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Here is some of the best free violin sheet music to practice with for all levels, selected and arranged by a violin teacher. 

Getting started with playing the violin doesn’t have to break the bank. Becoming a talented violinist is all about practicing and experimenting with different styles and playing techniques. There is plenty of free violin sheet music that every beginner – and advanced – violinist can utilize.

That is why I created this curated list of free violin sheet music! I added my own arrangements and other freely downloadable sheet music for beginners to advanced violinists. Just click the download links below to build your collection of sheet music. Whether it’s Christmas music or classical solo pieces, I’ve rounded up for free the must-have printable pdf resources that you need to start your journey as a violinist.

On my search, I’ve hunted down a mixture of sheet music for you to experiment with. Whatever your favorite style is – whether it’s classical, musical, or special occasion music – you’re guaranteed to find some sheet music you’ll enjoy! I’ve broken the scores and free sheet music down into categories, so it’s easy to navigate. You can click the link below each piece to download the sheet music in an easy-to-print format. You can take the sheet music along with you to your lessons or use them to study at home.

Violin Sheet Music for Beginners

The free violin sheet music in this beginner category is ideal for those who are newbies to the world of violin music. It’s a common misconception that you need to buy a library worth of violin sheet music to start practicing. You can feel free to build your collection with printable sheets to get you started. These traditional and classical music pieces are ones that every violinist should have in their arsenal. The songs I’ve listed below are ideal for playing solo or as part of a duet. Once you’ve mastered this collection of sheet music, you can move onto the next stage of your learning.

Classical Violin Sheet Music

When I created this list of resources, I wanted to incorporate classical music that every violinist should know. These are all excellent choices for you to add to your repertoire. I’ve published the free sheet music for some of my favorite classical scores that form the backbone of my teaching. There’s a mixture of easy sheets along with more advanced songs for you to choose from. You’ll be able to play each piece in no time.

L. van Beethoven – Ode to Joy

If there’s any music that you should learn on your violin, it’s Beethoven. Learning this famous melody on the violin is one of the easiest for beginners. With this free sheet music, you’ll learn how to play Ode to Joy on the violin within a few sessions.

The notes in this free violin sheet music are primarily on the D string. The melody can be played with simple detached bowings. The Ode to Joy free violin sheet music has fingering tabs written under each note, so you will know which string and fingers to use.

Pro-tip: You should use short bows in the middle of the bow when starting the piece. Sustain the sound with enough pressure on the bow for better tonality.

Free Violin Sheet Music - Ode to Joy - Beethoven

Ode to Joy

Ludwig van Beethoven

PDF

A. Vivaldi – Spring (Easy Version)

When creating free sheet music, I wanted to incorporate the easier versions of my favorite scores. In this easy version of “Spring”, beginner students can enjoy learning Vivaldi’s famous violin piece.

Vivaldi is a major composer from the Baroque era and one that every musician should learn a score from. Violin players during that time used a short bow stroke with the notes clearly detached. For violin students who would like to start reading this free sheet music, practicing light and short bow stroke in the upper half of the bow is an excellent way to try a Baroque style of bowing appropriate for this piece.

Free Violin Sheet Music - A. Vivaldi – Spring, easy version

Spring (Easy Version)

Antonio Vivaldi

PDF

Traditional Violin Sheet Music

When you’re looking through the pdf download options for the free violin sheet music, don’t overlook some of the traditional options. It’s always a good idea to have a balance in your repertoire. I’ve chosen four easy to moderate scores for you to learn to develop your skills. These are some of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world. They’re great to get you started, and you can share the free violin sheet music with your friends. Each sheet is easy to download and print as a pdf.

Frère Jacques

This music is one of the easiest songs for the violin. Beginner violin students who are just starting to learn the instrument can try this song. It can be played repeatedly, just as it is sung in rounds. In this free violin sheet music, students can start practicing using finger 4 instead of playing the open strings on the half notes when they are ready. As you develop your skills, you can come back to this piece and develop your solo ability.

Click here to watch a video tutorial for this piece in my Video Library.

Free Violin Sheet Music - Frere-Jacques

Frère Jacques

Free Violin Sheet Music

PDF

Amazing Grace

This free violin sheet music is a favorite among students at Julia’s Violin Academy. Playing a familiar melody makes it easier for beginners to memorize a song on the violin. Amazing Grace is a song you can play at any time of the year, whether it’s Christmas or for a family wedding. Focusing on the bowing is important when playing this song, particularly in string crossing and bow speed. This is to keep the bow from bouncing and making scratchy sounds on the upper strings. You can share your free violin sheet music with a friend and perform Amazing Grace as a duet.

I recorded a video tutorial for this piece, you can watch it here and start practicing right away!

Free Violin Sheet Music - Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Free Violin Sheet Music

PDF

Londonderry Air (Oh, Danny Boy)

The theme in this free sheet music is good for practicing steps and skips in note reading on the violin. Fingering patterns in skipping notes on the violin sometimes means using odd-number fingers alternately on different strings. It is important to properly prepare your fingers before playing each note when practicing this piece.

Free Violin Sheet Music - Londonderry Air

Londonderry Air (Oh, Danny Boy)

Free Violin Sheet Music

PDF

Scarborough Fair

Here is an easy sheet music arrangement of one of my favorite traditional pieces: Scarborough Fair. Practice different bow speeds in this song and keep the tones warm with beautiful, long bows. I explain more how to play this piece in this video tutorial (click here).

Free Violin Sheet Music - Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

Free Violin Sheet Music

PDF

Intermediate Violin Sheet Music

Once you’ve made your way through the above violin sheet music, it’s time to step up your choice of scores and learn a more challenging piece of music. I’ve chosen several sheet music options that everyone will like. My website tailors to violinists from a beginner level through to more advanced music.

Violin Concertos

A violin concerto is a piece of solo music, which can occasionally be performed as a duet or in a trio. Most concertos come from the Baroque period and include some of the most popular pieces of music in the world.

O. Rieding – Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 35

Enjoy wonderful melodies in this music for violin specially composed for violin beginners. It starts with easy quarter notes with slurs on the E string, followed by simple eighth notes. In Julia’s Violin Academy, there is a full step-by-step course on this piece. My students also enjoy playing this intermediate-level concerto with a piano accompaniment.

Free Violin Sheet Music - Rieding concerto in B minor mvt 1

Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor,
Op. 35

Oskar Rieding

PDF

O. Rieding – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 36

Students would enjoy practicing the running sixteenth notes in this concerto. Similar to Rieding’s concerto in B minor, this piece also has a movement with a 6/8 time signature which adds up to the challenge in learning this beautiful music.

Free Violin Sheet Music - O. Rieding – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 36

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 36

Oskar Rieding

PDF

Violin Sonatas

A violin sonata is a piece of music usually accompanied by other instruments, like a piano. Here are two free violin sheet music options for you to try.

G. F. Händel – Violin Sonata No. 3 in F major: Adagio

Students who wish to improve their musicality can enjoy studying the first movement of Handel’s Sonata. Learn how to play “turn,” which is ornamentation used in music from the Baroque era.

Free Violin Sheet Music - G. F. Händel – Violin Sonata No. 3 in F major Adagio

Violin Sonata No. 3 in F major: Adagio

Georg Friedrich Händel

PDF

G. F. Händel – Violin Sonata No. 6 in E major: Adagio

Practice beautiful bow slurs in this slow movement from Handel’s 6th Sonata. It is fun to practice moving the bow smoothly in rhythms on different strings and play as dolce as possible.

Free Violin Sheet Music - G. F. Händel – Violin Sonata No. 6 in E major Adagio

Violin Sonata No. 6 in E major: Adagio

Georg Friedrich Händel

PDF

Advanced Violin Sheet Music

At Violinspiration, I strive to create resources for violinists at all stages of their journey, including those looking to broaden their already developed skills. This section is full of free violin sheet music tailored to advance violinists – I’ve included everything from solo pieces to sonatas and concertos.

Violin Solo’s

J. S. Bach – Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Presto

This last movement of Bach’s Sonata in G minor has challenging yet enjoyable fingering patterns in the first and third positions. In this music, students can explore various bowing patterns with slurs as the entire piece uses the same sixteenth note rhythms. Slow practice with a metronome is important to prepare the bow properly in patterns with more string crossings.

Free Violin Sheet Music - J. S. Bach – Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 Presto

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach

PDF

J. S. Bach – Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Giga/Gigue

This music for violin is in a compound time signature 12/8. It is important to emphasize to the strong beats within each measure with accentuated bowing to stay in tempo. The bowing pattern commonly used in this movement is 3-slurred notes with a down bow followed by 3 separate notes in different strings. When practicing this bowing pattern, it is important to stay in the lower half of the bow by using short down bows and longer up bows.

Free Violin Sheet Music - J. S. Bach – Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 Giga

Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor,
BWV 1004: Giga/Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach

PDF

J. S. Bach – Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau

This dance movement with a very beautiful melody has double stops, which could definitely challenge intermediate to advanced violin learners. Students will enjoy learning how to extract melodies from phrases with double stops. Melodies in some parts can be found at the top notes, while some can be found in the lower notes.

Free Violin Sheet Music - J. S. Bach – Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 Gavotte en Rondeau

Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau

Johann Sebastian Bach

PDF

Violin Sonatas

W. A. Mozart – Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304: Allegro

Students can enjoy practicing shifting to 3rd position in this Sonata’s first movement. Aside from that, it is also good for practicing legato bowing technique alternately with martelé bowing technique.

Free Violin Sheet Music - Mozart – Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304 Allegro

Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304: Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

PDF

G. F. Händel – Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major: 1st and 2nd mvmt

Practice counting with rhythmic subdivision and lots of trills in the first movement of this famous violin sonata. The contrasting second movement is best to practice slowly with a metronome as it has plenty of fast sixteenth notes.

Free Violin Sheet Music - G. F. Händel – Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major 1st and 2nd mvmt

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major: 1st and 2nd mvmt

Georg Friedrich Händel

PDF

Violin Concertos

J. S. Bach – Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

The challenging part in playing this piece is that it requires to be played with light bowing as part of the characteristics of baroque music. Violin students can enjoy practicing shifting to second and third positions while hiding the shifting sounds. Students can also enjoy playing rhythms with 32nd notes in this sheet music.

Free Violin Sheet Music - J. S. Bach – Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041

Johann Sebastian Bach

PDF

J. B. Accolay – Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor

Students can have mastery in playing triplets in this sheet music as the rhythm is performed with different bowing articulations and patterns. In addition to that, students can enjoy practicing sixteenth notes in the legato bowing technique. Towards the end, the sixteenth notes in double stops notation can help develop students’ fingering technique.

Free Violin Sheet Music - J. B. Accolay – Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor

Jean-Baptiste Accolay

PDF

F. Seitz – Violin Concerto No. 3 Op. 12

Students will enjoy playing challenging rhythmic patterns such as triplets with chords and grace notes showing in different beats, sextuplets, and octuplets in this concerto. There are also double stops and harmonics in this sheet music that students can enjoy.

Free Violin Sheet Music - F. Seitz – Violin Concerto No. 3 Op. 12

Violin Concerto No. 3 Op. 12

Friedrich Seitz

PDF

Violin Sheet Music for Special Occasions

Once you’ve mastered the craft of playing the violin, you shouldn’t be surprised when you’re asked to perform on special occasions. It may be a family event or a formal function, whether it’s Christmas or a friend’s spring wedding. My free violin sheet music includes download options for music that will make you the star of the show.

Christmas Sheet Music – Angels We Have Heard on High

This free violin sheet music is an easy Christmas song to learn. Knowing how to use proper bow length for each rhythm is very helpful to play the melody without scratchy tones.

Free Violin Sheet Music - Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels We Have Heard on High

Free Violin Sheet Music

PDF

Other Occasions

Auld Lang Syne

In this free violin sheet music, beginner students can play with three strings. Learn to cross the violin strings gently with long bows.

Free Violin Sheet Music - Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne

Free Violin Sheet Music

PDF

Happy Birthday

The notes in this free violin music sheet are similar to Twinkle Twinkle little star, with a little introduction of a low second finger on the E string. Feel free to play it slow or fast.

How to play Happy Birthday, Free Violin Sheet Music [PDF]

Happy Birthday

Free Violin Sheet Music

PDF

Violin Duos

Violin Duets

Playing violin duets is a fun way to develop the ensemble playing skills of students. They can also help you build your relationships with other violinists.

F. Mazas – Twelve Little Duets for Two Violins Op. 38, No.1

The first duet by Mazas in opus 38 has three movements. It is one of the recommended easy duets for violin beginners and intermediate-level students as the notes are all in the first position. Some challenging features in this music are extended 4th finger and trills in the 1st movement, and double stops in the 3rd movement.

Free Violin Sheet Music - F. Mazas – Twelve Little Duets for Two Violins Op. 38, No.1

Twelve Little Duets for Two Violins Op. 38, No.1

Jacques Féréol Mazas

PDF

D. Shostakovich – 5 Pieces For 2 Violins and Piano

Students who are starting in shifting going to the third position and practicing vibrato can already try playing this wonderful music for two violins. There are changes in key signatures, time signatures, and tempos in this music, which must be treated carefully by the two violinists in practice and performance.

Free Violin Sheet Music - D. Shostakovich – 5 Pieces For 2 Violins and Piano

5 Pieces For 2 Violins and Piano

Dmitrij Szostakowicz

PDF

Piano and Violin Sheet Music (Recital Pieces)

A. Dvořák – Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 Part I

Develop your vibrato skills and musicality by observing proper dynamics carefully while practicing this beautiful piece for piano and violin.

Free Violin Sheet Music - A. Dvořák – Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 Part I

Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 Part I

Antonín Dvořák

PDF

H. Wieniawski – Legende Op. 17

This piece opens with a natural harmonic. Students can enjoy practicing double stops, from intervals of thirds up to an octave, with the wonderful melodies in this music for intermediate to advanced students.

Free Violin Sheet Music - H. Wieniawski – Legende Op. 17

Legende Op. 17

Henryk Wieniawski

PDF

Violin and Guitar Sheet Music

F. Carulli – Duet no. 1 for Violin and Guitar Op. 4

Students can enjoy learning how to play with subdivision in rhythm with this wonderful composition for violin and guitar. Subdivision means to play at the rhythmic points in between the beats. The piece looks difficult at first sight because of 32nd note rhythms, but it is actually played slowly as the tempo is in larghetto. Adding to the rhythmic challenge is the presence of grace notes in some parts.

Free Violin Sheet Music - F. Carulli – Duet no. 1 for Violin and Guitar Op. 4

Duet no. 1 for Violin and Guitar Op. 4

Ferdinando Carulli

PDF

M. Guiliani – 16 Pieces Faciles et Agreables for Violin and Guitar

These are short pieces that violin beginner and intermediate level students can enjoy together with a classical guitarist. The first duet seems to be the easiest, moderate tempo, while the next numbers are in a faster tempo.

Free Violin Sheet Music - M. Guiliani – 16 pieces faciles et agreables for violin and guitar

16 Pieces Faciles et Agreables for Violin and Guitar

Mauro Giuliani

PDF

Violin and Flute Sheet Music

F. A. Hoffmeister – Duet for Flute and Violin in G major

The flute plays most of the melodies in this composition by Hoffmeister, who is well known for his extensive works/compositions for the flute. The violin part is more of an accompaniment that provides rhythmic and harmonic support for the melody.

Free Violin Sheet Music - F. A. Hoffmeister – Duet for Flute and Violin in G major

Duet for Flute and Violin in G major

Franz Anton Hoffmeister

PDF

F. A. Hoffmeister – Sonata for Flute and Violin in C major

The violinist in this piece must be very precise in playing rhythm patterns with rests. Make sure to follow all the dynamic markings, such as sforzando, in some parts to fully enjoy the interaction between the two instruments.

Free Violin Sheet Music - F. A. Hoffmeister – Sonata for Flute and Violin in C major

Sonata for Flute and Violin in C major

Franz Anton Hoffmeister

PDF

I hope you’ve found a free violin sheet music download that works for you, whether it’s to play solo or to be accompanied by a piano. This sheet music will help you become more creative and experiment with a variety of musical options. My site is full of resources for any budding violinist – whether you’re picking up the instrument for the first time or if you’ve been a lifelong musician. Let me know in the comments below if there are any other resources you would find useful for me to share. Don’t forget to visit again to access more resources and free violin sheet music to help you on your journey as a violinist.

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