, develop, and refine their skills through the four interchangeable units: Sound Intonation • Sound Rhythms • Sound Bowing Fluency and Choreography • Sound Creativity. Every exercise includes a brief statement identifying the learning goals for that particular exercise.

Level 1: Sound Intonation

These innovative intonation exercises in the most common keys will develop high-level listening skills through practicing intervals, chord tones and balance, major/minor/ diminished/augmented chord qualities, drones, extended hand patterns-including cello extension pedagogy—and Bach chorales.

Level 2: Sound Rhythms

The structured rhythmic patterns in Level 2 provide opportunities to analyze, audiate, compose, notate, and perform rhythms that emphasize rhythmic independence and develop rhythmic ensemble playing in large-group settings. Maximize learning opportunities and tailor-make your instruction with structured rhythmic patterns. Select from three counting systems.

Level 3: Sound Bowing Fluency and Choreography

Bowing fluency and choreography will refine technique, leading to a characteristic, beautiful sound. These warm-ups focus on playing in all parts of the bow, starting in different points of the bow, using expressive bow strokes, and executing fluid string crossings.

Level 4: Sound Creativity

This groundbreaking sequence of exercises and repertoire, ranging from a 17th-century chaconne to an Arabic/Turkish taqsim, helps develop improvisation and composition skills. The rhythm and melodic riff examples provide a toolbox of material to use while improvising in distinct styles – like classical, jazz, Latin, and rock – or over a drone accompaniment.

MasterClass Videos

Many exercises are supplemented with MasterClass recordings or videos in order to solidify greater understanding of new concepts. Look for the video and audio icons throughout the book.

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