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“Roar” by Katy Perry | Viola Sheet Music

“Roar” by Katy Perry | Viola Sheet Music     One of my favorite things to do as a musician is to transcribe popular music for viola. I like to create simplified arrangements so that even my beginner students can learn to play these fun pieces. Today, I’m excited to share my printable viola sheet…

violin practice tips

Violin Practice Tips | Online Violin Lessons

Violin Practice Tips | Online Violin Lessons     Learning how to play the violin may seem simple at first. In reality, it takes a lot of dedication to master the instrument and develop a beautiful tone. Today I’m sharing my top practice tips to help make your violin practice more efficient and effective. These…

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Common Violin Bow Holds | Online Violin Lessons

Common Violin Bow Holds | Online Violin Lessons     How you choose to hold your violin bow can make all the difference in how your playing sounds. Different bow holds can produce different results, and it’s important to be intentional about how you hold the bow if you want to be intentional with the…

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Danny Boy | Violin Sheet Music

Danny Boy | Violin Sheet Music     To honor St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I’m sharing my arrangement of the traditional Irish tune “Danny Boy”. Frederick Weatherly penned the lyrics to the song in 1910 and it was set to the traditional Irish tune “Londonderry Air” in 1913. It has been a beloved tune…

types of violin bows

3 Types of Violin Bows | Online Violin Lessons

3 Types of Violin Bows | Online Violin Lessons     When it comes to violin bows, there are pricing options for every level. Bows can differ in quality depending on the type of material they are made with. Here are three types of violin bows you can find on the market and the pros…

travel tips

How to Travel With Your Violin | Online Violin Teacher

How to Travel With Your Violin | Online Violin Teacher     Traveling with an instrument can be stressful, but being prepared can help you travel with peace of mind.  If you are traveling over Presidents’ Day weekend and want to bring your violin with you, it’s important to plan ahead in order to keep…

l-o-v-e

L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole | Violin Sheet Music

L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole | Violin Sheet Music     With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m sharing my arrangement of the beloved song “L-O-V-E”. Originally performed by Nat King Cole, this arrangement is arranged for violin with a simple piano accompaniment.   This arrangement is suitable for violin students in Suzuki Book…

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Technique Tracker | Viola Practice Motivation

Technique Tracker | Viola Practice Motivation     I have always been a gentle and encouraging teacher with high expectations. I recently started incorporating more specific goals (disguised as games and sticker charts) to encourage my students to improve their playing. I have started using this technique tracker that I created to reinforce good techniques…

Finger Patterns

Violin Finger Patterns | Online Violin Lessons

Violin Finger Patterns | Online Violin Lessons     Finger patterns refer to the spatial patterns between the left hand fingers. Violinists use different finger patterns to produce different scales and perform pieces using those scales.  There are 8 finger patterns, and each scale uses unique finger patterns to create the half and whole step…

3 Practice Aids That Are Worth Your Money (and 2 that aren’t) | Online Violin Lessons

3 Practice Aids That Are Worth Your Money (and 2 that aren’t) | Online Violin Lessons     Do a quick google search on “violin learning aids” and you’ll find lots of results for all sorts of accessories you can purchase to help you with your violin technique. While some of these aids definitely have…

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Why Violinists Need Short Nails | Online Violin Lessons

Why Violinists Need Short Nails | Online Violin Lessons     Musicians are adamant about keeping their fingernails short. Growing up, it was not uncommon for my music teachers to have nail clippers on hand for students who showed up with nails that were too long. Keeping your fingernails trimmed is a simple way to…

ear health

How to Prioritize Ear Health | Online Violin Lessons

How to Prioritize Ear Health | Online Violin Lessons     As a musician, taking extra precautions around your hearing is vital for your ear health. This is especially true if you are a violinist or violist, as the sound holes are directly under your ears. Over time, exposure to these high decibels may damage…