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The ViolinSchool Library is a practice assistant like no other ... packed full of everything you need to make your practice efficient, effective and FUN! 

The varied sections of the library provide CLARITY and VARIETY for your practice, and our graded sequence of sheet music will take you step by step through each level.
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Allegro Diabolico is a highly virtuosic study by David Worswick, featuring some devilishly difficult double-stops and rapid string crossings. Not for the faint-hearted!
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ViolinSchool’s Variations on the popular Carnival of Venice tune are full of devilish trickery and highly virtuosic violinistic hijinks. Enjoy!
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A delightful, but fiendishly tricky, piece with lots of double stops! Keep your cards close to your chest, or in this case, your fingers close to the fingerboard!
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… quasi J. S … is inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. The piece is in the tricky, but beautiful and sombre, key of Bb minor.
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Massenet wrote this beautiful piece as a reflective musical interlude for an opera. Its memorable melody is now one of the world's most famous tunes for violin!
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El Choclo (“The Corn Cob”) is one of the most popular tangos in Argentina. It was allegedly written in honour of a nightclub owner known by the same name!
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Bach's Inventions were originally written for keyboard. In this version, one violinist plays the part of the left hand, and the other plays the part of the right!
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Bach's Inventions were originally written for keyboard. In this version, one violinist plays the part of the left hand, and the other plays the part of the right!
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Bach's Inventions were originally written for keyboard. In this version, one violinist plays the part of the left hand, and the other plays the part of the right!
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Bach's Inventions were originally written for keyboard. In this version, one violinist plays the part of the left hand, and the other plays the part of the right!
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Cuckoo! An exclusive arrangement for two violins, by David Worswick, of the fabulously filigree piano piece, ͚Le Coucou͛, by French composer, Louis-Claude Daquin.
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This sublime melody by Charles Gounod is played simultaneously with Prelude No.1 in C major by J.S. Bach, to create an extraordinarily beautiful piece of music!
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The Planets' is an orchestral suite by Gustav Holst; each movement of the piece is inspired by a Planet. Here's the happy, jolly one... play it with plenty of energy!
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Joseph-Hector Fiocco is best known for his virtuoso showpiece ‘Allegro’, arranged here for TWO violins!
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Home Sweet Home is a ViolinSchool favourite! A lovely, yearning melody written by David Worswick that’s full of longing and nostalgia.
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This beautiful melody was written by David Worswick especially for ViolinSchool. It’s a gorgeous, nostalgic tune, dripping with expression. Tuck in!
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The yearningly melancholic Prelude No. 4 in E minor by Chopin, from his set of 24, Op. 28. It’s originally for piano, but we think it’s pretty nice on the violin, too!
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This piece features lots of semitones, with a swinging feel to the music. Use the bow movement to give momentum to your phrasing, and watch out for the glissandi!
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Après un Rêve by Gabriel Fauré is a song about a dream of running away with an imaginary lover, towards an ecstatic light... we've arranged it here for the violin!
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Pastime with Good Company, also known as The King’s Ballad, is an incredibly catchy English folk song written by none other than King Henry VIII!
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King George II wanted to celebrate the end of a war... so he asked Handel to write him some music! This fiery piece premiered alongside a giant firework display...
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… plip-plop … plip-plop … here’s the absolutely gooooorgeous melody from Chopin’s Prelude No. 15, known as the “Raindrop” prelude.
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Scuttlefish, Scuttlefish! is a delightfully quirky little piece with lovely, flowing passagework in G major and E minor... Enjoy … glug, glug!
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'Air' is one of J.S. Bach's most famous pieces of music, known the world over. This memorable tune was originally written for a small chamber orchestra to play.
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This gorgeous piece from 'Carnival of the Animals' (by French composer Saint-Saëns) was originally written for cello, but we think it sounds great on the violin!
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Chopin was inspired by Bach's '24 Preludes & Fugues' to write his 24 Preludes of his own! This is the 7th - written in the style of a Mazurka (a Polish folk dance).
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You’ll need lots of synco-patience when practising this one! A marvellously mercurial piece full disorientating off-beats and discombobulating syncopation!
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Whirligig ... full of swirling scales and spinning chromaticism, it’s a whirly whirly fun piece!! It’s also pretty tricky for the left hand, but try to make it sing, dance and lilt!
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A creepy, crawly, chromatic melody, undulating eerily, skittering nimbly … nothing to be scared of! Try playing it all the way through without feeling itchy!
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This iconic celeste melody comes from Tchaikovsky’s magical and super-tuneful and quintessentially Christmassy ballet, The Nutcracker!
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This famous arias from Georges Bizet's 1875 opera Carmen features a seductively chromatic melody over the iconic ‘dum … de dum dum’ Habanera rhythm!
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Creepy Chromatics is based around the chromatic scale – the one that moves up and down in semitones. Use dramatic dynamics to maximise the creepiness!
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Georges Bizet, master tunesmith, wrote L'Arlésienne as incidental music to a play. Here’s the Prélude – The March of the Kings – in the key of D minor.
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Presenting ViolinSchool’s version of Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. It’s pretty close to the original, except our version can be played entirely in 1st position!
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The second movement of Symphony No.5 is a beautiful example of Tchaikovsky's music – colourful, expressive, beautifully orchestrated and melodically memorable!
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Here’s the gorgeous, tender melody from the 3rd movement of Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, his epic symphonic suite based on One Thousand and One Nights.
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The final, and most famous, caprice from Paganini's epic, epochal 24 Caprices. So many composers have been inspired by it, including Brahms, Liszt, and Rachmaninov.
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This iconic piece of music is a soundtrack for trolls, gnomes and goblins! From the spiky beginning to the final explosive fortissimo, there is drama in every note!
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A charming, waltzing lullaby in the key of Eb major. The dotted rhythms give it a lovely, lilting quality, gently swaying in the Autumn breeze.
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“Scarborough Fair” is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. We've written it out in four different keys for you to practise!
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Here’s the famous ‘Barcarolle’ by Jacques Offenbach, a style of music that's traditionally sung as folk music by Venetian gondoliers.
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ViolinSchool’s exclusive arrangement for two violins of Bourrée in E minor, a popular lute piece from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite in E minor for Lute, BWV 996.
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ViolinSchool’s March in C is a triumphal tune that’s great for practising dotted rhythms, hooked bowing, strong articulation, and big bold bow strokes.
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Check out this chirpy, dance-like piece in G major. The 6/8 time and the catchy melody will get you straight into the mood to celebrate springtime!
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This is one of the most famous traditional Irish jigs, recognised by audiences around the world. Some players like to start the piece slow, then get faster and faster!
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Yankee Doodle went to town, A-riding on a pony. Stuck a feather in his cap, And called it macaroni! A riotously catchy British-American song ... beware the triple stops!
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Franz Schubert originally wrote this theme to accompany a play called 'Rosamunde'. It's now more famous as the second movement of his 13th String Quartet!
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The sublime, sweeping main theme from Tchaikovsky’s much loved ballet, telling the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse!
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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.
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We’ve written a majorly melancholy melody called Lament in D minor, and it’s really really really sad! Give it a go … and try not to get the violin wet!
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This piece has lots of arpeggios in A minor and D minor, lots and lots of arpeggios … ‘arping on … and on … and on!! Ooo … and watch out for the syncopation!
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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!
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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!
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Yippeeeeee! A truly delightful, lilting, waltzing melody in the sunny key of A major, with some cheeky, chirpy accidentals added! Carpe diem!
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Tea for Three, and Three for Tea! A lovely waltzing melody in A major, with some rather delicious ‘C naturals’ thrown in. Also goes well with lots of biscuits!
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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.
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The Miller’s Flowers (‘Des Müllers Blumen’) is from Franz Schubert’s song cycle, Die Schöne Müllerin. Not only is it a lovely, chirpy tune … it’s also a brilliant bowing exercise!
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'Portato' is when the notes within a slur are rearticulated in order to create a smooth pulsing effect. Tricky? Don’t worry … Mr Potato's portato piece is here to help!
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A great tune and a fun singing game! ... Half a pound of tupenny rice, Half a pound of treacle. That’s the way the money goes, Pop! goes the weasel.
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This uplifting tune has become one of the most popular melodies on earth … First play it 'straight', then try our ‘ornamented’ version, then create your own!
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Ah, lovely lovely Greensleeves – most probably, almost definitely not by Henry VIII! – is a traditional English folk tune and truly extraordinary earworm!
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Yeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaw! Get your feet tapping with this romping barn dance, great for practising open string double stops! See how fast you can get the ending!
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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 …
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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.
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A delightful piece based around the D major scale, Three’s a Crowd features lots of lovely triplets, where you have to play three notes in the time of two!
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This buoyant, exuberant piece will help you to practise dotted rhythms. That's when the beat is divided into a long dotted note and then a quick skip for the short note!
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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!
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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!
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This rousing, noble tune appears in the final movement of Johannes Brahms's landmark 1st Symphony, written in 1876. Play it fast and with vigour!
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‘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!
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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!
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Here’s the proud, emphatic theme from the opening movement of the hilarious and ingenious ‘Carnival of the Animals’ by Camille Saint-Saëns. Roooooooooooooar!!
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Swing from string to string (smoothly and calmly as opposed to jerkily and wildly!) in this lilting, slightly sorrowful piece in D minor … pathetic, as in ‘pathos’!
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Plain Sailin’ should be played as smoothly (legato) as possible, as if sailing in calm, clear waters on a balmy late summer afternoon. Happy sailing!
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Go to your ‘happy place’ (the practice room, of course!) and enjoy this lovely piece for practising the first and second fingers of the left hand. Ah … bliss!
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In this high-octane, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse, who will come out on top? Will the pussy cat be outsmarted by the tricksy off-beats of the mouse?!
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Wakey, wakey … rise and shine! Start the day with a rousing rendition of this this lovely traditional Scottish Gaelic tune (and a double espresso!)
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A nice cheery Medieval Latin hymn about the Day of Wrath, dissolving the world in ashes... oh well! Enjoy this wonderfully lugubrious and frequently quoted melody...
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Dvorak's stint living in America saw the creation of his most well-loved Symphony No.9 ("From the New World"). This is its most popular and memorable tune!
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The water is wide, I cannot get over / Neither have I wings to fly / Give me a boat that can carry two / And both shall row, my love and I …
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Suo Gân is an incredibly beautiful traditional Welsh folk song, dating back to the early 1800s. The title simply means ‘Lullaby’.
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A great piece to practise playing on the E string (the whole piece is on the E string!) and to familiarise yourself with the effervescent key of E major! Pop!
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From a galaxy far, far away … comes this fantastic piece for practising landing the 4th finger of the left hand with pinpoint accuracy. Go 4th and conquer!
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An excellent way to practise G major on the G string, D major on the D string, A major on the A string, and E major on the E string! Always have a spare key!
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The Vicar of Bray, a catchy little tune in D major, is a satirical 18th-century song about a somewhat less-than-principled vicar…!
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Ludwig van Beethoven wrote the uplifting 'Ode to Joy' melody as the main theme for the final, majestic movement of his 9th Symphony, for full choir and orchestra.
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Time for a bedtime story! A charming, lilting, lyrical piece in D major, perfect for a nice relaxing evening practice session! Sweet dreams! Zzzzzzzz
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This nostalgic piece of music dates all the way back to the early 1800s. It became well-known in America by the mid 1800s, and has remained popular ever since!
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Ah … bliss! Have a nice relaxing Sunday morning with this sweet, serene melody. For third finger alone, each time it should land a perfect 4th above the open string.
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Join us for a gentle stroll as we saunter merrily along the D major scale. Keep an eye out for the string crossings, don’t let them trip you up!
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A nice easy version of the tune from Autumn by Vivaldi, from his stunning, visionary Four Seasons. Practise hard and, in no time, you’ll be playing the real thing!
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Come ride with us on Prokofiev’s Troika – a traditional Russian sled drawn by three horses – whilst learning your major scales! Enjoy the ride and wrap up warm!
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Try to make your playing sound engaging and energetic, as you play the main rhythmic pattern of this happy melody around and around!
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Playful Pandas is a great little piece for beginners. We’ve presented it in G, D, and A major to help you get to know these most important keys! Have fun!
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Swishhhhh ... with each line, imagine that the tide is coming in, or going out, and phrase the melody accordingly! For this piece, you’ll need just 1st and 2nd fingers.
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The violin can express an incredible range of emotions, but it’s especially good at the sad stuff! Hankies at the ready for this majorly melancholic melody!
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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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Chirp, chirp! A jolly, cutesy tune that uses only the 1st and 2nd fingers of the left hand … but the chicks will only hatch if you play it all in tune!!
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A sorrowful, lyrical tear-jerker of a tune for which you’ll only need the first and second fingers of the left hand (and a handkerchief to wipe away the tears!)
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