Can you survive the 10 Beat Challenge? It’s a great exercise for warming up your bowing action, and for making clear and consistent sounds on whole bows.
This traditional English piece is probably best known for its interpretation by Simon & Garfunkel. We’ve arranged it for you in four different keys or ‘transpositions’, so that you can choose which note pattern to play!
An exclusive ViolinSchool piece for practising left hand pizzicato. In this video we’ll learn how to pluck the strings using the left hand, and where to place the hand in order to make a good sound.
There are two main types of mutes for the violin: mutes that change the sound for expressive purposes, and mutes that reduce the sound so that you can practise quietly.
A whistlestop tour around some fundamental violin-playing ideas… as scribbled on the wall of ViolinSchool’s research studio in London!
How to play notes on the violin by plucking the string with your finger, without using a bow!
Before you start to play, you should ‘wind up’ the bow to increase their tension. And unwind them again before you put the bow away!
Learn how to rosin your bow before you start to play the violin.
OK… now it’s your turn! We’re going to create your first piece of music, by plucking the strings of the violin.
Fresh from a recording session at Abbey Road, Simon explains why it’s really important to know how to subdivide.
When you find yourself in a totally new performance situation, the freedom of your breathing becomes more important than ever…
It might sound obvious, but it’s a common error to rely on your instinct before your muscles are properly trained. Visualisation can help…
Get started with the violin: learn which part of the instrument is which, and find out the main pieces of equipment you’ll need to start playing!
How to find a violin before you start learning to play for the first time.
A video lesson on In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg
A Video Lesson for ‘Three’s A Crowd!’, an exclusive ViolinSchool piece!
A Video Lesson showing you how to play ‘A Clean Sweep!’ – an exclusive ViolinSchool piece.
When placing your fingers on the fingerboard, make sure you consider your arm position too.
How to tune the strings of the violin.
How to create a checklist to maintain a good body posture whilst playing the violin.
The freedom of your breathing is crucially important for good violin-playing!
How to use checklists to improve the consistency of your violin-playing.