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Hey gang; Bob here again.

I sent three sets of simple first position sheet music to Beth and she has posted them online. Go to Resources > Member's Page > Shared Files - to find them.

Requiem for a Dream
Ava Maria
Game of Thrones

These are very fun songs that entertain people. I'm very much a beginner, but I can slowly learn each staff  line of these songs and memorize them. Let me make some comments: first about Ava Maria.

Ava Maria is a very simple song with many whole notes in it. It's played slow and romantically. This song is excellent for practicing long - full bow strokes and for trying to change bow directions without the music sounding like you reversed the bow. What a challenge that is! I've quickly realized that simple, slow, songs can be the most challenging to play well. I think I'll spend the rest of my life mastering the performance of Ava Maria despite how simple it is. Now about Requiem for a Dream.

Requiem for a Dream also has many whole notes and some quarter and eighth notes happening in it but the note changes aren't hard to perform in this arrangement. The song is very dynamic and this sheet music has the piano accompaniment included. This is a very dramatic song and entertaining for others to hear. Finally Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is the official music of the Emmy Award winning show on HBO of the same name. The original version is played by a bass and cellos but the violin version is equally fun to hear and play, and very simple too. The note work is easy except for a rift of quarter and eighth notes that are an easy transition on the fingering board mostly played on the G string.

I posted this thread in the hopes you too have some fun songs for beginners especially to find here and enjoy. If so send them to Beth and if she can (assuming copyright issues) she will probably post them for the rest of us.

Keep that wrist straight!


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Posted: December 5, 2011
Last Comment: December 6, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 6, 2011
Bob, I posted the pdf files in the Resources section under Members' Page. If anyone else wants to share scores, email them to me and I will post them.

Posted: December 5, 2011
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For Ava Maria I like this performance very much.
It's a very simple song but the skill required to perform it really well is much harder than it may appear watching someone else play it. There are rock versions of this song on You Tube that would make Bach turn over in his grave, but some songs shouldn't be distorted and this in my opinion is certainly one of them - how do you improve on breathlessly beautiful?

Posted: December 5, 2011
Thanks, Robert

Posted: December 5, 2011
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Requiem of a Dream on Violin

I believe this performance by Kate is quite close to the arrangement posted. She shows were to bring out the eery dramatic sounds at.

Posted: December 5, 2011

Requiem for a Dream is my all time favorite.  i've been looking for a copy that i could actually play.  I'll have to look at what you posted.  Thanks.

Posted: December 5, 2011

Thanks Bob!


Posted: December 5, 2011

Thank you for those!