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.

Simon Jordan

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!

Sight Reading
Practice exercises – the first 20 are free at this site

Super Mario medley; Girl plays three instruments at once; Making a violin; My idea of paradise;

Piano Practice Resources

Note training There are loads of these apps available on iOS; these three are the best!  Music Note Sight Reading Trainer; Flashnote Derby

Graphical representation of major and minor scales on the keyboard

Super Mario medley;



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!
 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

Maybe for adults, this one! And a version more suitable for children.

And more – many, many more

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