A Country Jaunt

Title of Piece: A Country Jaunt

Description: Take a bracing walk in the country with this piece, A Country Jaunt! The whole piece can be played in 1st position or, for more advanced players, you can experiment with different sounds by coming up with your own fingerings. Keep an eye out for the dynamics and the ‘staccato’ instructions – the short notes and the crescendos and diminuendos help to give this piece lots of energy, so make the most of them!

Level: Level 2

Topics: Staccato on two repeated up bows

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Crystal Stream

Title of Piece: Crystal Stream

Description: An expressive, flowing melody in B minor, with a lilting 6/8 time signature and undulating dotted rhythms. Aim to produce your most pure, crystalline tone.

Level: Level 2

Topics: B Minor, A#s, Dotted Rhythms

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In An English Country Garden

Title of Piece: In An English Country Garden

Description: In an English Country Garden is an old English folk song with a very memorable melody. It celebrates the many delights of the English countryside!

Level: Level 2

Topics: Dotted Rhythms and Tenutos

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Hungry Hippo

Title of Piece: Hungry Hippo

Description: Hippo need food! Hippo getting ‘hangry’! Help our voracious friend find a tasty treat with this cheeky, slightly menacing piece in G minor. Watch out for the C#s!

Level: Level 2

Topics: G Minor Harmonic

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Down Boy

Title of Piece: Down Boy

Description: Use this fun piece to practise the down bow technique! Watch out for the crotchet rests - where you can ‘retake’ the bow to get to the next down bow.

Level: Level 2

Topics: Down bow retakes

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Greensleeves

Title of Piece: Greensleeves

Description: Ah, lovely lovely Greensleeves – most probably, almost definitely not by Henry VIII! – is a traditional English folk tune and truly extraordinary earworm!

Level: Level 2

Topics: A Minor Melodic

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Cheeky Pizzicati

Title of Piece: Cheeky Pizzicati

Description: This piece is great for practising Left Hand Pizzicato. Use the 3rd finger of the left hand to pluck the notes that have little crosses on them!

Level: Level 2

Topics: LH Pizzicato in D Harmonic Minor

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Happy-Go-Lucky

Title of Piece: Happy-Go-Lucky

Description: Yippeeeeee! A truly delightful, lilting, waltzing melody in the sunny key of A major, with some cheeky, chirpy accidentals added! Carpe diem!

Level: Level 2

Topics: 1st, 2nd and 3rd finger chromatic movement

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Sweet Dreams

Title of Piece: Sweet Dreams

Description: A gorgeous lullaby to lull you into the sweetest of dreams. Try to make a lovely and gentle sound, sprinkled with delicate little grace notes. Nighty night …

Level: Level 2

Topics: Grace Notes & Scotch Snap

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Good Old Days

Title of Piece: Good Old Days

Description: Good Old Days is a lyrical, nostalgic melody in the good old key of C major! Think fond memories and play it as you'd sing it – smooth, flowing and mellifluous!

Level: Level 2

Topics: 4th Finger Chromatic Movement and Syncopation

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Brahms - Lullaby

Title of Piece: Brahms - Lullaby

Description: ‘Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht’, Op. 49, is a bit of a mouthful, so let’s just call it ‘Brahms’ Lullaby’! Lull yourself to sleep with this beauty!

Level: Level 2

Topics: 

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Come Rain or Shine

Title of Piece: Come Rain or Shine

Description: Come rain or shine, you’ll always find us doing our violin practice! This piece is great for getting to know the differences between the D major and D minor scales.

Level: Level 2

Topics: D Minor & D Major mixture

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