Scottish Folksongs (for violin)


recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Hal Leonard’s Violin Play-Along series has a new book of Scottish folk songs. Audio access is included, so you can use the unique code in the front of the book to access both the demonstration tracks to listen to and the accompaniment tracks to play along with. The tracks can be either downloaded or streamed. “Playback+” allows the player to slow the track down without distorting the pitch.

These arrangements are not easy pieces. The solo violin part goes up into the fifth position on occasion. There are key changes within the pieces. “The Skye Boat Song” is lovely. It crosses octaves, then includes a variation before it goes back to the theme. “The Water is Wide” and “Barbara Allen” are also well arranged. A beautiful tune called “Weaving Lilt,” which I had not heard before, goes across the low, medium and high registers of the violin, with a variation before returning to the basic melody, much as “The Skye Boat Song” does.

This collection of sheet music for violin will be a source of enjoyment for hours. The audio access makes it even more fun to play. For more information about this violin music, or other folk tunes for violin/fiddle, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website, Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:

Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


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