Music Theory and Note Reading
In this section you will find tools and resources related to music theory and note reading, as well as some background information on sound as it relates to stringed instruments. Topics like "Rhythm" or tips relating to the Fingerboard you will find in the section "Violin Practice".
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.
This is a web based app that generates sight reading sheets according to parameters you set for it. The pricing is reasonable: 29.99/year Go to sightreadingfactory.com. For some reason I can't link to this url.
Rhythm Study Aids
Rhythm a Week
This is one of the rhythm training books I grew up with as a kid. Excellent for developing fluid rhythmic skills.
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.
|Fingerboard Chart Vertical Orientation|
Shaded notes D, A, E, B show the pitch where the next higher string begins and indicates the end of first position.
|Fingerboard Chart with Tapes|
This chart shows all the pitches as well as the position of your tapes. This might make the overview of the fingerboard more comprehendible for those of you who use tapes.
|Interval Chart as it relates to the Violin Fingerboard|
This is a beautifully designed chart by Elke to follow along with the video on Kinesthetic Intonation. Be sure to print on card stock and use the sliding pitch line for maximum benefit.
|Note Names on the Fingerboard: G string|
Stephen Neff designed the following charts to help memorize the note names for each string. Print, laminate and study!
This video is a demo on how to use the Fingering Chart for All Keys chart.
Other theory/note reading resources
Theta Music Trainer
This is a super interactive music theory site. Have loads of fun!
|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.
Learn to Read Music (Softcover)
This is a concise little book with well presented material.
Music Theory Minute
Short music theory videos
There is a section on music with several articles on music fundamentals.
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 Violin and the Physics of Sound
How Standing Waves are Made
This is an animation produced by the University of Colorado. Experiment and watch how our strings work.