The ViolinSchool Blog

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"]...

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

Staccato Spritzer! is not just a great study for practising staccato strokes, it's also a delightful piece of music ...

A Barcarolle is a traditional folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers. The Barcarolle (“Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour”) by Jacques Offenbach, from his final opera, The Tales of Hoffmann, is surely the most famous Barcarolle there is!...

If you're a practically minded violinist, the idea of learning to maintain and repair your own instrument can be an interesting diversion. Those interested in cars who buy a vintage classic model would naturally learn how to improve the engine and fix things up when...

Joseph-Hector Fiocco is best known for his virtuoso showpiece ‘Allegro’, arranged here for TWO violins! Fiocco was born in Brussels in 1703 and died, tragically young at just 38, in 1741. The Allegro was originally written for harpsichord – part of Fiocco’s Pièces de Clavecin –...

When you're first starting to read music, you'll quickly come across different types of notes. The rhythm of each note is represented by the SHAPE of the note-head and the stem. This PDF shows some of the most common note values that you'll see. The words on the right of each note represent the rhythm names for each...