German Dance is a good lesson in sight reading and you did an exellent job on the 8th note phrases.
Next week we move on to Glow Worm (pg44). This song utilizes a lot of staccato to give it the light and whimsical feel. For the staccato (note with a dot under it) you must dampen the strings almost as soon as you have plucked it. The dampening occurs, with a fingered note, when you release pressure on the string. Do not remove your finger from the string; just release the pressure on it.
Another way of dampening the sound is to lightly touch the string with either a finger or any part of your hand. Try letting your pinkie finger (left hand) move to (very lightly) touch the string, just enough to interfere with the vibration.
Glow Worm has some challenges having to do with sharps and flats and also rhythm so for this week, work on getting the notes under your fingers without worrying about dampening too much. If the notes are easy for you, then work on dampening.
It will help to listen to the recording to get the notes and the rhythm of m. 2-3, 6-7, 10-11 and 14-15. The second half of the songs becomes more straightforward in terms of rhythm but has more sharps and flats.
Also practice some strumming rhythms on page 47. double strum is just up and down but the rhythm comes with the accented notes (marked). Take is slow and easy.
ALSO - work on the notes for Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila (pg 48-49). The notes are pretty simple: mostly quarter notes in the key of C. But this exciting song is really fun when played up to speed. Listen to James' version on the CD.
recordings on Resource Page.
That's All! Have fun and send me your questions.