The ViolinSchool Blog

The ViolinSchool Summer Concert is now streaming live on Facebook! Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/violinschool/ The second half of the livestream featuring the Violin Ensembles and The Violin Orchestra will now begin at 3.45pm London time. Tune in at 3.45pm this afternoon to hear THE VIOLIN ORCHESTRA! Here's the...

The violins are out! The soundchecks are underway! And in just a couple of hours from now, the Violin Orchestra will be performing live here in London for all to hear! Join us from 2pm London time to hear all the ViolinSchool students perform their solos, or 3.20pm for...

We're pleased to announce that ViolinSchool's annual Summer Webcast will take place live from London at 2pm (London time) on Saturday 1st July. [caption id="attachment_42722" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: Mike Quinn (CC BY-SA 2.0)[/caption] The Violin Orchestra will be performing at Whitefield's Tabernacle on Tottenham Court Road, in the main hall of...

Our awesome Two-Finger Scales provide a serious workout for your left hand! Each of these super-shifting-scales will help you get your left hand moving smoothly between different positions - in the key of your choice. The 3rd and 4th fingers of the left hand benefit particularly...

We're pleased to introduce an all-new feature on ViolinSchool.com - Five Minute Workouts! These great little exercises came about when one of our London learners kept running out of practice time each week because his crazy-busy job in the City of London meant that he barely had...

There are many reasons that people have for wanting to play the violin. Here are some of the reasons we hear most often: "I just love the sound" "It helps me to relax" "I want to be able to express myself" Regardless of where the initial inspiration for...

One of the most important skills any violinist can have is knowing how to practise! This one single skill can transform your progress, because if you always know how to improve then you'll always be getting better and better! A big part of knowing how to practice is being...

When you're learning violin for the first time, it can be difficult to remember which finger goes where. It also takes a long time to think about where to put each finger - especially if you're playing a new piece of music. A good way around...

The learning process never stops because there are so many layers of complexity in violin-playing. Each layer reveals more, and richer possibilities for musical expression. At the same time, you don't want to get so wrapped up in the detail of one particular technique or that...

Here are some really useful exercises for shifting down from 3rd position. What goes down must go up! Click here for the shifting up version! [pdf-embedder url="https://1nn0ej3p5bo4262udm4626nz-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Shifting-Down-Exercises-from-3rd-Position-ViolinSchool.pdf" title="Shifting Down Exercises - from 3rd Position - ViolinSchool"]...