Saturday, March 31, 2012

Learn to play "Star of the County Down" on the violin or fiddle

From the video of my daughter Joanna and I playing "Star of the County Down"
Find the free sheet music for this piece on this page:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

You can win a CVA500 viola

If you are interested in learning viola why not take a chance and enter the competition. Just make a promotional video and follow all the rules for the competition found on the news page of

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Vibrato for Dummies - For Violin and Viola

When attempting to vibrate for the first time or when relearning vibrato the right way, start on the E string with the 1st or 2nd finger until you feel secure.
Apply the fingertip to the fingerboard without pressing too hard and keep your finger round and errect. Apply more pressure on the left side of your finger tips.
Pull back with your hold hand and arm keeping your wrist straight (arm vibrato) so that the finger joints straighten out somewhat.
Bring your hand and arm back to the original position.
Do this repetitively until you feel that the motion is becoming natural and pick up the tempo progressively. Try to have a smooth, even, and consistent motion.
When you have mastered the vibrato on the 1st and 2nd fingers add the 3rd and 4th but don’t switch strings until you feel comfortable with your motion.
The lower the string the harder it becomes to vibrate because of the angle of your fingers. Keep your arm under the violin and not too much to the left. This will bring your fingers closer to the strings.

See the below video and for more tutorials visit


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sheet music for Vispolska by Klas-Göran Wahlgren

Download, print and play the Swedish folk duet for two violins called "Vispolska" written by Klas-Göran Wahlgren