What pop songs can I play on the violin?

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When it comes to learning violin, you spend most of your time studying theory, scales, tunes, and the handling of instruments. Although these are critical components of your violin base, it’s also necessary to have a few fun additions that allow you to be quirky and humorous.

Adding your favourite pop songs to your daily practice is a perfect way to stay motivated while entertaining your relatives and friends! Here are a few pop songs that you can play on the violin during your practice session or for your friends and family when requested. Have a look at the suggestions by LVL Music Academy tutors;

Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’. 

For this, wear your dance shoes! Listening to Bruno Mars without dancing is difficult – “Don’t trust me, just observe!” 

Uptown funk is something worthy to play on the violin. Remember to keep the music notes accompanied & use a longbow to maintain the tempo crisp.

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

The “Shape of You” is a catchy song that everyone loves to listen to. If you play it on the violin, the listeners are likely to perform with you! 

It is also easy to get caught up in the repeated notes. Recalling the lyrics (out there or in your head!) will help you pick the best notes. 

Luis Fonsi’s ‘Despacito’

Just after launch in 2017, this Mexican American smash hit the music box across the globe. Despacito is easy to remember even if you don’t speak Spanish, and almost everyone loves dancing to it! 

Instead of being fully integrated into the recorded sounds, internalise how it sounds and performs with your ear.

Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Hallelujah’

Hallelujah rose to prominence after appearing in the Disney movie Shrek. It has become a classic song of optimism and comfort. Bring the tissues because there might not be a dry eye in the house when you play this. This song is ideal for showcasing your violin skills.

Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’

For this mid of January composition of Coldplay’s hit, Viva la Vida, find a partner. Mind that several variations are in rhythm, or almost the same, for both instrument parts when studying this one.

Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’

Firework is an upbeat and inspiring song that encourages you to recognise your unique characteristics. This song is ideal for pairing with your practice routine to showcase your abilities as a concert violinist and the importance of never giving up!

One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’

What Makes You beautiful is a catchy & cheerful song with toes clicking and impresses everyone you perform it for. After playing repetitive notes, including the first eight, keep the lyrics in your mind to keep a record of yourself.

Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’

I’m Yours has a special place in most people’s hearts because it’s endearing and easy to sing & play along to. 

You can simply play it on the violin after a few practice sessions. This will undoubtedly impress your listeners & earn you a lot of praise as well.