One of the things I absolutely love about playing the violin is playing orchestral music. I love the variety of repertoire that it brings – from Bach Cantatas to Tchaikovsky Symphonies, Bizet’s suites, and modern, cutting edge compositions. Orchestral playing, and the violin practice that goes with it, is constantly interesting and challenging. When I… Continue reading Orchestral Violin Practice Challenge: My goals for the next two years
Time for our third video in the #AMerryViolinChristmas compilation – a collection of Christmas Carols arranged for beginner violin and Piano. If you haven’t yet, make sure you grab your copy today! Today, we’re learning “Away in a Manger”, so watch the video above and have a go. In addition, discover some more about the… Continue reading #AMerryViolinChristmas – Away in a Manger
Time for our second video in the #AMerryViolinChristmas compilation – a collection of Christmas Carols arranged for beginner violin and Piano. If you haven’t yet, make sure you grab your copy today! Today, we’re learning “Silent Night”.
It’s Christmas time! Time for Christmas Carols!The problem is that many Christmas Carols are written in keys that aren’t friendly for the violin, especially for the beginner violinist, who initially learns notes in G, D and A major, whilst carols are often written in F, Eb and Bb major. So I’ve arranged ten favourite carols… Continue reading #AMerryViolinChristmas – Joy to the World
I’m teaching myself Joachim’s Cadenza to Mozart’s Violin Concerto Number 4 in D Major, by practicing it every day and uploading my progress to TikTok. This is my weekly log so I can see the improvement over time.
In March 2020, my Dad and I drove from Victoria to WA, and along the way, we played the world’s longest golf course – the Nullabor Links, spanning over 1400kms from Ceduna, South Australia to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
In March, my family moved from a little country Victorian town called Rochester , and headed home to Perth. As part of the move, I drove the 3,333km with my Dad and I decided to film it on my GoPro on Hyperlapse (30x). And then when I started editing, I decided to write some music… Continue reading Driving across the Nullabor
So while I was browsing for some new sounds to play around with, I noticed that Spitfire Audio was holding a competition – score a scene from the new season of Westworld, and potentially win the complete collection of Spitfire Audio sounds. This is my first attempt at scoring to film, and it was fun… Continue reading Westworld scoring competition
Me! – by Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie – performed by two violins, piano, acoustic guitar, cajon, and tamborine. All instruments performed by Ben Clapton. ME! was written by Taylor Swift and Bendon Urie (From Panic! at the Disco), released on April 26, 2019. This arrangement is for two violins, one taking Taylor’s part, and… Continue reading Me! – Taylor Swift cover
I saw this song being sung by an Irish lass at the end of a wedding, and I thought to myself “I have to learn that song.” Watch to the end for some extra cuteness. I have also arranged it for SATB. This is a fun little piece with a humorous twist at the end… Continue reading Rattlin’ Bog