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May 19, 2019
Theme from William Tell for Violin (Level 1 Beginner)

Legend has it that William Tell, a Swiss marksman, was able to shoot an arrow into an apple on his son's head... at 80 paces! This famous melody is his 'theme tune'... and we've just added it to the ViolinSchool Library for you to download!

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May 18, 2019
Video: Rondeau from Abdelazer by Purcell - The Violin Orchestra

Here's a new video from the most recent VIOLIN ORCHESTRA concert in London. The Violin Orchestra plays Rondeau from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell, arranged by ViolinSchool's David Worswick. Filmed at St John's Waterloo in London, on Saturday 8th December 2018.

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May 17, 2019
What is Violin 'Sight-Reading', and Why Should I Do It?

Violin Sight-Reading is the process of playing something whilst you're looking at it for the very first time. It's a learnable skill, and the more you do it, the better you'll become. Enjoy the freedom of playing music - the first time you see it!

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May 16, 2019
George The Giant Tortoise

One of the loveable characters in our early stage tuition is the cool, ice-cream-loving tortoise George! He recently had his sheet music upgraded, and a great new playalong added too! So plug him into your earphones, and try playing along with the accompaniment!

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May 15, 2019
Why Music Theory Is Important

I taught a lesson today to a very experienced folk fiddler who could to play at a reasonably advanced level.He could read music, albeit a bit unsteadily, so I initially assumed he knew the key signatures and other musical theory too...

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May 14, 2019
Violin Key Signatures

What is a key signature? It's the group of sharp or flat signs written at the beginning of each stave. Read on to discover what that means, how it works, and why it matters...

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May 13, 2019
Introducing the NEW Online Beginner Violin Course from ViolinSchool

It’s official... we’ll be launching a completely new Online Beginner Violin Course on 30th May! Registration opens today, and you can read all about it here...

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April 4, 2019
The 10 Beat Challenge

Can you survive the 10 Beat Challenge? It's a great exercise for warming up your bowing action, and for making clear and consistent sounds on whole bows. As well as improving your bow control, it will help to get the instrument really ringing and resonating.

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April 1, 2019
Double Take - Intonation Exercise

For this intonation exercise, play an open string whilst stopping notes in 1st Position. Work out the name of each interval, then compare the stopped note to the open string to make sure it is in tune.

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March 1, 2019
What Should I Do Next In My Violin Practice?

Sometimes in violin practise, you've sorted out all the obvious things. You're unsure exactly what you need to do next. So what do you do?

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February 19, 2019
Happy Campers - Updated Sheet Music

To play this piece, you’ll only need your first finger! Make sure it’s always landing in tune, exactly a tone (two semitones) above the open string.

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February 17, 2019
Second Nature - Updated Sheet Music

For this lovely, lilting piece, you’ll only need the second finger of the left hand. Each time, it should land at the interval of a major 3rd above the open string.

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February 16, 2019
Pitch Perfect - Intonation Exercise

In this intonation exercise, 'Pitch Perfect', you need to move the same finger from the same place on one string to the same place on the next (and the next, and the next!), to create a series of Perfect Fifth intervals.

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February 15, 2019
The Water Is Wide - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

This gorgeous Scottish folk song is several hundred years old, and it's been passed down the generations with good reason... it's a gorgeous piece of music! Today it's well known around the world, from recordings that have been made by artists in many different styles.

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February 14, 2019
Beginner Violin Courses in London - Earlybird Booking Now Open!

Summer Term Beginner Violin Courses are now open for booking at our London School, with new courses on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays!

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February 13, 2019
How To Change A Violin String

A comprehensive, step by step guide to changing a violin string safely, securely and efficently ... and so that it stays in tune!

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February 12, 2019
Brahms Lullaby - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

‘Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht’, Op. 49, is a bit of a mouthful, so let’s just call it ‘Brahms’ Lullaby’! Lull yourself to sleep with this beauty! We've added a new MIDI playback, so you can practise playing the piece whilst listening to the music.

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February 11, 2019
Coconut Milk (Level 1) - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

In this NEW version of Coconut Milk (complete with new partition and MIDI playback), we've added lots of slurs, so that you can practise smooooooth string crossings back and forth between the different strings. Keep your upper arm moving steadily as you move it up and down between the string levels.

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February 10, 2019
Weeping Willow (Level 1) - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

A ViolinSchool favourite, the beautifully lyrical Weeping Willow is a tear-jerker of a piece... and it's now updated with a new, refreshed 'partition'!

We've also added a new MIDI playback, so you can practise playing the piece whilst listening to the music.

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February 9, 2019
Go The Distance - Intonation Exercise

Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring a series of Intonation Exercises from the ViolinSchool Library - one per week, for you to improve the accuracy of your left hand placement! We start today with Go The Distance, a very useful practice exercise for familiarising yourself with intervals in 1st position.

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February 8, 2019
Which Violin Tuning Apps Do You Use?

One of the most common questions we get about tuning and intonation is ‘which tuning app should I use’? We like Cleartune on Android and InsTuner on iOS, but we'd […]

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February 7, 2019
New A Major Scale Exercises

We've received a lot of good feedback about the G Major and D Major scale exercises (Level 1/2), so we've now added similar exercises for A Major as well! You can find them in the ViolinSchool Library in the Scales and Arpeggios section.

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February 6, 2019
How To Tune A Violin

Everything you need to know to get the strings of your violin to the correct pitch... and keep them there! In this feature, you'll learn... How pitch works on the […]

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January 16, 2019
New Digital Library is Live!

Hello everyone! Here in London, the new term is starting, and for the first time ever we are synchronising our online and offline tuition. Regardless of whether you're learning with us […]

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January 13, 2019
New Year, New Digital Library, New Online Courses

We've been busy over the Christmas holidays! Here’s a sneak preview of what’s about to launch at ViolinSchool... New Digital Library To coincide with the start of New Year Term […]

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