Parts of the Violin and Bow Printout/Handout

Parts-of-the-Violin-full-page

I was looking at some other violin teacher resources sites, and found this drawing, labelling the parts of the violin and bow beautifully.  I found it on a site called violinteachingresources.wordpress.com which links where they originally got the drawing from, but unfortunately the original site is no longer visible on the Web.  It’s such a shame because someone obviously spent quite a bit of time creating it.

Use it as a poster in your studio, as a reference for beginner violins to paste in a book or as a general handout.

I have adjusted the handout so that you can print out 2 to a page, or one on a larger page here.  I also included the first source at the bottom of the pdf’s:

Parts of the Violin full page

Parts of the Violin 2 to a page

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3 Ways to Read Music Poster

3-Ways-to-Read-Music-posterI came across a poster in Pinterest (of course!) that I really liked, but I couldn’t find the source anywhere (apologies to the brilliant teacher who initially put the photo up).  So I made my own one for my studio wall.

Here’s a pdf of my version.  I printed it out much larger for my wall, but it’s also easy to print out small and stick into student’s workbooks. 3 Ways to Read Music poster

 

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The Frog in the Bog – String Group Easy Violin Trio

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Another fun String Group song.  This one introduces triplets.

I recommend singing it first, to get the feel of the triplets, then clapping it.

The violin 3 part is fantastic for beginners.  Violin 1 and 2 are perfect for 1st and 2nd year students.

Here’s the score of The Frog in the Bog:

The Frog in the Bog score

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Copy Me

Copy-Me-open-strings-and-1st-finger-Score

This is a really simple open string and 1st finger song I wrote for my beginner students to play in their String Group.

I played first, and had them all copy me.  I gave them all the score (not separate parts) so that they could learn to follow along what was being played. I had them sing it:

“Co-py me” for the first line.

“Co-py co-py” for the second line

“Me. Me”. for the third line

and “Co-py me” again for the last line.

Then we played it together.  It was effective.

Here’s a copy (haha) of the music:

Copy Me open strings and 1st finger Score

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Ode to Joy for three violins – easy

Ode-to-Joy-for-three-violins-Score-1

 

This is an easy song I wrote for my String Group (aka violin ensemble).

Most are beginners, with some into their second year of playing.  Because they’re sight reading, I need to keep it simple but effective for them.  My higher grade students will play Vln 1.

Here’s my arrangement of Ode to Joy for three violins:-

Ode to Joy for three violins Score 1

Ode to Joy for three violins Violin 1

Ode to Joy for three violins Violin 2

Ode to Joy for three violins Violin 3

 

 

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Violin Ensemble/ String Group Scale Warm ups and pieces

My ‘String Group’ (violin ensemble) started back up this month.  As I have many beginners, I decided the repertoire had to be really simple.  We concentrated on listening to each other, and playing in tune.

After spending 5 mins tuning everyone up, we started.

Our first song:

G Major Scale simple

Those who wish to play open strings can do so.  Everyone else plays the scale on top.

Variations:

- Ask what people are having for dinner.  Play to that rhythm.

- Play as a round, eliminating the second G top note.

 

Our second song:

D Major Scale and rhythms

Instructions on variations are written on the music.

 

Our third song:

Copy Me open strings and 1st finger

Again, a very simple song using open G and D, and the first fingers on those strings.  I had some students reading the notes as “G or D”, and others reading them as “Do or So”.

 

We finished with The Irish Washerwoman (type that in the search bar on my blog, and it will come up).

It was an awesome no stress night for my beginner students.  Very simple, no-one got embarrassed, and everyone was pretty much in tune.

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Beethoven Movie Theme Exerpt

I had this theme stuck in my mind since the beginning of the year and I wasn’t sure why, as I hadn’t watched the movie for many, many years.  ‘Beethoven’ is about a family who ends up with a very cheeky, loveable and protective Saint Bernard named ‘Beethoven’.

The music is written by Randy Edelman, and I have arranged a section of it for my string Group.  It is in A major, and there is a part for very new beginners, doing pizz on two open strings.  Here is Beethoven’s Opening Theme Excerpt:

Beethoven Opening Theme

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Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference notes

I had no idea that general notes or some sort of transcription was available from previous Pedagogy Conferences.  I was very delighted to stumble across a link, as I was sad to be missing out on the one in Melbourne coming up this year in July, as I have a new little person, and waaaaay too much happening.

Here are the links:-

2005 APPCA

2007 APPCA

2009 APPCA

2011 APPCA

2013 APPCA

They don’t contain all the notes, probably just a summary of what the presenters were going to discuss.  Obviously it would be more helpful to attend these events, but if you cant, the notes are better than nothing!

 

 

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Yodel Away

For a bit of fun for my String Group, I wrote a Yodel song.  It’s very simple for 3 violins but we had fun trying to see how fast we could play it.

Here is the score (it is only 3 pages, and should fit okay on a music stand): Yodel Away Feb 2014

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A Very, Very Cold Song

Yes, I did an arrangement of this song for three violins.  I’m sure you can guess which one.  Hopefully I won’t get into trouble for posting my arrangement here, as it was done off the top of my head.  I have only seen the movie once and loved it.

Anyways, here’s the score for my ‘Cold Song’: Let It Go Frozen A major

It’s rather long, so here are the three separate parts as well:-

Let It Go Frozen A major Violin 1

Let It Go Frozen A major Violin 2

Let It Go Frozen A major Violin 3

I didn’t write a tempo on it (oops), but it should go about 118 crotchet/whole note beats.  Enjoy!

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