February 16, 2023
Étude No. 3, Op.44 - Ferdinand David

This is an excellent study for practising dotted rhythms, because pretty much the entire thing is made up of dotted rhythms! Make sure to keep them super snappy!

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February 16, 2023
Audacious Arpeggios

These arpeggios are audacious indeed as they move between different major and minor keys. Keep the string crossings nice and smooth and watch out for the accidentals!

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February 16, 2023
Shifting Perspectives

Shift up and down with the first finger - from 1st through to 4th position - to get a new, and hopefully nice and clear, perspective on things!

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February 16, 2023
Scale Drills - G, A, B, C, D major

Drill those scales with these punishing exercises! Get the metronome going and then lift and drop the fingers with energy and precision of timing and tuning.

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February 16, 2023
To The Greenwood

This delightful traditional song in the key of C, often known as 'Come Follow Me', can be played as a round, with each player starting at a different time.

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February 16, 2023
Crossing Paths

Cross paths through various keys in these convivial string crossing exercises! Keep the fingers of the left hand pressed down and navigate your way through the chords.

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February 16, 2023
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog

Juuuuuuump! You’ll need really agile, accurate shifting and string crossing for this exercise. If you miss, the Lazy Dog could very quickly become an Angry Dog!

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February 16, 2023
Ancelotti - Bizzarrie No. 5

This oddity by Ancelotti is a fantastic string crossing workout that can’t seem to decide whether it’s in D major or minor! Don’t get caught out by the accidentals!

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February 16, 2023
Make Shift

Make sure there’s nothing makeshift about the way you make shifts! Glide smoothly between 1st and 3rd position on each string, landing perfectly in tune every time!

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February 16, 2023
Slippery Slopes

Caution! Tread very carefully indeed as you manoeuvre in tones (whole steps) and semitones (half steps) up and down these treacherously slippery chromatic slopes!

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February 16, 2023
Close Calls

Practise semitones (half steps) using different fingers and the same finger. Try to make the two versions of the exercise sound as similar to each other as possible!

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February 16, 2023
Sight-Reading Checklist
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February 16, 2023
Your Practice Menu

If you always know how to improve then you'll always be getting better and better! And this Practice Menu helps provide a clear structure for your violin practice.

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February 16, 2023
Practice Techniques

This useful checklist of practice techniques will help you to stay focused on what you need to do to make effective progress in your violin practice.

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February 16, 2023
Repertoire Practice Questions
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February 16, 2023
7 Step Practice Approach

A 7-step approach to violin practice. Follow these steps to achieve continual improvement in your violin playing!

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January 26, 2023
4th Finger Workouts

Time for some pinky power! Get your 4th finger in tip-top shape - strong and sturdy, supple and sprightly - with this super set of workouts!

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January 25, 2023
Rhythmic Scale Passages - Hofmann

This study has oodles and oodles of scales, noodling up and down, up and down! So many scales! It’s also a delightful little duet, making scale practice more fun!

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January 25, 2023
Canonic Sonata III - Telemann

Telemann’s Canonic Sonatas are an absolute marvel. Both musicians play exactly the same thing, but one bar apart … and, amazingly, they still sound really nice!

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January 25, 2023
Perpetuum Mobile - Schmidt

Practise the perpetual motion of your fingers - lifting and dropping with speed, dexterity, evenness and accuracy! - in this chirpy Perpetuum Mobile by Ernst Schmidt.

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January 25, 2023
Minor Incidents

Nothing to see here … move along folks! Use these exercises to resolve any minor incidents that may occur when playing harmonic minor scales and arpeggios!

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January 25, 2023
Hitting the Spot

Aah … that hit the spot! It’s really satisfying when things are in tune! Keep the first finger down and practise landing the other fingers in the right place!

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January 25, 2023
Crossing Swords

Cross swords in this epic battle between the G string and the E string in 1st and 3rd position! Which string will emerge victorious as the master of intonation?

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January 25, 2023
Bourrée in E Minor

ViolinSchool’s exclusive arrangement for two violins of Bourrée in E minor, a popular piece from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996.

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January 25, 2023
Étude in A minor - Farrenc

Louise Farrenc (1804-75) was a piano teacher at the Paris Conservatoire for over 30 years. Her Étude in A minor is a mysterious siciliana with lots of dotted rhythms.

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