Cowabunga!

Title of Piece: Cowabunga!

Description: Channel your inner superhero and fight off those baddies with your bow! This piece is great for sixteenth notes (semiquavers) and counting rests. Cowabunga, dudes!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: 

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String Theory

Title of Piece: String Theory

Description: Don’t worry … you don’t need to know about particle physics for this one! Just the names of each string – G, D, A, & E – where they are, and how they sound!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Notes G, D, A, E

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The Big Match

Title of Piece: The Big Match

Description: This classic football rhythm is chanted at matches by fans all over the world. Use it to practise your ‘pizzicato’ technique, then try playing it with the bow as well!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Crotchets and Quavers (Plus Quaver Rests)

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Bread and Butter Pudding

Title of Piece: Bread and Butter Pudding

Description: Whisk together lots of scrumptious 8th notes (quavers) and 16th notes (semiquavers) to create a delicious performance of this sweet treat of a piece!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Quavers, Semiquavefrs (Plus Quaver Rests)

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Traffic Lights

Title of Piece: Traffic Lights

Description: Ready ... Steady ... Gooooooooooo!!! These fun rhythms will keep you busy while you wait for the green light! Try clapping them first, then play with the bow.

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Crotchets and Quavers (Plus Rests)

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Slugging Away

Title of Piece: Slugging Away

Description: A piece for long, slow bows featuring long, slow whole notes (semibreves). Try to use the whole bow for a smoooooooth, resonant sound!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Semibreves

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Tick-Tock, Tock-Tick

Title of Piece: Tick-Tock, Tock-Tick

Description: Time is of the essence! Keep a steady pulse as you practise your pizzicato (plucking). Try it first with a real metronome, then use your ‘inner metronome’ to stay in time!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Pizz, Crotchets (Plus Rests)

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Good Dogs Always Eat

Title of Piece: Good Dogs Always Eat

Description: Never forget the names of the violin’s strings with our favourite mnemonic – Good Dogs Always Eat. From lowest to highest, thickest to thinnest: G, D, A, E!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Minims, Crotchets (Plus Rests)

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Meow, Quack Quack, Baa Baa, Moo

Title of Piece: Meow, Quack Quack, Baa Baa, Moo

Description: Mooooooooo! Get used to the sound of each string with this onomatopoeic piece for beginners! Try our version and then make up your own animal sound for each string!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: 

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Mind the Gap

Title of Piece: Mind the Gap

Description: Take a trip on the London Underground … and Mind the Gap! Use the station names to play the rhythms on an open string, and then try it with different stations!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Crotchets, Quavers, Semiquavers

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Rock-Paper-Scissors

Title of Piece: Rock-Paper-Scissors

Description: Time for a nice friendly game of Rock-Paper-Scissors! Cross the strings from low to high, high to low, and then find out who wins! One … Two … Three … ??????!!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Minims, Crotchets, Quavers (Plus Rests)

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Slice and Dice

Title of Piece: Slice and Dice

Description: Chop up the semibreves into minims, crotchets and quavers (whole notes into halves, quarters, and eighths). Watch out for your fingers … eek … you’ll need those!

Level: Open Strings

Topics: Semibreves, Minims, Crotchets, Quavers

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