Music Theory and Note Reading


In this section you will find tools and resources related to music theory, note reading, and rhythm training as well as some background information on sound as it relates to stringed instruments.

Tips relating to the Fingerboard you will find in the section "Violin Practice".

Sight Reading

Improve Your Sight-reading! Violin, Grade 1: Grade 1
I'm a huge fan of anything Faber Music Publishes, and the Author Paul Harris is a great violin pedagogue. This is the first of a series of books to help improve sight reading skills. Buy all of them.
Great sheets for sight reading!
Apps to improve sight reading can be found in the "Software and Apps" section
Also check out "Sight Reading" in the "Recommended Sheet Music Library"

Rhythm Study Aids

A Rhythm a Week
This is one of the rhythm training books I grew up with as a kid. Excellent for developing fluid rhythmic skills.
Rhythm Flash Cards
Basics in Rhythm (Meredith Music Resource)
Well organized and presentation of rhythmic study sheets.
More Basics in Rhythm (Meredith Music Resource)
This is a level beyond the Basics in Rhythm.

Music Theory

Ascension Sounds - Theory Website with clear lessons and explanations
Learn to Read Music (Softcover)
This is a concise little book with well presented material.
Dolmetsch - Music Theory and History Online
Music Theory Minute
Short music theory videos
Table of Pitches on Staff Corresponding to Piano Keys
Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
There is a section on music with several articles on music fundamentals.
Theta Music Trainer
This is a super interactive music theory site. Have loads of fun!
This website was developed by a group of composers and theory majors from University of Texas. The subscription price is reasonable and I sampled some of the games and quizzes and they are excellent.

Background Information on the Violin and the Physics of Sound

 Sound and Sound Waves by Douglas and Catherine Jones
This is a very informative paper written on sound production as it relates to stringed instruments.
How Standing Waves are Made
This is an animation produced by the University of Colorado. Experiment and watch how our strings work.

Charts and Worksheets

 Quick Piano Keyboard Reference Chart
Blank Music Theory Paper
Scale Construction Cheat Sheet
Make your own moveable chart to easily look up mayor or minor scales. The charts work for mayor and minor keys up to five flats or sharps.