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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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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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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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Legendary marksman William Tell shot an arrow through an apple on his son's head to prove his accuracy! Can you reach the same level of precision?
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We talk about playing scales all the time, but we rarely hear the reason why. Visit here to find out why we should play scales & why they are so important.
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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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When the Saints Go Marching In is a well-known piece of music that began life in the early 1900s as an American Gospel hymn.
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Ahoy there! This sea shanty was sung by sailors as they went about their work. It then became popular with landlubbers, and enjoys a second life as a popular song!
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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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Time for some dynamics! Go from quiet to loud, to quiet, to very loud, to infinity and beyond!! Think about the speed, weight and contact point of the bow.
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What goes up must come down! Aim for fluid, graceful arm motions and land the bow smoothly onto the string. Make nice big circles with your arm during the rests!
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Each of these super-shifting-scales will help you get your left hand moving smoothly between different positions - in the key of your choice!
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Violin Notes – learn how to play this classic violin piece using three fingers and two strings on your violin.
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Violin Notes – learn how to play this classic violin piece using three fingers and two strings on your violin.
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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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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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Tricky Trills will help you to practise double-stopped trills. Trills in thirds … trills in sixths … trills in octaves … and more … Very tricky trills indeed!
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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.
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Um cha cha … Um cha cha … Join us for a waltz, a delightful dance in triple time … try to feel the pattern of three beats - strong-weak-weak - in each bar … Um cha cha!
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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!
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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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Here’s a set of three short pieces for beginner violinists to try out the pizzicato (string-plucking) technique, using a selection of different rhythms!
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This Old Man is a traditional English folk song that's popular as a children's nursery rhyme. Give the old man plenty of energy when it gets louder halfway through!
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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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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 bow on the violin goes up and down, up and down, up and down … The bow on the violin goes up and down, aaaaaaall daaaaay looooong!!
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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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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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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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This is the sharp symbol ... looks like the hashtag symbol! A sharp raises the pitch of a note by one semitone (half step).
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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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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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Here are the keys that you'll come across when playing violin music ... and the sharps and flats that appear in each one!
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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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The Grasshopper loves to jump from string to string! In this exclusive ViolinSchool piece, you’ll need to move your bow quickly and cleanly between the strings.
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This is the flat symbol ... looks like a lowercase 'b' ... A flat lowers the pitch of a note by one semitone (half step).
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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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Can’t reach the cookie jar? That’s no problem … a violin bow has many uses! Enjoy this catchy little tune in D major and save us a cookie!
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Offenbach's famous 'Can-Can' is a classic of the genre... a high-octane dance that's full of energy, and sure to get your feet tapping!
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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!
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Can you survive the 10 Beat Challenge? A great exercise for warming up your bowing, and for making clear and consistent sounds on whole bows.
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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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Find the best hand shapes for these double stops... all the way up to 4th position!
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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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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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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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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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Zzzzzzzzzoooom! The Super Speedy Super-Fly goes super-fast and super-high ... buzzing around happily in A major … up, up, up to a top A on the E string!
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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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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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In this piece, we get used to playing nice long minims (half notes) using the whole of the bow!
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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!
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ViolinSchool’s String Crossing Exercises – eight pages of rhythm and bowing patterns – will help you get really really good at crossing strings!
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A great study for practising staccato strokes, Staccato Spritzer is also a delightful piece of music … with a very cheeky ending!
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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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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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Keep a steady pulse of three in a bar and create a sound as majestic and mysterious as the snowy owl! Not too loud or you’ll scare away the lemmings!
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Practisssssse your ssslurs and sssssssssmooth ssssstring crossssssings!! Keep the right arm fluid and relaxed; try to avoid any sudden jerking movements!
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Doors … check! Seatbelt … check! Mirrors … check! Goooooooooo! Practise smooth bow changes, smooth slurs, and smooth string crossings for a smooth, smooth ride!
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A piece for long, slow bows featuring long, slow whole notes (semibreves). Try to use the whole bow for a smoooooooth, resonant sound!
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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!
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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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