Fiddle tunes are vibrant, cheery and fun!
(+ amazing for teaching technique)
I love adding some fiddle music into the mix during February because I live in a part of the country where the sun goes into hiding during this time of the month and frankly, it feels a little dreary.
Fiddle tunes are the perfect pick-me-up to counter the weather and M4YV will be doing 2 flash sales this month on the 3 fiddle collections plus adding a surprise or 2 to the FREEBIES page with a fiddle tune here and there. Stay tuned!
Head on over the M4YV store to take advantage of this sale & brighten your February:
I have been waiting years (literally) to create some musical offerings for alto clef lovers and finally, the day has come!
The 1st M4YV sheet music collection for VIOLA:
LARGE Print Music for Beginning Viola
I love celebrating new collections with a flash sale, so this music will be offered at a $5 price all weekend. Access the sale by clicking here and you will be re-directed to the store.
There is more good news -
I also put together an economy bundle of the LARGE Print Beginners series and included a bonus of the Violin music transcribed down a string. Teachers rejoice - you finally have some material to combine both your alto and treble clef players together - yay!
YES - this is also on sale - click here.
Please let me know if you have any questions this weekend. I am working long shifts but will be sure to check my email at the end of the day.
Samples from the first viola (alto clef) sheet music collection from the Music for Young Violinists project:
If there is a Music for Young Violinists collection you would like to see translated for violists, please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Play along to the 10 easiest violin songs here on this youtube video:
I spent the past 20 years teaching the violin and most of that was using a Suzuki Violin curriculum which begins with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star & rhythmic variations. In my opinion, this is is a difficult piece to begin with since it has 4 sections in A-B-B-A form and uses 6 pitches. I always had to break it down into smaller songs like the Flower Song and Monkey Song in order to teach it to young beginners.
This got me thinking about how I might teach beginners if I were to use a different curriculum so I created the list below and a violin sheet music collection of what I think are the 10 easiest violin songs.
3 Note Songs:
4 Note Song:
5 Note Songs:
6 Note Songs:
Lastly, for clarification, there is a slight error in calling this a list of songs because the definition of a "song" is a piece of music meant to be sung with the human voice versus a "piece" which is composed for an instrument. As you can see from this list above, Spring from the Four Seasons is technically a "piece" and not a "song".
What songs/pieces would you include in this list? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
For the Winter/Spring 2017 free *seasonal download (available here thru June 2017) I decided to do a small collection of folk tunes. After years of being immersed in complex compositions by composers such as J.S. Bach, D. Shostakovich and C. Debussy what captures my attention now is the simplicity of folk music. I don't know why I like these so much - is it because I value simplicity in all areas of my life? I have also speculated that after doing music for so long (37 years) at this point even the most complex sounding compositions always have simple formulas behind them and I like the puzzle of trying to de-code what this simplicity is.
Probably the most unique tunes in this collection are the Icelandic folk songs. I had the opportunity to teach in Iceland one summer and loved that their folk music and children's songs were in mixed meter. This was so different than my early musical exposure and even inspired me to write a piece called Reykjavik Shines for String Quartet in 3 Movements. If mixed meter music thrills you as much as it does me then feel free to view the score of this really quartet by clicking HERE.
WHY ARE THE COUNTRIES SO LIMITED IN THIS PACKET? Maybe you wondered why I did not include more diversity in the pieces in this collection. I really wanted to and even began drafting some other tunes but the limiting logistics of time and energy were a factor. Also, certain traditions of music do not translate easily. For example, my favorite thing to do in my free time is capoeira which is a Brazilian martial art that combines music and movement. I know dozens and dozens of songs from this portion of my life but struggled to find ways of transcribing them for this little collection of folk music - maybe in the future?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD SOMETHING? If you have a PDF of a folk tune that is not copyrighted and would like to post it on the FREEBIES page here at Music for Young Violinists please send me an email. Sharing is fun :)
* This is the 2nd to last free seasonal download I will do. The final one will be published in Spring 2017. I would be so grateful if you passed this good news on to your friends while this opportunity exists - thanks in advance!
Hi! It's me, Heather. I absolutely love working on the Music for Young Violinists project and all the many facets: blogging, website, music, teaching materials, freebies, videos, newsletter and giveaway contests. The best part is connecting with you so feel free to drop me a line. You can learn more about me on the "ABOUT" page. Thanks!