Books and Music


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An exciting series for young violinists! With attractive pieces, amusing characters and illustrations, and clear, concise explanations, this is a highly effective and enjoyable way to learn the violin. Books 1 to 4 take the complete beginner to approximately ABRSM/Trinity-Guildhall grade 7 standard.

Teachers – do you need books which appeal to your pupils, give them all the basic information they need and have music which they will enjoy playing? Why not try Hey Presto! for Violin?

  • Carefully graded progression
  • Expressive pieces, enjoyable by both player and audience
  • Note charts at the top of each page of music – no need to panic if you can’t remember a note!
  • Just enough text to help those with no musical background!
  • Music theory quizzes, and ‘be a composer’ sections
  • Solo and two-part concert pieces
  • Simple but effective piano accompaniments
  • Playalong CDs featuring live recordings

Take a look at sample pages or listen to audio tracks from the CDs on each product page, and I’m sure you’ll see the appeal of this series!

Book 1 (Bronze):

  • plucked & bowed open strings
  • pieces using up to 3 fingers
  • enjoyable and varied music designed to sound effective when played by beginners

Book 2 (Silver):

  • pieces using up to 4 fingers, and low 2nd fingers
  • slurs and simple double stopping
  • up to Grade 1-2 standard

Book 3 (Gold):

  • keys and scales of C, G, D, A, F & B♭ major and G, D & A minors
  • introduction to 3rd position
  • features accompaniments to the scales and excercises!
  • Grade 2-4 standard

Book 4 (Platinum):

  • introduction to 2nd, 4th & 5th position
  • plenty of double-stopping, harmonics, and much more!
  • duets suitable for concert performance
  • Grade 4-7 standard

An exciting series for young viola players! With attractive pieces, amusing characters and illustrations, and clear, concise explanations, this is a highly effective and enjoyable way to learn the viola. Books 1 to 4 will take the complete beginner to approximately ABRSM/Trinity-Guildhall grade 7 standard.

Teachers – have you been looking for a new book for your beginners on the viola? Do you need books which appeal to them, give them all the basic information they need and have music which they will enjoy playing? Try Hey Presto! for Viola? Book 1 NOW available! Further books coming soon!

  • Carefully graded progression
  • Expressive pieces, enjoyable for both player and audience
  • Note charts at the top of each page of music – no need to panic if you can’t remember a note!
  • Just enough text to help those with no musical background!
  • Music theory quizzes, and ‘be a composer’ sections
  • Solo and two-part concert pieces
  • Simple but effective piano accompaniments
  • Playalong CDs featuring live recordings

Take a look at sample pages or listen to audio tracks from the CD and I’m sure you’ll see the appeal of this series!

Viola book 1 (Bronze):

  • plucked & bowed open strings
  • pieces using up to 3 fingers
  • enjoyable and varied music designed to sound effective when played by beginners

Music theory workbooks created for violinists, cellists and violists, to enable children to learn the basics of music theory with only a minimum of help from their teacher. Try Hey Presto! Music Theory for Violinists, Cellists or Violists, start a child right from the very beginning, and see their confidence and enjoyment grow as they work up to a good ABRSM Grade 1 standard!

Are you a teacher? – This series will help you to cover music theory in a thorough way using only a little lesson time, as well as encourage your pupils to see theory as something enjoyable!

Are you a parent? – Help your child to understand what they’re seeing on the page – these books assume no prior knowledge at all and your child will love working through them!

  • All concepts introduced in relation to your particular instrument
  • Clear, uncluttered presentation
  • Complex subjects (e.g. accidentals) broken down into small steps
  • Plenty of repetition of all key areas
  • Fun pages and quizzes reinforce everything in an enjoyable way
  • Emphasis on notes and time values – both directly using exercises, and indirectly on ‘fun’ pages
  • Handy reminders to help with more complex subjects

Don’t just take my word for it – have a look at the sample pages and contents on each product page and decide for yourself!

Music Theory for Violinists

Music Theory for Cellists

Music Theory for Violists

Hey Presto! Music for String Groups is a series of lively and versatile compositions suitable for string groups of varying ability and highly effective in concert performance – download the sheet music and print as many parts as you need!

Some pieces feature different versions – choose the one which suits your group best! Optional parts can be missed out or added in whatever combination you like – the music will still work. You’ll see audio tracks to give you an idea how the piece sounds.

New pieces are added constantly!

Hoe down (standard) Sample Adaptation of a piece from Hey Presto! for Violin Book 1. Simple lively piece, suitable for beginners and Wider Opps.
Hoe down (advanced) Sample Advanced version gives Grade 3+ players a chance to shine!
Razimbo Sample Rhythmic piece inspired by African music, suitable for beginners to approx Grade 2.
Fiddle fiesta (standard) Sample Very lively and rhythmic, but easier than it sounds! Suitable for beginners up to approx Grade 1.
Fiddle fiesta
(violins only)
Sample An adaptation suitable for violin-only groups.
Dark matter Sample Challenging but rewarding, this is in a minor mode, with a solo for a Grade 5 violinist, but also simpler parts suitable for pre-Grade 1 players.
Turquoise bay Sample Rich in harmony in texture, this makes an ideal complement to a faster piece!
Sunshine swing Sample A cheerful piece in the jazz idiom, with catchy melodies and sound effects.
Sad waltz Sample A straightforward piece in 3/4 time, ideal for calming nerves, with an expressive feel.
Pineapple parade Sample A cheerful piece with a Latin American feel, suitable for players up to Grade 1.
Variations on a theme Sample A relatively long piece, with variations on a well-known ‘mystery’ theme! Suitable for players of approx Prep Test to Grade 1 standard.
Yellowhammer Sample A piece for players of approx. Grade 1-3, celebrating the Yellowhammer’s call: ‘little bit of bread and cheese’!
The linden tree Sample A simple piece with a flowing feel, ideal for beginners.
Piece of cake Sample A lively, popular piece suitable for players of approx. Prep Test level.
Christmas carol medley Sample A lively medley of 3 well-known Christmas carols for beginners up to approx Grade 1.