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February 12, 2018
George the Giant Tortoise – New Sheet Music [Level 1]

Meet George, a giant tortoise who really really loves ice cream! Find out what his favourite flavours are in this fun little piece for open strings! Click here to download it!

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February 12, 2018
Violin Pegs [Parts of the Violin]

These four pieces of wood, usually carved from ebony, are used to hold the strings in the pegbox of the violin. They're shaped so that they're easy (ish!) to turn. We use the pegs to tune the violin by turning them to tighten the string – which raises the pitch - or to loosen the […]

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February 11, 2018
Double or Quits – New Sheet Music [Level 7]

A delightful, but fiendishly tricky, piece with lots of double stops! Keep your cards close to your chest, or in this case, your fingers close to the fingerboard! Click here to download it!

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February 11, 2018
The Violin Scroll [Parts of the Violin]

The scroll is the decoratively carved ‘head’ of the violin - it's the fancy twirly bit at the top! The scroll is typically shaped as a rolled-up spiral, known as a volute. Sometimes human or animal heads! The scroll is the ultimate test of a luthier's craftsmanship... it's a chance to show off their skill […]

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February 10, 2018
Cat and Mouse – New Sheet Music [Level 1]

In this high-octane, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse, who will come out on top? Will the pussy cat be outsmarted by the tricksy off-beats of the mouse?! Click here to download it!

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February 10, 2018
The Violin Bridge [Parts of the Violin]

This ornately carved, upright, unvarnished wooden device holds the violin’s strings in place. It sits on top of the instrument, between the little cross-bars of the f-holes, supported above the soundboard. The bridge isn’t glued or fixed to the instrument … it’s kept in place by the pressure of the strings. So, if you loosen […]

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February 9, 2018
Brahms - Symphony No.1 – New Sheet Music [Level 2]

This rousing, noble tune appears in the final movement of Johannes Brahms's landmark 1st Symphony, written in 1876. Play it fast and with vigour! Click here to download Brahms - Symphony No.1 from the ViolinSchool Library!

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February 9, 2018
The Water is Wide – New Sheet Music [Level 1]

The water is wide, I cannot get over / Neither have I wings to fly / Give me a boat that can carry two / And both shall row, my love and I … Click here to download it!

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February 8, 2018
Spare Keys – New Sheet Music [Level 1]

An excellent way to practise G major on the G string, D major on the D string, A major on the A string, and E major on the E string! Always have a spare key! Click here to download Spare Keys from the ViolinSchool Library!

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February 7, 2018
Mary Had a Little Lamb – New Sheet Music [Level 1]

Who wouldn’t want a little lamb following them around everywhere they went?!! Enjoy this lovely, lambent nursery rhyme, here in the key of D major. Click here to download Mary Had a Little Lamb from the ViolinSchool Library!

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February 7, 2018
Violin Teaching vs Coaching

A lot of people come to a violin lesson expecting a teacher to teach them how to play the violin! Teacher tells learner what to do, learner does it, everyone's happy. But is that all there is to a violin lesson?

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February 6, 2018
The Young Prince and Princess – New Sheet Music [Level 3]

Here’s the gorgeous, tender melody from the 3rd movement of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, his epic symphonic suite based on One Thousand and One Nights. Click here to download The Young Prince and Princess from the ViolinSchool Library!

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February 5, 2018
How to Prepare for a Webcam Violin Lesson

The increasing speed of broadband internet has transformed private tutoring, and learners are now able to connect with teachers all around the world. Real-time lessons via the internet are possible using a webcam and a piece of videoconferencing software such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Apple Facetime, to name a few. Although there are some aspects of musical instrument coaching that […]

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February 4, 2018
Barn Chide – New Sheet Music [Level 2]

Yeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaw! Get your feet tapping with this romping barn dance, great for practising open string double stops! See how fast you can get the ending! Click here to download Barn Chide from the ViolinSchool Library!

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February 3, 2018
Weeping Willow – New Sheet Music [Level 1]

A sorrowful, lyrical tear-jerker of a tune for which you’ll only need the first and second fingers of the left hand (and a handkerchief to wipe away the tears!) Click here to download Weeping Willow from the ViolinSchool Library!

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February 3, 2018
Note Values

We've just added a couple of useful new resources to Online Course 1A. Check out this guide to types of note values - and how to say them in British *and* American English!

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February 2, 2018
Full Circle – New Sheet Music [Open Strings]

Play with whole bows and then, during the rests, make nice big circles with the bow in the air. This will really help you to get used to the feel of the bow. Click here to download Full Circle from the ViolinSchool Library!

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February 1, 2018
Slice and Dice – New Sheet Music [Open Strings]

Chop up the semibreves into minims, crotchets and quavers (whole notes into halves, quarters, and eighths). Watch out for your fingers … eek … you’ll need those! Click here to download Slice and Dice from the ViolinSchool Library!

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January 31, 2018
Bread and Butter Pudding – New Sheet Music [Open Strings]

Whisk together lots of scrumptious 8th notes (quavers) and 16th notes (semiquavers) to create a delicious performance of this sweet treat of a piece! Click here to download Bread and Butter Pudding from the ViolinSchool Library!

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January 30, 2018
The Big Match – New Sheet Music [Open Strings]

This classic football rhythm is chanted at matches by fans all over the world. Use it to practise your ‘pizzicato’ technique, then try playing it with the bow as well! Click here to download The Big Match from the ViolinSchool Library!

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January 29, 2018
Hobnob the Goblin – New Sheet Music [Open Strings]

Oo-er! Who goes there?! Make sure you get all the rhythms right or Hobnob the Goblin will chide you! There’s nothing Hobnob loves more than chiding! Click here to download Hobnob The Goblin from the ViolinSchool Library!

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January 28, 2018
Mind the Gap – New Sheet Music [Open Strings]

Take a trip on the London Underground … and Mind the Gap! Use the station names to play the rhythms on an open string, and then try it with different stations! Click here to download Mind the Gap from the ViolinSchool Library!

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January 28, 2018
How to Play Bossa & Samba Loops on the Violin

Check out this brand new video from Christian Howes about how to play Bossa and Samba on the violin! Christian is coming to London on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st January to work with ViolinSchool Learners on Improvisation, Contemporary Styles, Harmony... and lots of other incredible topics that go way beyond  'classical' playing... check out […]

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January 27, 2018
Creative Strings London with Christian Howes: Tues 30th & Weds 31st January 2018

We're just a couple of days away from hosting superstar jazz violinist CHRISTIAN HOWES at our London school! His residency will feature an introduction to improvisation session, a solo show, and a Boot Camp for advanced players who want to begin mastering the skills of improvisation and playing creatively in contemporary styles. We are super […]

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January 15, 2018
Pachelbel's Canon: A Video Visualisation

Check out this classic visualisation of Pachelbel's Canon (Thanks to VS Learner Inez for sending this in!)... the movement of the staves in real time on the video give you a really clear sense of how the music repeats itself - check out that ground bass (not the most exciting part ever for a cello, […]

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