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December 14, 2018
Eyes to the right!

There's a fascinating moment in many of our Beginner Violin Classes where I shout 'FREEZE', and everyone suddenly stops moving. Then, to much hilarity, I point out that every single person in […]

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December 12, 2018
How A Good Violin Curriculum Can Build Your Confidence And Help You Learn

Where are you at with your learning? A common problem when learning the violin is understanding where you’ve got to in the learning process. This is important, because if you […]

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November 30, 2018
Save £100 on Beginner Violin Courses at our London School

Our new Beginner Violin Courses at ViolinSchool London have been growing in popularity over the past year, so we've now introduced three levels - A, B and C - to […]

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November 5, 2018
A November To Remember

This is one of the busiest times of year here at ViolinSchool, but I'm going to take a moment out to show you some of what's coming up here at […]

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October 23, 2018
Tricky Trills

Tricky Trills will help you to practise double-stopped trills. Trills in thirds … trills in sixths … trills in octaves … and more … Very tricky trills indeed!

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October 19, 2018
G Major: Exercises in Thirds

Here are some exercises for practising the G Major scale in thirds. Make sure you practise slowly, and be very aware of the position of your bowing arm.

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September 20, 2018
1st - 4th Position - Finger Placement Exercises

These incredibly useful left hand exercises will help you to get really familiar with the placing of your fingers in the first four positions.

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September 15, 2018
Social Learning

It's all very well learning the violin through lessons and your own practice sessions. But until you're out there in the real world, playing music with other people, it can […]

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September 14, 2018
How To Prepare Your Violin Before Starting A Course

If you're about to embark upon a Violin Course, a series of violin lessons, a new school term, or even just a new routine of regular practice, then it makes […]

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September 14, 2018
First Finger Fitness

Give your 1st finger a proper exercise session with this first-finger-focused exercise based on quaver and dotted quaver rhythms!

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September 13, 2018
Happy New (Academic) Year!

September is always an exciting time here in London (the home of ViolinSchool). Yes, there's a tinge of sadness that Summer is fading away... but as the nights here begin […]

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August 20, 2018
Double Stopping in Sixths - Exercises

These exercises are brilliant for practising double-stopped sixths! Use them for intonation work, and to develop a really solid left hand technique!

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August 18, 2018
Left Hand Fingers - Dexterity and Stamina

Is this the ultimate workout for advanced players? If your left hand can survive this, it can survive anything! To prevent cramps, keep your left thumb relaxed...

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August 12, 2018
Hook, Line, & Sinker

Hook, Line, & Sinker is a great study to use for practising hooked bowing. We use this technique to avoid unwanted accents or using too much bow when playing uneven note values. (such as dotted rhythms) in order to avoid unwanted accents on the shorter notes and to stop us from running out of bow!

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July 27, 2018
Intonation Exercises - 1st-7th Position

For a happy marriage of aural and muscle memories, keep the first finger down and learn the distances to the other notes within the hand ‘frame'.

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July 26, 2018
A Major Scale: Rhythm Patterns

Practise your scales with different rhythm patterns, to make your left and right hand movements more independent, and improve your coordination.

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July 10, 2018
Legato, anti-portato

Violinists often play portato (slightly re-articulated notes) instead of legato (smooth and connected). This study will help you to play as legato as possible!

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June 27, 2018
How to Use a Practice Journal To Improve Your Violin Practice

What is a Practice Journal? I like to think of a Violin Practice Journal as less of a physical thing, and more as an approach to keeping a record of […]

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April 20, 2018
Big Circle Exercises

'Big Circles' are simple, straightforward exercises that you can use as a warm up at the beginning of your practice. They're also useful for improving your bow control, and your feeling […]

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April 15, 2018
Long Slow Bows

Long Slow Bows are one of the best - and most straightforward! - techniques that you can use to warm up on the violin! They're also great for improving your […]

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April 12, 2018
Super-Smooth Slurred String Crossings!

How's your slurred string crossing technique? We've just added the first video tutorial to course 1D, and it's a smooooth ride for those that string-cross steadily... Or, if you're still getting to grips with music theory, then Setareh has a 'Quick Fix' for your sixteenth notes!

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April 8, 2018
How to Improve Your Rhythm and Note Reading on the Violin

Get to know the open strings of the violin, and how it feels and sounds to play on them. Then practice rhythms with our piece 'Traffic Lights', to get you playing in time on the violin!

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April 4, 2018
How to Warm Up Your Fingers and Hands Before Playing The Violin

Here's Setareh's most recent video, explaining how to warm up the hands and fingers before starting to play. I've found these exercises a really useful way to begin my own […]

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February 15, 2018
The Cuckoo (Le Coucou) – New Sheet Music [Level 5]

Cuckoo! An exclusive arrangement for two violins, by David Worswick, of the fabulously filigree piano piece, ͚Le Coucou͛, by French composer, Louis-Claude Daquin. Click here to download it!

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February 15, 2018
G Minor Arpeggio Exercises - 1st Position

1st Position G Minor Arpeggio exercises featuring different note patterns, rhythms, bowings and articulations. Click here to download it!

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