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September 6, 2021
Sarabande by Bohm

The German pianist and composer, Carl Bohm, really knew how to write a good tune! This is a fine example of a Sarabande — a slow, stately dance with 3 […]

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September 5, 2021
Ronde X

This lovely, lilting, flowing, yearning, dancing Medieval/Renaissance Ronde - written by that mysterious composer ‘Anon.’! - is exclusively arranged for two violins. Take a listen here: This is the first […]

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September 4, 2021
How to Avoid Hitting Other Strings When Playing The Violin

Do you ever find yourself landing on the wrong string, or hitting other strings whilst playing? Do you find that your stream crossings are not consistently smooth? These could be […]

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September 3, 2021
What do you do, when you don't know what to do next?

This is a simple idea, but it really really works. If you're practising a piece of music but you're not sure how to make it better, then just ask yourself […]

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September 3, 2021
Bells are Ringing (Course B)

Here's a new lesson that we've just added to Course B, to help you develop your bow division using and A major scale pattern: You can also find a library […]

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September 2, 2021
The Down Bow and the Up Bow

If you're just starting to read music for the first time, you might come across these symbols which are especially for string instruments... This is called a down-bow ... ... […]

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September 1, 2021
2021 Autumn Term: Welcome!

Here's a short welcome message from our director Simon Hewitt Jones, for learners joining us for the upcoming Autumn Term, starting 20th September! Not yet enrolled for the upcoming term? […]

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September 1, 2021
Good Intonation: Don't Be Like The Boiling Frog!

If you’ve ever found your fingers have drifted out of tune without you realising it, then you’re falling into the same trap as the boiling frog! Do you know the […]

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August 31, 2021
Don't Forget to Check Your Checklist!

One of the things you’ll always hear us say as we start people off on the violin for the first time – especially in our Violin Fundamentals classes - is […]

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August 30, 2021
New Lessons and Coursebook Updates for 2021/2022!

The new academic year is about to begin, and that means it's time for our new Lessons and Coursebooks to be unleashed upon the world! Over the summer, we've been […]

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August 11, 2021
Violin Orchestra at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - August 2021

Livestream & Music Video The Violin Orchestra travelled to Edinburgh last week, to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on Saturday 7th August. The Violin Orchestra is a unique orchestra […]

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August 9, 2021
The Blog is Back!

ViolinSchool‘s blog is returning for the 2021/22 season. This will be the place to find all the most recent updates on ViolinSchool. Our new feature articles and videos will also […]

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July 1, 2021
Re-Enrolment Options: Autumn Term 2021

Information For Continuing Learners: Earlybird! Re-Enrolment now available for a limited time Save $70 / €50 / £50 when you enrol today! If you are re-enrolling at ViolinSchool for Autumn […]

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April 16, 2021
Help Us Make The Best It Can Be!

We'd like to make your experience with as good as possible, and there's no better person to ask than ... YOU! If you have a couple of minutes to […]

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December 17, 2020
The Violin Orchestra - Streets of London (July 2020)
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September 19, 2020
G Harmonic Minor Scale

In the G minor scale, we use Finger Pattern 2 on the G string, then Finger Pattern 1 on the D string, but with the 1st finger extended back.

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September 18, 2020
Twinkle Twinkle BBA

Without using the bow, let's learn how to tap the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers in the right place ... first on your arm, and then on your violin!

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September 17, 2020
Climbing The Scale (G, D, A)

Check your hand shape before you start! These finger patterns will help you develop your left hand technique and make your fingers fast and strong!

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September 16, 2020
Rock ’n’ Roll Rondo

Here is a piece of music in which the tune comes back again and again. In bars 13 to 16, you can create your own melody in a similar style!

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September 15, 2020
First Finger Notes B and E

B sits on the middle line and the tail can go either up or down. B sits next to Open String A on the stave, and is played with the 1st finger.

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September 14, 2020
Sight-Reading 6

These two songs are based on the scales of G and D. Play them through without stopping, and remember to keep a steady beat throughout!

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September 13, 2020
Rhythm Bank 17

A syncopated musical rhythm, where a very short note is followed by a long one, is called a scotch snap. Here are some rhythms featuring the scotch snap for you to practise!

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September 12, 2020
Body Signing

Learn notes quickly by tapping different parts of your body with both hands. Each part of the body represents a different note!

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September 11, 2020
Finger Placements

We place the fingers on the strings of the violin to create the notes. Here are some 'finger numbers' and grid patterns that you can use to make it easier!

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September 10, 2020
Amazing Grace

This uplifting tune has become one of the most popular melodies on earth … play it with lots of expression, and don't forget the dynamics!

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