Roll Away

Staff-Fingers Variation

Students practice identifing notes on the staff and relate them to the correct fingering on the instrument in first position.

Goal:  Students match the fingering of staff notes to the number rolled on the dice which represents the fingering. The  first person to "roll away" all of their cards wins the game!

Prior Knowledge

* Students have knowledge of the notes on the staff and their relationship to each string on the instrument.

* Students know that in first position all lines are 1st and 3rd fingers and all spaces are open, 2nd or 4th fingers.

* Students are able to identify first, second, third and fourth fingers on their left hand.


* 1 set of Treble Cleff Staff Notation Cards (MMG Grand Staff Cards treble clef sets or flashcards such as the ones found here these actually have the fingering on the back so it's less like a test and students can check their work)

* Dice


* Shuffle 1 set of staff notecards.

* Deal all cards out to two players. 

* Each player places three cards face up (staff notation up) in front of them and the rest remain in a pile they hold in one hand. 

Play By Play

* The first player rolls the dice. If they have a staff note card face up that matches that fingering they may discard it in the center. They replace that card from their pile so that they continue to have 3 cards face up until they "roll away" all of their cards.

* KEY: 1 = first finger, 2=second finger, 3 = third finger, 4 = fourth finger, 5 = open string, and 6 = note out of first position 

* Extention Option Violins -  4 can also be for fourth finger extention and be a match for high C on the E string

* More Advanced Option Instead of discarding in the center, each student creates a pile for each finger and out of first position notes. At the end they turn over the piles to check their work. See below for sound connection.

Sound Connection

* Students turn over their single piles of cards for each finger. Students read/play/finger the notes of each finger. Ex: F#-B-E-A for first finger. The teacher can also play the notes out of first position (anything above B on the E string)