Introducing the positions for violin, vol.1 no.177: A Major scale, 179, 180: shifting 1st/3rd/5th

no.177 A Major scale in 5th position I’m playing the preparation in the recording. This gives you a little opportunity to work on shifting. Also, it is important your hand to be at the 5th position before you start playing the scale. I recorded the scale with drone of A, so that one can hear … Continue reading Introducing the positions for violin, vol.1 no.177: A Major scale, 179, 180: shifting 1st/3rd/5th

On Wing of Songs op.34-2 by Felix Mendelssohn for two violins, arr. by David

As you can see in the previous article, On Wings of Song is a very popular song by early romantic German composer, Felix Mendelssohn found in Introducing the Positions for Violin Vol. 1, which covers the 3rd and 5th positions. (The link is at the bottom of this article.) On Wings of Song is in … Continue reading On Wing of Songs op.34-2 by Felix Mendelssohn for two violins, arr. by David

Introducing the Positions for Violin Vol. 1 no.210: Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, 211: Swanee River, 212: On Wings of Song

no.210 Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes As the book says this is an old (17th century) English ballad. The poem was written by English poet Ben Jonson. It is a love song. Lovers can enjoy feeling good looking at each other so that they do not need to drink wine. 😊 Andante means … Continue reading Introducing the Positions for Violin Vol. 1 no.210: Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes, 211: Swanee River, 212: On Wings of Song

Shinozaki Violin Method Vol.1 no.119, 120 German Dance, no.121 Nearer My God to Thee, no.122 Ordway Dreaming of Home and Mother, no.123 Jingle Bells

No.120 German Dance As you can see in the title, it is a dance. So it would be wonderful if you can play this cheerfully with energy. There are some students who get lost, since the same notes are often repeated. Also, it is hard to feel it in two meter for some beginning students. … Continue reading Shinozaki Violin Method Vol.1 no.119, 120 German Dance, no.121 Nearer My God to Thee, no.122 Ordway Dreaming of Home and Mother, no.123 Jingle Bells

Wohlfahrt Sixty Studies op.45, no.17

  German violinst/violin teacher, Franz Wohlfahrt (1888-1894) wrote a wonderful etudes, Sixty Studies, op.45, which can be the very first etudes for the beginning students. Wohlfahrt op.45, no. 17 no.17 offers the opportunity to develop detache strokes, sense of arpeggios (=intonation) as well as string crossings, and rhythm. Structure It looks like there are many … Continue reading Wohlfahrt Sixty Studies op.45, no.17

Shinozaki Violin Method Vol.1 no. 134: Foster “Old Black Joe”, 135: Hauchard “Clown”, 136, 137, 138: Beethoven “Ode to Joy”

  no.134: Foster “Old Black Joe” This song was composed in 1860 by American song writer, Stephan Foster (1826-1864). Foster wrote over 200 songs. Some very well known songs besides “Old Black Joe” are “Oh! Susanna”, “Swanee River”, and “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair.” He is called “the father of American music”. Foster showed … Continue reading Shinozaki Violin Method Vol.1 no. 134: Foster “Old Black Joe”, 135: Hauchard “Clown”, 136, 137, 138: Beethoven “Ode to Joy”