String Quartets for Schools - Recital Pieces Vol. 1 - Traditional works in easy arrangements for String Quartet by Gerald Manning

Gerald Manning
Easy (Grades 1-3)
4 minutes
Classical music
String quartet
Instrumental parts

STRING QUARTET�S FOR SCHOOLS These easy arrangements of popular classics and airs for string quartet are aimed at beginners of all ages who are interested in developing the art of playing chamber music, which depends largely upon the faculty of thinking �chamber-musically�. There are some points that need to be made regarding some axioms of technique based on my own experience in coaching my own junior �quarteters�. In this first album of four traditional airs teachers will note that all four works (except the first two) pieces are in different keys, as I firmly believe that �key sense� is a very important adjunct to good intonation, and I always start my own rehearsals with a scale study of the relevant key. Regarding tempi and good rhythm the bracketed metronome marks are suggestions only for a concert performance teachers should of course determine their own rehearsal tempi. Positions are used sparingly as are bowing directions, but double-stopping, which is very important for the inner voices, is explored fully in these arrangements. Finally try and develop the art of constant hard listening to one�s colleagues, as the reward will be a good ensemble, which literally means �playing together�.

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