String Group

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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When You Wish Upon A Star violin trio

I wrote out this arrangement in September 2013 for my String Group.  It sounded great with the three parts! I haven’t included any fingering, but the top part does require some position work. When You Wish Upon a Star

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‘Nimrod’ from the Enigma Variations for 4 Violins

I love this piece by Edward Elgar.  There is something so soothing about it, so moving.  It was also one of the last pieces the Athens Symphony Orchestra played after it was asked to shut down by their Government   So sad! I wrote out an arrangement for my String Group, for 4 violins. It’s not an easy &hellip Continue reading »

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All Through the Night – String Group

Another String Group song: All Through the Night for 4 violins. A very simple but pretty arrangement:- All Through The Night 4 violins The melody is shared between violin 1 and violin2.

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A Natural Minor Scale Round – Violin Trio

A very simple round for students to play – the A Natural Minor scale as a round/violin trio. I love the harmonies created by the natural minor scales, and as the AMEB don’t have string players play them (only as the melodic minor scale descending), it is up to teachers to explain them and have their &hellip Continue reading »

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String Group Boy Band Medley

*Giggles with this post*  This is the most absurd thing I have ever written!  Honestly!  I came up with this little number on the Friday night directly after the May String Group session.  For some unknown reason, once the girls had all left, I had a Take That song in my head, quickly followed by One &hellip Continue reading »

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Violin La Vida – String Group Style

This one is definitely a favourite.  By popular request, I spent a lot of time arranging this little number.  It is one of the harder ones to keep everyone together, but so much fun! The fourth violin part is tricky – in that it is so easy to lose where you’re up to, but it’s &hellip Continue reading »

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Denley Shindig – String Group

What am I getting out of my String Group?  I get to try out a whole heap of cool ideas on my very willing and able subjects ;D  I’m also able to teach them different styles of music.  But most importantly, I get to let my hair down and just have fun with my students.  &hellip Continue reading »

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String Group Sight Reading

I have been surprising the students in my String Group with sight reading each Friday that they’re here.  It’s not particularly difficult sight reading, but does have some techniques that they may have just learned in their lessons (for the second grade students anyway), or it’s good revision for the higher grade students.  We only have &hellip Continue reading »

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