Violin

I’ll be gradually adding more content over the coming days, weeks and months, so keep checking back and there should be more pieces for you to try!

How To Tune A Violin


Pieces only using open strings

Open Strings On The Violin – pdf fact sheet

 

Just relax…and play G – a bowing exercise to help you practise long bows (no sheet music required!)

 

Exhaling on E – another slow, steady exercise to practise your bowing, this time on the E string. No sheet music required, just play E nine times, circle the bow round, and repeat.

 

Dreaming of D – a slightly quicker exercise to practise long D string notes. No sheet music required – just play D seven times, circle the bow round, and repeat.

 

“A” String Unwinding – one more open string exercise to give your bow some slow, steady practice. No sheet music required, just play A eight times, then eight more!

 

Open String Exercises – With Piano – here’s the sheet music for the exercises above, in case you have a pianist in your family and would like to play these pieces together!

 

First Violin Pieces – pdf sheet music

 

Elves, Alligators, Dragons and Goblins – pdf sheet music

 

More Pieces For Open Strings – pdf sheet music

 

QUIZ: Note Names – violin 1 – pdf worksheet

 


Pieces using open strings and 1st finger

1st Finger Notes On The Violin – pdf factsheet

Copycat duets – pdf sheet music (written out as a duet – I’m playing the ‘teacher’ part in the video below)

 

Pieces For 1st Finger – pdf sheet music

 

More Pieces For 1st Finger – pdf sheet music

 

Trickier Pieces For 1st Finger – pdf sheet music

 

Tap Dancer – no pdf available but you can find this in Fiddle Time Joggers (Oxford).

 

Rhythm Fever – no pdf available but you can find this in Fiddle Time Joggers (Oxford).

 

Ally Bally – no pdf available but you can find this in Fiddle Time Joggers (Oxford).

 

QUIZ: Note Names – violin 2 – pdf worksheet (open strings and 1st finger notes)

 


Introducing 2nd finger

2nd Finger Notes On The Violin – pdf factsheet

 

Pieces For 2nd Finger – pdf sheet music

 

More Pieces For 2nd Finger – pdf sheet music

 

Shortnin’ Bread – no pdf available but you can find this in Fiddle Time Joggers (Oxford).

 

QUIZ: Note Names – violin 3 – pdf work sheet (open strings, 1st finger & 2nd finger)

 


Introducing 3rd finger

3rd Finger Notes On The Violin – pdf factsheet

 

First Scales On The Violin – pdf sheet music (A major, D major and G major)

 

Some Well-Known Songs – pdf sheet music (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Frere Jacques & London’s Burning)

 

First Pieces For 3rd Finger – pdf sheet music

 

Duet – Hot Air Balloon – pdf sheet music

 

Duet – Stomping Dance – pdf sheet music

 

Patrick’s Reel – no pdf available but you can find this in Fiddle Time Joggers (Oxford).

 

Li’l Liza Jane – no pdf available but you can find this in Fiddle Time Joggers (Oxford).

 

QUIZ: Note Names – on the violin – pdf worksheet

 


New place for 2nd finger – close to 1st finger

 

Happy Birthday – pdf sheet music

 

Bb Blues – pdf sheet music

 

D minor – pdf sheet music

 

Slurred Notes – pdf sheet music

 


New place for 3rd finger – stretched

Coming soon!

 


Faster pieces – Folk Tunes

 

Three Scottish Tunes – no pdf available but you can find these in The Ceilidh Collection (Boosey & Hawkes) or look them up on www.thesession.org or www.folktunefinder.com.

 

Three Irish Jigs: From The New Country, Blackthorn Stick & Irish Washerwoman – no pdf available but you can these tunes printed in The Ceilidh Collection (Boosey & Hawkes) or look them up on www.thesession.org or www.folktunefinder.com.

 

Dancing Bear & Soldier’s Joy – two traditional reels

 


Playing in 3rd position

 

Midnight Song – no pdf available but you can find this piece in Fiddle Time Sprinters (Oxford). It’s played here on piano to help with tuning during position changes.

 

Syncopation – a pdf of exercises to practise the rhythm “quaver crotchet quaver”

 

Violin Scales – pdf of all scales up to 4 sharps and 3 flats, including grade 1, grade 2 and grade 3 level scales, although the bowing is more advanced. I’ve also included all the relative harmonic minors (many of which are not tested until later grades), and some third position.

Violin Arpeggios – as above