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January 18, 2023
Can You Learn Violin On Your Own?

It is possible to learn the violin on your own, but it may be more difficult than learning with a teacher. A teacher or a school can provide guidance, feedback, and direction, which can be especially valuable if you are starting as a beginner. A teacher will also provide a sense of accountability and motivation, […]

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January 7, 2023
Library Stocktake!

We've completely cleared out our Library as part of our new year overhaul! And we're painstakingly upgrading and adding back in hundreds and hundreds of wonderful pieces of music for you to enjoy - many with new backing tracks and video tutorials!

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January 5, 2023
Am I Too Old to Learn the Violin?

NO, you're not too old to learn! It's a common misconception that learning a new skill, such as playing the violin, becomes more difficult as people get older.

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January 4, 2023
Violin Classes Online

Online violin classes have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a convenient and flexible way for students to learn the instrument. These classes can be taken from anywhere with an internet connection and are often more affordable than in-person lessons.

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January 3, 2023
This Week at ViolinSchool (Week 1, January 2023)

Happy New Year and welcome to ViolinSchool's Programs in 2023! Live classes start again this Thursday, the 5th of January, and Saturday classes begin again next week on the 14th of January. You can find the full updated schedule on our website, in the 'live' section. Remember, you can take part in our live classes […]

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January 3, 2023
Learn Violin Online for Beginners

Learning to play the violin can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, and new technologies make it easier than ever to learn online. Online violin lessons for beginners are a convenient and cost-effective way to start learning the instrument.

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January 2, 2023
How To Get Started With The Violin

How To Get Started With The Violin Everything you need to know before you start to play Get set up ... in the best possible way!

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January 1, 2023
How To Teach Yourself Violin

Learning to play the violin can be a challenging and rewarding experience, but it can also be difficult to know where to start if you're teaching yourself. Here are some tips to help you get started: Start with the basics. Before you begin playing music, make sure you understand the parts of the violin and […]

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November 12, 2022
F Major 1 Octave

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

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November 11, 2022
C Major 1 Octave

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

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November 10, 2022
G Harmonic Minor 1 Octave

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

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November 9, 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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November 8, 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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November 7, 2022

This fun piece swings between the Rumba and Tango rhythm patterns. Hold on tight, and keep your timing as precise as possible!

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November 6, 2022
Cradle Song

Schubert wrote this ‘Cradle Song’ in November 1816 to help his friend get their child to sleep!

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November 4, 2022
Make Shift

Make sure there’s nothing makeshift about the way you make shifts! Glide smoothly between 1st and 3rd position on each string, landing perfectly in tune every time!

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November 3, 2022
Rising Tides

The tide rises ever so slowly as you move up and up the chromatic scale to 3rd position on each string. Remember, a rising tide lifts all notes!!

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November 2, 2022
Deep Dives

Take a deep deep dive, descending chromatically in semitones (half steps) and then make sure you come back up for air! Oh, and don’t get eaten by any sharps!

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November 1, 2022
Schloming - Study No. 1, Op. 14

With plenty of scale and arpeggio patterns, Harry Schloming’s Study No. 1 in C major is quite the workout …. a great way to get in shape, and to stay in shape!

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October 24, 2022
We're Having Some Work Done!

It's time for a refresh! We're updating today, so you may notice some changes to the menus, courses, and library pages. We'll be cleaning out and updating the library and the online lessons, and a few things are moving around ... if you can't find what you're looking for, please try again later! [email protected]

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August 31, 2022
The Blue Danube (Violin Orchestra)

This famous Viennese Waltz by Johann Strauss II was inspired by the river Danube, one of the longest rivers in Europe.

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August 30, 2022
Wellerman (Violin Orchestra)

This famous sea shanty from the 1800s tells the story of sailors hunting whales near New Zealand. Here's an exclusive ViolinSchool / Violin Orchestra version!

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August 29, 2022
Swanee River

Old Folks at Home, often known as 'Swanee River', is a gorgeous melody written by Stephen Foster in 1851. Swan off down the river with this exclusive duet version!

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August 28, 2022
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Bonnie lies over the ocean, My Bonnie lies over the sea, My Bonnie lies over the ocean, Oh bring back my Bonnie to me … a delightful traditional Scottish folk song.

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August 25, 2022
On the Straight and Narrow

Download the sheet music for this exercise from the ViolinSchool library at: This exercise helps you to avoid going out of tune when moving your finger from one string to the next. As we move the first finger towards the E string, it becomes slightly more curved, which can create a tendency to play […]

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