Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Christmas piece for violin added to

New addition to the free sheet music section, "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire".
Christmas seems far away but get going early on this music to impress your friends. This page will fill quickly with more X-mas favorites.
New Christmas sheet music section

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Learn to play "Ave Maria" on the violin.

Learn to play "Ave Maria" on the violin.
Ave Maria was written by Franz Peter Schubert, and Austrian composer who died at the age of 31 but still managed to write well over 600 Lieder (voice and accompaniment), nine symphonies, liturgical music, operas, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music.
This simple sheet-music for violin includes bowing suggestions, string indications, dynamics, and fingering. Download, save, print and play this and much more free violin sheet music at

Ave Maria with 1st pos fingerings

Ave Maria without fingerings

Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Over the Rainbow" for violin

Learn to play "Over The Rainbow" on the violin.
Over the Rainbow is often referred to as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and is a classic Academy Award-winning ballad song with music by Harold Arlen. It was written for the movie "The Wizard of Oz"
This simple sheet-music for violin includes bowing suggestions, string indications, dynamics, and fingering. Download, save, print and play this and much more free violin sheet music at

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Cecilio CVN-600 vs CVN-700

Cecilio offers two higher priced quality violins called the CVN-600 and CVN-700. The CVN600 goes for $399 whereas the CVN700 costs $499. I find both instruments well worth the price. This CVN700 has a sweeter sound and quicker reaction time to quick notes. Both fiddles can be played extremely high without any problems. This CVN600 has a more powerful overall tone though the E-string dominates slightly over the other strings. In my opinion they would benefit greatly if more precision was taken when fitting the sound-posts. I am able to see space under the foot of one of the sound posts. Keep posted for details on how you can win one of these fiddles and which will be the next on the raffle schedule.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Learn to play harmonics on the violin

This tutorial will teach the basics of playing harmonics otherwise known as flageolets on the violin. Learn where and how to place your finger to get an octave or two octaves above the open strings. Learn also how to play a 13th above.  Listen to a simple explanation and demo of how to play fingered harmonics as well. Remember to bow close to the bridge for the best harmonics. See more tutorials at

Try my new RHYTHM GAME!!!!!

This game is designed to teach musicians to count rhythms. Learn to read rhythm notations while having fun. The beginners level contains whole, half, quarter and eighth notes. Intermediate level contains the same plus sixteenth notes and dotted rhythms. The advanced level contains all of the above plus more advanced dotted rhythms and triplets.  First choose a level then begin the game by pressing "Begin game" followed by a 4 beat count-off.  
The SPACE BAR is used to tap the floating notes on the beat as they float over the green beat line.
Listen carefully to the drum loop for the tempo while counting. 
The more accurate you are tapping the correct rhythm, the higher your score will be. ENJOY!!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011


Here is a little 4th of July addition for those of you who wish to surprise your friends and family with: The Star Spangled Banner, for violin including bowing and fingering suggestions :-)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Help me test the BETA version of the new RHYTHM COUNTING GAME

Please help me test the BETA version of the RHYTHM COUNTING GAME
I am considering changing the background music to something that makes it easier to keep the real beat in mine. Such as 1,2,3,4 being counted out loud. If the game lags, try quitting some programs.

A date has been decided for the free Electric Violin raffle.

I will be raffling the Cecilio Silent Electric Violin on the 6th of August at 11AM onFiddlerman TV. The eligible contestants will be chosen from the most deserving entries found under THIS forum topic. With help from my members I will be choosing around 10 deserving entries and let faith determine a winner from a drawing.
For your chance to win this fiddle, visit THIS link and follow the instructions carefully.

Cecilio's CVN-200 vs CVN-300 violin test

Watch my comparison of Cecilio's similarly priced CVN-200 and CVN-300. The CVN200 goes for $99 and the CVN300 $129. Both instruments bare great value for the buck though with these two examples the less expensive CVN-200 had few faults, Great sound and a nice look with the Rosewood fittings and solid one piece back. For your chance to win one of these violins visit on a regular basis for details as to which violin is next on the Raffle schedule. For free tutorials, sheet-music, games and advice, visit