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August 27, 2022
Through the Gears

How to move up the strings of the violin cleanly as you change position. Download the sheet music for this exercise from the ViolinSchool library at: Through the Gears ** […]

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August 25, 2022
On the Straight and Narrow

Download the sheet music for this exercise from the ViolinSchool library at: https://www.violinschool.com/library/on-the-straight-and-narrow/ This exercise helps you to avoid going out of tune when moving your finger from one string […]

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August 1, 2022
Don't Forget To Pack Your Violin This Summer!

Wherever you'll be this summer. Don't forget to pack your violin! ViolinSchool's live classes continue throughout the summer on Thursdays and our Saturday courses begin again in early September.

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June 1, 2022
I Like the Flowers

I like the flowers, the daffodils, the mountains, the rolling hills, and the fireside when the nights are cold and I’m singing, “Doo wappa doo wappa doo wappaty wop!

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May 31, 2022
Men of Harlech

Hark! I hear the foe advancing … where are those Men of Harlech! This is a traditional Welsh song about the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468.

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May 30, 2022
4th Finger Exercises

Flex your pinky with this set of 4th finger exercises! Make sure it lands perfectly in tune every time, don’t let the other fingers lead you astray … naughty things!

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May 29, 2022
4th Finger Workouts

Time for some pinky power! Get your 4th finger in tip-top shape - strong and sturdy, supple and sprightly - with this super set of workouts!

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May 28, 2022
Galopede

A galopede is not a type of fast-moving insect, but an especially energetic English country dance!! See how fast you can gallop the galopede, but practise slowly first!

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May 27, 2022
A Game of Two Halves

Who will win in this game of two halves … the lower half or the upper half of the bow?! Each half is competing to be the most exact and the most pleasing to the ear!

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May 26, 2022
Opposites Attract

Are you a major or a minor? A perfect or an augmented? Find out if opposites really do attract in this excellent exercise … a great way to improve your intonation!

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May 25, 2022
Barn Dance

Yeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaw! Get your feet tapping with this romping barn dance, great for practising open string double stops! See how fast you can get the ending!

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May 24, 2022
Brian Boru's March

A march fit for a king … a 10th century High King of Ireland, no less … Brian Boru of the Dalcassians! Brian must have been a fan of dotted rhythms and string crossing!

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May 23, 2022
Humoresque

Dvořák wrote his set of Humoresques in the summer of 1894 when he must have been in a pretty good mood! The 7th one is probably the best known and probably the best!

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May 22, 2022
The Mad Lover

John Eccles wrote this achingly beautiful music for a stage play by John Fletcher, a tragicomedy called The Mad Lover. It’s also a really good string crossing exercise!

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May 21, 2022
Rumbangolicious Arpeggios

Get ready to play the Rumbango by practising these rumbangolicious arpeggio exercises. Feel the groove of the syncopated rhythms and irregular beats!

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May 20, 2022
Study in A major

This study is jam-packed full of violinistic nutrients … scales, arpeggios and lots of string crossings! And, there are 72 bowing and rhythm patterns to choose from!

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May 18, 2022
Second Opinions

It’s always worth getting a second opinions! Hopefully, 2nd position doesn’t disagree with 1st position too much! The aim of these exercises is to achieve consensus!

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May 17, 2022
Second to None

Make 2nd position a winning position with this series of broken chord exercises in C, F, and Bb major. Every note needs to be in tune to win the trophy! Good luck!

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May 16, 2022
Wait a Second

Wait a second, take a moment, and make sure you’ve got the right fingers on the right notes in these soothing 2nd position exercises. Time well spent … every second!

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May 15, 2022
Pastime with Good Company

Hmm … not sure Henry VIII would provide good company to pass the time with, but he certainly knew how to write a good tune! Great rhythms, too … enjoy!

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May 14, 2022
Paganini - 24th Caprice

Paganini's 24th Caprice is the last of his epic set of caprices. This catchy theme has been the inspiration for a huge number of pieces ... an absolute classic!

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May 13, 2022
A Major 1 Octave

Here's the scale of A Major in one octave. Listen, sing, then play along with the track until you know the pattern from memory!

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May 12, 2022
D Major 1 Octave

Here's the scale of D Major in one octave. Listen, sing, then play along with the track until you know the pattern from memory!

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May 11, 2022
G Major 1 Octave

Here's the scale of G Major in one octave. Listen, sing, then play along with the track until you know the pattern from memory!

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May 10, 2022
The Water is Wide

Up the bank, doun the brae, and yon burn-side we gae, where the Water is Wide! Also known as ‘O Waly, Waly’, this is a lovely, yearning folk song that originates from Scotland.

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