9 Violin Songs To Wow Your Sweetheart
Valentine’s Day is not far away. While gifts with glitter and bling may be the end-all-be-all of the retail world, everyone knows the best Valentine’s Day presents come from the heart.
If you’re a violinist and you want to celebrate your extra special someone on February 14, we’ve compiled nine love songs to wow your sweetheart. And fear not beginners! We divided the list into three sections: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
3 Romantic Songs for Beginners
The following three songs are designated for beginners. And, since there’s never a wrong time to work on improvisation, we encourage beginning string players to use this as an opportunity to make these songs your own. Read, How to Improve Your Improvisation Skills for ideas on how to confidently learn a melody and use improvisation or creative license to add your own harmonics or riffs.
- Say Something, by Ian Axel, Chad Vaccarino, and Mike Campbell. We love the way this sheetmusicdirect.com’s version of the song was arranged, including the names of the notes as you see them on the staff. In addition to learning a new love song on your violin, beginning string musicians can also build their sight-reading skills.
- Everything I Do, by Bryan Adams. The song Everything I Do is a love-song-made-famous via movie soundtrack. Included in the box office hit, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, this tender ballad also includes a dramatic middle section that is accessible to beginning violinists.
- Love Me Tender, originally by Elvis Presley and arranged by Aliese Watts. It doesn’t get any sweeter than this. Released by Elvis in 1958, the song Love Me Tender has become a timeless theme song for romantics.
Take Your Love to the Intermediate Level
When you’re ready to stretch your bowing arm a bit, try these love songs, which are arranged for intermediate violinists.
- You Are the Reason, by Callum Scott. This arrangement of You Are the Reason is conveniently included in two pages. So, if you aren’t able to memorize the piece, it can be played without a need to turn the page.
- Close to You (They Long to Be), music by Burt Bacharach. We love this version of Close to You, which is a sweet testament to the way love makes us feel as if we can’t be apart. This pandemic makes this song a particularly poignant option. Yet the silver lining is the plethora of options for learning to play music that is online.
- Halo, by Ryan Tedder, Evan Bogart, and Beyoncé Knowles. It’s hard to believe that the song Halo was released back in 2008 on Beyoncé’s “I am Fierce,” album. It feels as though it hasn’t stopped playing on the radio since then and is a romantic option for string players who love a more hip hop or R&B sound.
For the Advanced Romantic
Want to impress? Play one of these advanced love songs for the violin.
- Romance No. 2 in F Major, by Beethoven. Not interested in playing a typical love song from the pop genre? We understand. There aren’t many songs in that category that show off your more advanced skills. Play Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 for Violin in F Major and your Valentine is bound to become heart-struck. Watch it performed by violinist Renaud Capuçon (brother to one of our Artist Spotlight Cellists, Gautier Capuçon).
- Four Romantic Pieces, by Dvořák. If you want to impress, you can get your favorite pianist friend to perform these pieces with you. Or, create a recording of him/her playing the piano parts for you in the pianist’s own home and then play along with the recorded track for your Valentine’s date.
9. Your Favorite Love Song
Do you have a favorite love song of your own? Is there a song that you and your beloved consider to be “your song?” Don’t forget you can download virtually any piece of music online. Read our post, Great Sources for Sheet Music, to learn more. Or, you might find another favorite on our list of Top 10 Romantic Love Songs on the Violin.
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