String Group

The Frog in the Bog – String Group Easy Violin Trio

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 &hellip Continue reading »

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Copy Me

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 &hellip Continue reading »

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Ode to Joy for three violins – easy

  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 &hellip Continue reading »

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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 &hellip Continue reading »

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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, &hellip Continue reading »

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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 &hellip Continue reading »

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My version of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

So this isn’t exactly ‘Happy’, but it does have that familiar tune.  I added in a few extras to make it my own arrangement of it. My students certainly loved playing it, and it’s short and sweet.  I wrote it for 4 violins, and the melody is shared between Violin 1 and Violin 2. Hope &hellip Continue reading »

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Christmas String Group in November

December is always a busy time of year, so we did our Christmas String Group songs in November, and we had December off. I thought it would be lots of fun to invite the parents in, give them some percussion to do in our Christmas songs, and perform some favourite previous String Group pieces we had &hellip Continue reading »

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Friday Night at the Movies Violin Trio

This violin trio is an original piece of mine.  I had the idea of dramatic movie themes, and taking my violin students on a movie journey during their Friday Night String Group.  This piece has been one of their absolute favourites so far.  We couldn’t get it quite up to speed on the night, but we &hellip Continue reading »

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