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The 10 Beat Challenge

Can you survive the 10 Beat Challenge? It's a great exercise for warming up your bowing action, and for making clear and consistent sounds on whole bows. As well as improving your bow control, it will help to get the instrument really ringing and resonating.

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Double Take - Intonation Exercise

In this intonation exercise, 'Pitch Perfect', you need to move the same finger from the same place on one string to the same place on the next (and the next, and the next!), to create a series of Perfect Fifth intervals.

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What Should I Do Next In My Violin Practice?

Sometimes in violin practise, you've sorted out all the obvious things. You're unsure exactly what you need to do next. So what do you do?

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Happy Campers - Updated Sheet Music

To play this piece, you’ll only need your first finger! Make sure it’s always landing in tune, exactly a tone (two semitones) above the open string.

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Second Nature - Updated Sheet Music

For this lovely, lilting piece, you’ll only need the second finger of the left hand. Each time, it should land at the interval of a major 3rd above the open string.

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Pitch Perfect - Intonation Exercise

In this intonation exercise, 'Pitch Perfect', you need to move the same finger from the same place on one string to the same place on the next (and the next, and the next!), to create a series of Perfect Fifth intervals.

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The Water Is Wide - New MIDI Playback & Updated Sheet Music

This gorgeous Scottish folk song is several hundred years old, and it's been passed down the generations with good reason... it's a gorgeous piece of music! Today it's well known around the world, from recordings that have been made by artists in many different styles.

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Beginner Violin Courses in London - Earlybird Booking Now Open!

Summer Term Beginner Violin Courses are now open for booking at our London School, with new courses on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays!

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How To Change A Violin String

A comprehensive, step by step guide to changing a violin string safely, securely and efficently ... and so that it stays in tune!

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Go The Distance - Intonation Exercise

Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring a series of Intonation Exercises from the ViolinSchool Library - one per week, for you to improve the accuracy of your left hand placement! We start today with Go The Distance, a very useful practice exercise for familiarising yourself with intervals in 1st position.

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Which Violin Tuning Apps Do You Use?

One of the most common questions we get about tuning and intonation is ‘which tuning app should I use’? We like Cleartune on Android and InsTuner on iOS, but we'd like to know what YOU use, so that we can test every single one properly, and make the very best recommendation for all our learners... […]

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New A Major Scale Exercises

We've received a lot of good feedback about the G Major and D Major scale exercises (Level 1/2), so we've now added similar exercises for A Major as well! You can find them in the ViolinSchool Library in the Scales and Arpeggios section.

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How To Tune A Violin

Everything you need to know to get the strings of your violin to the correct pitch... and keep them there! In this feature, you'll learn... How pitch works on the violin How to use a 'Reference Pitch' How to turn the Pegs and Fine Tuners to get the strings in tune Pitch First we're going […]

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New Digital Library is Live!

Hello everyone! Here in London, the new term is starting, and for the first time ever we are synchronising our online and offline tuition. Regardless of whether you're learning with us here in London or from anywhere around the world, you'll have access to exactly the same course content, learning resources, exercises and learner support. The […]

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New Year, New Digital Library, New Online Courses

We've been busy over the Christmas holidays! Here’s a sneak preview of what’s about to launch at ViolinSchool... New Digital Library To coincide with the start of New Year Term at our London School, we’re opening up our new and improved Digital Library to all existing members. If you have an active subscription to ViolinSchool.com, […]

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

Click below to play a Christmas Greeting from The Violin Orchestra! Coming up in 2019... We'll be back in early January with all-new online courses, our upgraded digital library and weekly updates of everything that's new in the world of violin! Have a wonderful holiday season and we'll see you in a couple of weeks! And now, some CHRISTMAS […]

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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 the room is bending around to the left! Faces are turned towards the violin, eyes are locked down in an intense stare, and everyone is […]

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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 don’t have any reference points with which to measure your progress, it can be hard to know whether what you are doing is working. And […]

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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 help first-time adult learners to reach a good basic playing level on the violin! Until 10pm on 9th December, learners in the UK can save […]

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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 VS towers! The overhaul of our Digital Library is nearly finished, and if you're a member of ViolinSchool, you'll be getting an email soon to […]

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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 all feel a bit theoretical. Of course, it's important to learn solo pieces, and spend time on your own carefully building your technique. In fact, […]

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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 sense to get your instrument into the best possible condition before you start! There are few things more frustrating (and demotivating!) than diving into a […]

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Improved Online Courses

For the new academic year, we're transitioning all our Online Courses to a more robust digital platform at https://learn.violinschool.com/. This will allow you to track your learning as you move through all our video tutorials and online tuition. You may see a few changes around ViolinSchool in the next couple of days. If you run […]

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