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September 1, 2016
ViolinSchool.org is now ViolinSchool.com

We're thrilled to announce that ViolinSchool is now moving to www.ViolinSchool.com. Between today (1 September) and Christmas, we'll be rolling out our long-awaited Digital Learning Platform. If you didn't see our crowdfunding […]

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August 19, 2016
We're Preparing ViolinSchool.com

If you're reading this, you've chanced upon www.violinschool.com during the test period... The new site will be available soon, but for now you can still access our old site at […]

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June 7, 2016
From Sight to Sound... Why Sight-Read?

All about sight-reading, why it's important, and a checklist to help you get things right first time! From Sight to Sound ... 'Sight-reading' is the term used to describe the […]

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October 24, 2015
Violin Notes for Beginners

  When you first start learning the violin, you will also start learning to read music. To a musician, written music is like an actor’s script. It tells you what […]

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May 15, 2014
Articulation

The articulation of sounds on the violin is much like the production of different consonants and vowels in speech, and the nuance in expression of tone. The many ways of […]

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April 11, 2014
Listening

  Listening is one of the most important skills you can have. How well you listen has a major impact on your effectiveness at work, your relationships and your musical […]

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April 11, 2014
Tempo

One of the most crucial decisions to the performance and interpretation of any piece of music is the speed. Getting the speed right allows room for all the intricate levels […]

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April 11, 2014
Violin and Age

violin and ageViolin an The beneficial effects of learning a musical instrument are well documented in young children, and the violin has seen its share of child prodigies, but how […]

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April 11, 2014
Violin Dynamics

  The word dynamics in music refers to the volume of the sound or note. Dynamics are part of the vast array of musical expression and interpretation marks written into music. […]

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April 10, 2014
Sight Reading for Violin

Sight Reading for Violin  “The ability to sight-read fluently is a most important part of your training as a violinist, whether you intend to play professionally or simply for enjoyment. […]

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April 10, 2014
Learn Violin At Home

Search “Learn Violin at Home” online, and you’ll be overwhelmed with resources; video courses, self-teaching plans, books, forums and advice. The violin is a notoriously complex instrument. Is it possible […]

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April 10, 2014
An Introduction to Harmony

  For at least the last two thousand years, the majority of composed art music in the Western world has been made up of two or more simultaneous musical sounds […]

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April 10, 2014
Proprioception

Proprioception, Hypermobility and Violin Playing  Proprioception, from the Latin proprius meaning ‘one’s own’ and the word perception, is the sense of the relative position of the joints, and the strength […]

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April 10, 2014
Electric Violin

  The violin is traditionally built as an acoustic instrument. The shape of the body is designed purely to produce and amplify the sound created by the vibrations of the […]

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March 7, 2014
Using Visualisation In Violin Practice and Performance

  “To rely on muscular habit, which so many of us do in technique, is indeed fatal. A little nervousness, a muscle bewildered and unable to direct itself, and where […]

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December 2, 2013
Ensemble Playing for Violinists

  “When everyone else has finished playing, you should not play any notes you have left over. Please play those on the way home.” Anon. Making music with other people […]

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November 18, 2013
Christmas Songs for Violin

  As Christmas approaches, it is always a nice chance to learn some festive music to get into the seasonal spirit. There is loads of Christmas music available, from carols to […]

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November 18, 2013
The History of the Violin

  Bowed string instruments have been played all over the world for many thousands of years. Medieval instruments including the Chinese erhu, the Finnish bowed lyre and the Indian sarangi […]

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November 6, 2013
Violin Fingering

  When you begin violin lessons, the left hand finger placement must be learned carefully. The violin has no frets and many teachers put stickers or tape across the fingerboard. […]

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November 3, 2013
The Instrument

  The violin is a string instrument with four strings, usually tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest member of the violin family, which includes viola, violoncello or ‘cello, […]

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November 1, 2013
Creating Sound

  How the Violin Makes Sound The body of the violin is a hollow space that functions as an amplifier for vibration. The strings are suspended above the body by […]

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October 29, 2013
A Guide to Stage Fright for Violinists

  Stage fright is a state of nervousness or fear leading up to and during a performance. It is an exaggerated symptom of anxiety. The hands sweat or become icy […]

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October 29, 2013
The Body – Awareness of Balance and Movement in Violin Playing

  The sound of the violin is as close as any instrument to the human voice. The ideal for the violinist is that the instrument is almost an extension of […]

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October 25, 2013
Scales Flesch vs Galamian

The scale systems by Carl Flesch and Ivan Galamian are by no means the only in existence, but they have been the most widely used by violin students and teachers […]

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October 24, 2013
Palladio by Karl Jenkins: A Players’ Guide

  Karl Jenkins is a Welsh composer and musician, born in 1944. He started his musical career as an oboist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and studied as […]

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