Piano and Violin Practice Help
Here is an ever-growing list of music practice help sites and apps which will be of use to young violinists and pianists.
This list is continuously changing, so please bookmark it – and update me if any links no longer work, or I have missed a resource that you count on as a pupil or teacher.
Violin Practice Resources
scalesace.com – Scales practice for ABRSM grades 1 to 8
If you’ve lost your scalebook – printable scales (including fingering)
And this one even gives you the low-down on finger positions for those early grades!
Practice exercises – the first 20 are free at this site
Piano Practice Resources
AnyTune Free (unlike the ABRSM equivalent), but will not work with DRM-protected music. Ideal for slowing down your music (or piano accompaniment) to a suitable practice tempo.
Aural Book – I’ve been recommending this for years. While the presentation is a little clunky, it does listen and graphically represent what it has heard, as well as giving students great motivation to practise!
ABRSM Aural Trainer – not free (available as two apps, G1-5 and G6-8), but meticulously put together and made by the board themselves
e-musicmaestro – free resources here, but you’ll need to pay to go further
Hofnote – not as intuitive as it used to be, and requires a monthly subscription. But the tests are good
Free tests from ABRSM
Grade 3 aural test at correct speed – a good opportunity to understand the pace of the aural test part of the exam
This American site pays no heed to ABRSM but has lots of juicy content to help train your musical ear
More generalist aural training
An excellent free flash-based rhythm trainer which can be used on most machines;
Rhythm Lab – Brilliant for rhythm work. I still use Sheila Nelson’s Flip-A-Rhythm, but this runs it a close second. Instant feedback makes it invaluable for at-home practice.
Christmas and birthday ideas for the up-and-coming musician
And more – many, many more