TUNES FOR STRINGS is a set of 23 familar and patriotic tunes fingered for advanced shifting.

These examples go to the extreme high register of the instruments and use all strings. ¥Violas move frequently from alto to treble clef.

Cellos and Bass move frequently to tenor clef

Bass and cello occasionally use thumb position.

All materials are designed for use by violin, viola, cello and bass in any combination from a single player to a large string orchestra.

Files are in pdf format which can be read by Acrobatt Reader (free download) or several similar utilities.

All instruments use high positions;  no instrument has been dumbed down.

Tunes used are familiar, public domain melodies.  Learning them should be painless and enjoyable.

Accompaniments in midi files are provided.  These can be opened using Quicktime or Media Player.  With a dedicated midi player, tempos can be altered for practice purposes.

Check the teaching Tips link on the sidbar for helpful ideas.

 

MARKINGS USED
1 numeral = finger used II Roman = position
dash = shift A Capital = string used
+ plus = extend (vn & va) F phi = thumb (vc & cb)
x letter x = extend (vc) < = pivot forward (cb)
> = pivot backward (cb)

 

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America the Beautiful Click To
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Arkansas Traveler Click To
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Ash Grove Click To
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Battle Hymn of the Republic Click To
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Columbia the Gem of the Ocean Click To
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Dixie Click To
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Erie Canal Click To
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Git Along Little Dogies Click To
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Hail to the Chief Click To
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Hail Columbia Click To
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Kingdom Coming Click To
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Lift Every Voice and Sing Click To
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Londonderry Air Click To
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Marching Through Georgia Click To
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Marseillaise Click To
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Minstrel Boy Click To
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My Old Kentucky Home Click To
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Notre Dame Victory March Click To
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O Canada Click To
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Rule Britannia Click To
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Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Click To
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When Johnny Comes Marching Home Click To
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