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We get this question a LOT at ViolinSchool! But, honestly... Who can know?! As the saying goes, How long is a piece of string?  ... it's kind of impossible to know the answer to this question, because it depends on so many factors that are personal to YOU. What's much more important ( (Read more)
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Having a good structure to your violin practice, as described in the Practice Menu, is important. But it isn't everything... you also need to be able to use time efficiently within your practice time. That means knowing what to do... which types of exercises will be helpful, and which kinds of ac (Read more)
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One of the most important skills any violinist can have is knowing how to practise! This one single skill can transform your progress, because if you always know how to improve then you'll always be getting better and better! A big part of knowing how to practise is being able to create a usef (Read more)
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When we begin learning a piece of music, and find that it contains tough challenges, it's time to break down what's going on and understand the individual elements of each problem. Complex music often requires complex violin technique. And in tricky passages, it's common to have several movements (Read more)
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When you first start working on a piece of music, the most important priorities can seem quite clear. Maybe there are obvious technical problems that you know you need to fix, or tricky passages which demand extra attention. Issues like these are reasonably straightforward to diagnose, and fi (Read more)
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What is a Practice Journal? I like to think of a Violin Practice Journal as less of a physical thing, and more as an approach to keeping a record of your practice. However you choose to keep your journal - notebook, app, word document... or my favourite, old scraps of paper stored in a cardboard (Read more)
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Metronomes, mirrors and tuners are fantastic tools for a violinist. Metronomes can help you to keep time. Mirrors can help you to see whether your bow is straight. And tuners - not least the all-singing, all-dancing digital tuners that are now available as smartphones - make it easy. Just fo (Read more)
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[wpf_update_tags][wpf_update_meta]If you've been around ViolinSchool any length of time, then you've probably heard us talk about the importance of checklists. For years, we've been making the point that the purpose of a checklist is to systemise your behaviour, ideally to the point that it can (Read more)
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Start with the core musical elements The basic building blocks of music are rhythm, pitch, and sound. When a scale is played well, the pitch is even so all of the notes with the same name in different octaves are in tune with each other. The tone quality and rhythm are even, not disturbed by bow (Read more)
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In this feature, we'll take a look at how often you should practise sight-reading, what music you should use, and how to structure your sight-reading practice to get the best results. When and what to practise Sight-reading is an important skill that you should be developing regularly during you (Read more)
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  “To rely on muscular habit, which so many of us do in technique, is indeed fatal. A little nervousness, a muscle bewildered and unable to direct itself, and where are you? For technique is truly a matter of the brain.” Fritz Kreizler, violinist and composer 1875 -1962 Visualisation, (Read more)
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