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May 4, 2022

A jaunty Baroque dance for two! This famous tune by English composer Henry Purcell will have your fingers springing sprightly up and down the G major scale!

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May 3, 2022
Creeping Up

Creep up the chromatic scale and watch out as the note patterns change from one bar to the next! The more careful you are, the less likely you’ll be to get caught!

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May 1, 2022
Next Level

Go to the Next Level as you play a series of eight different arpeggio patterns in A major and A minor, starting with one octave … then two … then three!

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April 30, 2022
Canonic Sonata III - Telemann

Telemann’s Canonic Sonatas are an absolute marvel. Both musicians play exactly the same thing, but one bar apart … and, amazingly, they still sound really nice!

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April 28, 2022
Dominant Seventh Gallop

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April 27, 2022
Locatelli - Rondo for two violins

A rondo is a piece that repeats the main tune again and again and again! Locatelli cleverly shares out the repetitions between the parts in this quick, quicksilver duo.

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April 26, 2022
Highs and Lows

Each finger experiences the highs and lows of first position in this super-useful exercise! Listen really carefully to make sure you don’t go too high, or too low!

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April 25, 2022
Handel's Hallelujah - 1st Finger Only

Rejoice! Here's the popular Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's oratorio Messiah. In this arrangement, you only need to use one finger on the strings. Hallelujah to that!

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April 24, 2022
Holding Patterns

Practise lots and lots of different combinations of tones (whole steps) and semitones (half steps) to create some fabulously evocative patterns!

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April 23, 2022
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog

Juuuuuuump! You’ll need really agile, accurate shifting and string crossing for this exercise. If you miss, the Lazy Dog could very quickly become an Angry Dog!

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April 22, 2022
Double Takes

There’s lots and lots of double stopping in lots and lots of different keys in these exercises … so much so, you’ll probably need to do a few double takes!

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April 19, 2022
Scale Drills - G, A, B, C, D major

Drill those scales with these punishing exercises! Get the metronome going and then lift and drop the fingers with energy and precision of timing and tuning.

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April 17, 2022
Study No. 18 - Grünwald

Adolf Grünwald’s scale-based Study No. 18 in D major is a great workout for the fingers, helping to develop dexterity of movement and accuracy of placement.

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April 17, 2022

Ready … Steady … Galop!! This riotously fun piece by the master of violinistic bonbons, Carl Bohm, is also a fabulous bowing workout. See you at the finish line!

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April 15, 2022
Mazas Duet No.2

This lovely duet by the lovely Jacques Féréol Mazas has lovely tunes and lovely interplay between the two lovely parts. What could be more lovely!

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April 14, 2022
The Bureau of B-flat major

Greetings! A warm welcome to The Bureau of B-flat major … a key department of major importance in which everything operates perfectly efficiently! Honest!!

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April 13, 2022
Excursions in E-flat major

Time to go on some enlivening excursions in the key of Eb major. Practise the different note and bowing patterns to become familiar with the 1 octave Eb major scale.

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April 12, 2022
Chromatics on One String

Move up and down in half steps (semitones) on each string to play part of the chromatic scale. Making sure everything is nice and smooth and nicely in tune!

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April 11, 2022
Chromatic Scales - D, A, G - 1 Octave

Leap acrobatically up and down the chromatic scale, checking each note in relation to the open string to make sure you are jumping exactly the right distance!

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April 10, 2022
Democratic Chromatics

Time to Cast Your Note! Move smoothly up and down in half steps (semitones) on each finger and on each string. Remember … Every Note Counts!

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April 8, 2022
Acrobatic Chromatics

Jump from the open string to the notes of the chromatic scale with grace, agility and precision! Listen carefully to the intervals as they expand and contract.

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April 7, 2022
Audacious Arpeggios

These arpeggios are audacious indeed as they move between different major and minor keys. Keep the string crossings nice and smooth and watch out for the accidentals!

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April 6, 2022
Chant de Veslemøy

The Song of Veslemøy, from Halvorsen’s Suite Mosaique, is a gorgeous folk song. It’s yearning, heart-warming tune will keep you warm on a chilly Norwegian evening!

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April 5, 2022
At the Double

Try these exercises and you’ll soon be double stopping at the double! Practise getting the bowing arm at just the right level to play two open strings at the same time.

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April 4, 2022
Turkey in the Straw

Turkey in de straw, Turkey in de hay, Roll 'em up an' twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw … a riotous American folk song from the early 19th century!

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