In my latest video, I walked you through the melody of holiday favorite, 'Up On The Housetop'. I hope you enjoyed learning this one! If you missed the video lesson, you can still watch it here.
Here are some helpful tips if you're learning this song on the violin for the first time!
This song is in the key of D major. When learning something new, it is always useful to start by playing a scale in the key of what you are learning, so as to familiarize yourself with the finger pattern and number of sharps/flats. This is a great place to start!
In this song, we only use the D and A strings, but there are several string crossings. I'd recommend practicing these string crossings at a slower tempo to begin with. This way, you will be able to play them much more cleanly and accurately when you increase the tempo!
When working on the rhythm for this song, start by picking a slower tempo with your metronome, and have a goal tempo in mind. How fast do you ultimately want to be able to play this song? If you have a goal tempo, such as 120bpm, and you know you are able to comfortably play the song through at 70bpm, you are off to a great start. Just make sure you are able to play the song through fully and without stopping at whatever starting tempo you choose, before increasing the tempo!
Hopefully you are able to incorporate these tips into your learning and practicing of 'Up On The Housetop', and soon you can be performing it for friends and family! :)
Here is the sheet music, if you'd like to see what's happening as you follow along with the video.
Happy Practicing! - Lauren