Violin Practice Partner guidance and support

This page provides dedicated guidance and technical support for Violin Practice Partner users, including a simple guide to operating the app and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you have any specific questions that are not included here, please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page, ensuring you include all of the details requested.

If you have not yet downloaded Violin Practice Partner and would like to find out more about the tool, please return to the main page.

General guidance

Select the Help option within the Violin Practice Partner menu to view descriptions of its main functions. Further details about each feature of the app are given below:

Tap on the text in the header to choose a piece to practise.

Tap to select piece

Tell Violin Practice Partner which part(s) to play by switching either of them on or off.

Part selection

Use the playback button to play and pause Violin Practice Partner.

Playback button

Press stop to reset playback to the beginning of the piece.

Stop button

Set a loop to practise a specific section repeatedly.


Open Speedshifter for more playback controls to:

Speedshifter controls

  • switch speed-shifting on or off

Speedshifting switch

  • set the tempo of speed-shifted playback

Speedshifting tempo

At ABRSM we respect your right to privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how we may collect information from you and how we may subsequently use it.

When you run Violin Practice Partner, ABRSM gathers anonymous usage statistics such as session length, country, user profile and device type. This is done using Flurry, an analytics toolset. The data ABRSM receives from Flurry does not allow us to identify you personally.

ABRSM uses data gathered through Flurry to benchmark the usage of the application. This means that we regularly look at these statistics to evaluate our products and inform development. Note that we do not track your unique device identifier (UDID) or other personal information through Flurry – this data is anonymous.

By using the application, you signify your assent to this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this application.

I purchased MP3 recordings from iTunes/the ABRSM download store. Why can’t I use these pieces in the app?

Please note that our Practice Partner apps use custom file formats that provide separate playback of violin and piano parts. This content is more feature-rich and uses very different technology to standard audio files. It is therefore only possible to buy these specialised violin or piano recordings from within the app via in-app purchase for the available syllabuses. If you purchased ABRSM pieces as MP3 recordings from a provider such as the ABRSM download store, iTunes, ripped from a CD, etc; you will not be able to use these audio files within the app. You can only use pieces purchased directly within the app as an in-app purchase.

Contact us

If you require technical support with Violin Practice Partner please refer to the FAQs above first to check whether your query is answered under this section. If you still require assistance with a problem, or if you have any suggestions for improvements or developments, please contact our Violin Practice Partner support team by completing the following form.

Known issues

Users who have installed the latest update will experience an issue when trying to load or restore purchased pieces. Our developers are working on a fix and this will be available in the App Store shortly.

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