Hi Jackie, welcome to your online lesson notes page!

Here is a link to a playlist of music theory videos from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. I think they’re really clear and witty at the same time so I hope they are helpful!

Mon 14th Sep 2020

The TwoSet video I mentioned is here.

A general technical point to watch out for this week is a curved little finger on your bow.


  • After working on accuracy, follow with a play through of the scale focusing on flow.
  • Practice the top half of your D melodic minor scale slowly, thinking about magnets repelling each other when you get to the crotchet rest:

King George

  • Remember flow in this too!
  • To warm up, play the first line of Fingertips (Fiddle time scales) on the A and E strings, keeping your A string fingers on the string.
  • Practice the first two notes of the piece as semibreves, up bow start, trying to apply the Fingertips technique.
  • Try stopping on the F# in bar 11 5 times in tune.
  • Practice from the upbeat of 13 with a relaxed bow.
  • Find the place in bars 16-17 where you pause and use the troubleshooting technique: practice the two notes either side of the pause, then add a note afterwards, then one before etc. etc.

Mon 31st Aug 2020

Have a go at another Theory paper – I’ll put together a bass clef info sheet for you to have on hand though – I should get that to you on Wednesday. It might be worth doing a bit of revision on the Circle of Fifths before your next paper.

Scales: Don’t forget to listen out for the sound quality – keep the bow gliding smoothly and freely. Practice D harmonic minor and D melodic minor, being particularly aware of the tuning of the 6th and 7th notes.

King George

  • In bar 1, make sure you detach the last two crotchets.
  • Let bar 3’s scale lead into bar 4 without delay and with a clean string crossing.
  • Careful to give a crotchet’s worth of silence in bar 4!
  • Practice the first 3 notes of bar 7 for tuning, perhaps with an open E every other time to keep as a reference point.
  • Aim higher with the 4th finger in bar 14.
  • Sam has brought my attention to a fantastic feature on YouTube whereby you can slow down the speed! Look in the bottom right-hand corner of the video and you’ll find a settings cog. Click on that, then “playback speed” and then choose how slow you’d like it. Then you can play along with the video you found, and then work up to normal speed!

Whenever you’re aiming for a 4th finger note, remember to relax and reach as opposed to stretching and tensing.

Mar 2020

Grade 1 Distinction! 👏

Sat 15th Mar 2014

Your first violin lesson! 😄🎻

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