Handel – Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus

This melody is came from the Chorus “See, Conquering Hero Comes,” from Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus” written in 1745-1746, which is one of the most popular oratorio besides his “Messiah,” although I have not have any chance of playing.

I have the impression that this piece is often played at award ceremonies in Japan, but I wonder if it is still the case even now.

For this piece, there are three parts provided in the Suzuki Book.

Maestoso means majestically, in a dignified manner.

With this key word, how would you play this piece?

I place another video at the bottom, one of the examples of how it is sung in the oratorio setting. It sounds different, isn’t it? but why? Please share the idea with me. 🙂

Chorus from “Judas Maccabaeus”

Thank you, Felicis Cantus Haendel for the video !

Holst Jupiter from The Planet, 2nd violin part

The Planets (1914-1916) is an orchestral suite by the English composer, Gustave Holst.

There are seven movements named after a planet of the solar system:

Mars, the Bringer of War (1914)

Venus, the Bringer of Peace (1914)

Mercury, the Winged Messenger (1916)

Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (1916)

Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (1915)

Uranus, the Magician (1915)

As you can see above, Jupiter is one of them.

Holst Jupiter from The Planet

Welcome to the world of G Major: Shinozaki Violin Method Vol. 1 no. 114, 115, 116, 117, 118

We are now learning G Major, one sharp on F. It is very common key for violin and there are many pieces written in this key. Your musical world is expanding ! I’m putting scales, including no.117 first, then two pieces, intentionally. Enjoy practicing !

shinozaki violin method vol.1 no. 114, 115, 116, 117, 118

Shinozaki Violin Method Vol.96-105

It was wonderful to see you started to use the 1/2 size violin.

You are making adjustment nicely.

Take your time, gradually you’ll get used to the violin.

Again, if you feel the violin is heavy and/or feel some strain on your body, always take a break, move your body and relax your muscles and go back to practice.

Enjoy your practice with these videos. 🙂

If you go to Youtube site, you can see the time stamps at the description.

Seitz concerto no.3 in g minor, op.12 (Solos for Young Violinists Vol.2)

Step 1 Let’s learn the notes slowly figuring out the rhythm and the pitch. Clicks are 8th note pulse as 110.

Step 2: Practice difficult section (m.13 and m.21-22) for the shifting. Especially m.21-22 should be practiced by itself. The rule is “change the position with remaining finger first, then get the note you aim for”. In this case, practice as:

seitz concerto in g minor m.13
seitz concerto in g minor m.21-22

Eighth note pulse and quater note pulse are written as above.

Step 3: Let’s play through from the beginning with 8th note pulse.

Step 4: Keep the same tempo, but now feel the quarter note pulse.

Step 5: Let’s play a little faster (quarter note= 75) and see how well you can play. 🙂

seitz concerto no.3 in g minor, practice aid



Now, let’s move onto the next section.

mm.32-39: Please practice slowly first. When you practice, don’t forget to play very bottom notes of 3 notes chords.

mm.40-43: Put grace notes when you shift in order to secure your hand moving to the new position. Again, the rule is “changing the position with remaining finger, and then get the note of the new position.” I know the intonation is a little complicated here, but you did not sound bad at all. However, by using the recording, your playing will be even better next time 🙂

m.44-45: I’m starting from the last beat of m. 43. Since there’s a crescendo on m. 43, we need to use a lot of bow for the last slur of the measure. That means we’ll wind up with playing near the frog for the last four notes of m.43, and that is fine. So, when you start the Aflat on m.44, take time, play the note longer, and come to upper/middle part of the bow and play the arpeggios a UH/Middle. We’ll discuss more details at your next lesson, but try this idea by then.

I look forward to listening at least up to m.72 at your next lesson.

seitz concerto no.3 in g minor, practice aid for mm.32-45


One of the problematic section is mm.88-90.

I highly recommend to practice first double stops only as you can hear in the video.

Then try adding 16th notes. Start with 4 notes per bow.

Then, as printed.


Sometimes, some students have difficulty at m. 93.

Practice slowly. You can practice bow arm only using open strings as you can hear in the video.

Then practice as printed.

seitz concerto no.3 in g minor first movement (whole) practice aid

The video above contains the practice aid of whole first movement

Happy Practicing !