January 10, 2023
Holding Patterns

Practise lots and lots of different combinations of tones (whole steps) and semitones (half steps) to create some fabulously evocative patterns!

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November 8, 2022
Study in A major

This study is jam-packed full of violinistic nutrients … scales, arpeggios and lots of string crossings! And, there are 72 bowing and rhythm patterns to choose from!

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November 3, 2022
Rising Tides

The tide rises ever so slowly as you move up and up the chromatic scale to 3rd position on each string. Remember, a rising tide lifts all notes!!

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August 31, 2022
The Blue Danube (Violin Orchestra)

This famous Viennese Waltz by Johann Strauss II was inspired by the river Danube, one of the longest rivers in Europe.

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August 30, 2022
Wellerman (Violin Orchestra)

This famous sea shanty from the 1800s tells the story of sailors hunting whales near New Zealand. Here's an exclusive ViolinSchool / Violin Orchestra version!

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May 30, 2022
4th Finger Exercises

Flex your pinky with this set of 4th finger exercises! Make sure it lands perfectly in tune every time, don’t let the other fingers lead you astray … naughty things!

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May 29, 2022
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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May 28, 2022

A galopede is not a type of fast-moving insect, but an especially energetic English country dance!! See how fast you can gallop the galopede, but practise slowly first!

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May 24, 2022
Brian Boru's March

A march fit for a king … a 10th century High King of Ireland, no less … Brian Boru of the Dalcassians! Brian must have been a fan of dotted rhythms and string crossing!

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May 23, 2022

Dvořák wrote his set of Humoresques in the summer of 1894 when he must have been in a pretty good mood! The 7th one is probably the best known and probably the best!

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May 22, 2022
The Mad Lover

John Eccles wrote this achingly beautiful music for a stage play by John Fletcher, a tragicomedy called The Mad Lover. It’s also a really good string crossing exercise!

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May 18, 2022
Second Opinions

It’s always worth getting a second opinions! Hopefully, 2nd position doesn’t disagree with 1st position too much! The aim of these exercises is to achieve consensus!

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May 17, 2022
Second to None

Make 2nd position a winning position with this series of broken chord exercises in C, F, and Bb major. Every note needs to be in tune to win the trophy! Good luck!

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May 3, 2022
Creeping Up

Creep up the chromatic scale and watch out as the note patterns change from one bar to the next! The more careful you are, the less likely you’ll be to get caught!

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May 1, 2022
Next Level

Go to the Next Level as you play a series of eight different arpeggio patterns in A major and A minor, starting with one octave … then two … then three!

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April 30, 2022
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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April 24, 2022
Holding Patterns

Practise lots and lots of different combinations of tones (whole steps) and semitones (half steps) to create some fabulously evocative patterns!

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April 23, 2022
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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April 22, 2022
Double Takes

There’s lots and lots of double stopping in lots and lots of different keys in these exercises … so much so, you’ll probably need to do a few double takes!

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April 3, 2022
Two-Up Two-Down

These two-finger scale exercise are fantastically useful for improving shifting and intonation and a great way to warm-up at the start of a practice session.

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April 2, 2022
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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March 19, 2022
How to Practise the Violin: The 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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March 7, 2022
Largo from Xerxes (Violin Orchestra)

Largo' is the opening aria from the 1738 opera, Serse, by Handel. It's sung by Xerxes I of Persia as he admires the lovely, sweet shade of a plane tree!

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February 27, 2022
Rondeau from Abdelazer (Violin Orchestra)

This rousing melody by Henry Purcell was written to accompany the dramatic and tragic late 17th century play, Abdelazer. You'll need agile fingers to play this one!

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August 12, 2018
Hook, Line, & Sinker

Hook, Line, & Sinker is a great study to use for practising hooked bowing. We use this technique to avoid unwanted accents or using too much bow when playing uneven note values. (such as dotted rhythms) in order to avoid unwanted accents on the shorter notes and to stop us from running out of bow!

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