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  • Violin Survival


    Mr S Heron NEELB

  • Violin Survival Kit Scott Heron - NEELB

    Contents Beginners:

    Beginner Violin Shopping List


    Violin Finger charts

    Gettin the Know How to Practice

    Music Theory Factsheet No.1

    Puncture Repair Kit

    The Smartie Game

    Samurai Sword Bow

    Bow Check List

    Useful apps

    Operation Bow

    Listening Homework

    Listening Homework Record Sheet Grade 1: Grade 1 Violin Shopping List The Low Down on the ABRSM grade exams A Guideline for Grade 1, ABRSM Violin Sight-Reading Grade 1 ABRSM Scale Flash Cards Grade 2: Grade 2 Violin Shopping List A Guideline for Grade 2, ABRSM Violin Sight-Reading Grade 2 ABRSM Scale Flash Cards Grade 3: Grade 3 Violin Shopping List A Guideline for Grade 3, ABRSM Violin Sight-Reading Grade 3 ABRSM Scale Flash Cards Advanced Violinists: Advanced Students - The Art of Practicing

  • Violin Survival Kit Scott Heron - NEELB

    Beginner Violin Shopping List Congratulations on having being selected to play the violin! Your teachers and I have noticed that you have musical ability. It will be interesting to see how your talent will blossom as I help you gain knowledge, technique and experience. A wonderful musician said to me once that playing an instrument is just like playing a Playstation game with infinite levels. The possibilities and opportunities are endless. The violin is used in lots of different styles of music, from classical, pop, rock, jazz, religious music, etc. A good example of a violinist doing this today is Vanessa-Mae. Watch her playing on YouTube. But remember, you only get out of it what you put into it. Your part of the bargain is to always do you best during the lessons and at home, as am I sure you will. You only get out of it what you put into it. The key to success in the violin is practice. Each week I will set you a homework. In order to complete this, I would recommend that you practice a minimum of 15 minutes, 4-6 days per week. Of course, if you practice more than that, you will make even faster progress. If you dont think you can do this it would be best to let me know and we can arrange to give the place to another student. You will most likely be in a class with other students. We will try as best as possible to progress together at the same pace. In order to do this it is important to have made an effort during the week to avoid anyone getting frustrated from being held back. If anyone has a problem please let me know and I am only too happy to help. Dont ever be afraid of making mistakes. That is how we learn. I will be giving you a green practice record. It is important for parents to fill in the amount of time spent practicing every day in the appropriate boxs and sign this at the end of the week (see Instrumental Tuition A Guide for Schools and Parents). As a reward for doing at least 6 days practice for 15 minutes per day and the form being filled in and signed I will reward each student with a sticker. When you are due to get your 10th sticker I will award you a really cool, special sticker! Please buy these 6 items: 1) Fiddle Time Joggers by Kathy and David Blackwell, and published by Oxford University

    Press. This is a really fun book and includes a cd. 2) Strings in Step for Violin, Book 1, by Jan Dobbins and published by Oxford University Press.

    It also includes a cd.

  • Violin Survival Kit Scott Heron - NEELB

    3) A block of violin rosin. This helps the hair to rub against the string and cause it to vibrate, making a lovely sound. A good make is Hindersine. I would recommend Hindersine 6V Violin Rosin.

    4) An electronic metronome/chromatic tuner. This is an invaluable tool for developing a sense

    of pulse, a skill which is vital for playing in any ensemble. There are many on the market. The one I would recommend is Boss TU-80 chromatic tuner. It is reasonably priced and relatively simple to use. It comes with a tone generator which can help you to work out if your strings are in tune or not. There are reviews and tutorials on YouTube. Alternatively, download a free metronome app.

    5) A shoulder rest. There are many on the market. It is important to make sure that you chose

    the correct size. I would recommend the Kun Mini collapsible violin shoulder rest (fits 1/16 size), retailing at around 22, or the Kun Junior collapsible violin shoulder rest (fits - ), retailing at around 30, depending on what size of violin your child is given. I like this type because it is comfortable and fully adjustable. Another option is to buy a medium sized sponge and attach it to the violin with an elastic band. I will show you how to do this.

    6) It is not entirely necessary, but once you know what size of violin you have, it is often a good

    idea to buy a spare set of strings so I can replace a broken one immediately. A bit like a spare tyre in a car. Astrea is a reasonably priced beginner string. Alternatively you can buy these as and when you need them, but you may be without a string for a week or so.

    7) There are numerous places where you can buy the above. I would recommend You might like to check out a local music store such as Matchetts Music in Belfast (028 9032 6695) or Nicholl Brothers in Ballymena (028 2564 9616).

  • Violin Survival Kit Scott Heron - NEELB

    QUIZLET is a superb website which specializes in flashcards. I use it for 2 different purposes: 1) LEARN ITALIAN MUSICAL TERMS

    Amongst other categories it includes a list of the Italian terms that are necessary to learn for the ABRSM theory exams and are useful to help you understand the Italian words you may come across in sight reading part of the practical ABRSM grade exams. It is a tradition in music that many composers used Italian as their common language giving tempo or expression directions. You can use this in a number of ways:

    play a quiz game

    3 different memorization techniques

    print out the complete list of terms

    print out flash cards All of these are superb aids to memorization. If you come across an Italian word in your sight reading or in a piece you are working on or in an orchestra piece, check it out in quizlet and commit it to memory. As well as helping you to make an appropriate tempo choice, you are also learning a bit of Italian as well.


    An effective way of helping you to memorize your scales for the ABRSM grade exams, and to increase your fluency, is to print off the scale cards that I have put onto quizlet. I have included grades 1-3 for violin, viola, cello and double bass. Just follow the simple instructions. Alternatively, use the cards included in this booklet. Start by applying Pritstick to the b ack of each card and glue together. You now have a pack of cards with a front describing the scale and a back telling you what grade they are. Shuffle them and pick up the top card. Turn it over and play the scale. If necessary use your scale book first, then try again from memory. Eventually try to avoid using the book at all. Once you have completed the first scale from memory, proceed to the next card and continue until you have completed all the cards. Do this once or twice every day, trying to increase your fluency. Perhaps start slowly using a metronome. Increase the pulse with every repetition until you can play at the required tempo. Picking a card at random replicates the exam scenario, as the examiner will not be ask you to play them in order. If you have an iphone or ipad you can also download the quizlet app. Have fun!

  • Violin Survival Kit Scott Heron - NEELB

  • Violin Survival Kit Scott Heron - NEELB

    Gettin the Know How to Practice A TECHNIQUE FOR BEGINNERS

    People often say practice makes perfect. Thats right, isnt it? Well, it depends on the quality of your practice. You want to aim to practise playing correctly more of the time, rather than practising your mistakes. Its common sense. The main problem that people experience is that they try to do too much at once, and end up doing everything poorly. With this new technique we focus on one thing at a time. We build each individual element and then move onto the next stage. Eventually you will be able to combine the different elements of the music and multitask successfully. You cant run before you can walk! Therefore, lets divide our practice into 5 stages:

    1) Listen 2) Rhythm 3) Notes 4) Other Musical Elements 5) Play

    STAGE 1 Listen to the CD If at all possible, listen to a recording of the piece you are playing. This is the fastest way to speed learn a new piece of music. Even without trying you will absorb lots of information about the rhythm, melody and how the different parts relate to one another, the tempo, dynamics etc.

    STAGE 2 Rhythm is the Foundation of Music Step 1: Listen to a cd recording of the music you are playing and follow your written music at the same time by tracing it with your finger as it goes along. This will give you an idea of the overall shape of the piece of music. At this point you may have encountered some difficulties and have some questions. Points to look out for to help you answer your questions: 1) What is the time signature? Notes are often put into groups of 2, 3, or 4 and divided by bar

    lines. 2) What are the different note values in the music? Are you familiar with them? 3) What are you like at changing from one note value to another whilst keeping a pulse with

    your metronome? 4) Take note of any repeat signs or DC or Dal segno signs. Step 2: Then