Music Theory and Note Reading


Dolmesch Music Theory website
There is a section on music with several articles on music fundamentals.
How Standing Waves are Made
This is an animation produced by the University of Colorado. Experiment and watch how our strings work.

Ear Training

Ear Training

Note Names and Placement on Fingerboard

Fingerboard Workshop Series
Diane Allen has created workbooks for learning the notes names and there location on the staff.
Table of Pitches on Staff Corresponding to Piano Keys

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.
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.


 Fingerboard Chart Horizontal Orientation
 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.
 Quick Piano Keyboard Reference Chart
 Blank Fingerboard Chart
 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.


Other theory/note reading resources

Blank Music Theory Paper
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.
Basic Music Theory by Jonathan Harnum
An excellent course in music theory, and it's free! It's a large file so takes a while to download.
Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music


Theory Website with clear lessons and explanations
Music Theory and History Online
Music Notes Website
Music Theory Minute
short music theory videos

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.
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
Great sheets for sight reading!