This is a fascinating video, showing the almost hypnotic process of engraving music by hand. It's something of a dying art, with software such as Sibelius and LilyPond improving all the time in their ability to recreate the work of these craftsmen. There's a certain irony to this, in that the layout and style of engraved music itself recreates manuscripts, in the swirls of the treble clef, the angled lines of sharps, and the diagonal shape of note heads.
Some of my pupils must be sick of hearing me ask this recently...
Here's a different question: what does a key signature tell us? "It tells us what key a piece is in", or "It tells us what our key note is". Right? Well, yes and no. Each key signature corresponds to one major and one minor key, that much is correct.
Nothing to do with violins whatsoever, but it still might be of use to some people!
I needed a clear and easy-to-read treble clef fingering chart for some beginner brass players, but everything I could find was a bit overwhelming for them, with lots more information than they need at this stage. I wanted something bold and clear, suitable for putting up on a wall but also that could be reduced to a pocket reference card. It can be cut up to make flash cards as well.
When working at shifts from third position, it's really important to be able to hear which note you're aiming for in your head, before moving. Otherwise, it's a bit of a stab in the dark!
One way to help is to think of familiar tunes which use the interval you're shifting across, so I've put together this guide to help you. Do take your time with this: it's better to go slow and to be confident about what note you're aiming for, rather than rushing it and hoping for the best.
This is a really useful collection of studies for anyone who wants to get really secure in their use of different positions. None involve any position changing, but instead focus entirely on a single position at a time. I strongly recommend this approach for really developing confidence in second position in particular, which so easily gets overlooked. The other books in his 100 Etudes, Op. 32, are also very useful, especially those for position-changing and for double stops.
Spurred on by this thread on the ABRSM forum, I've got around to making these sheets, following the new requirements for next year's syllabus.