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How to Play "Itsy Bitsy Spider" on the violin

Another popular children's tune to play with your violin

In this video, Lorrie shows violin beginners how to approach the popular "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song. Enjoy!

Released on December 2, 2020

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Video Transcription

Hello, fellow violin lovers. Please join me today to learn how to play the song Itsy Bitsy Spider. Now there's a finger hand game that goes along with the song, and the way to do the finger game is to put your little finger and thumb together and sing, "Itsy bitsy spider," and then swing the other finger and thumb and keep going, "went up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out. Out came the sun and dried up all the rain. And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again." Okay, I got it.

So the spiders are really, really neat. They don't have eyelids and all spiders make silk. They're just the neatest, neatest things. When you have a spider in your house, they eat the moths and the mosquitoes and the flies. So let's look at the very first part of this song.

The exciting thing about it is once you learn the first part, it repeats three different times during the song. So you already have most of the song learnt. Let's get our violin into position well, and get our very best bow hold. You put your bow down. No fingers you play oh, oh, oh, one, and then two fingers. Two, two, two, one, oh, one, two, oh. Great.

Now at this point in the song, we're going to learn the second part. And the second part is going to use our second, third and fourth fingers. So get your second finger ready. Put your bow down on the E string. And we play two, two, three, four, four, three, two, three, four, two. Now we go back and we play the first part two times. So we play oh, oh, oh, one, two, two, two, one, oh, one, two, oh, and we play it again, oh, oh, oh, one, two, two, two, one, oh, one, two, oh. And that is our song. So we hope you enjoy playing it and will continue to practice.

If you want, there is a free sheet music download for the music in this video from virtualsheetmusic.com.
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