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CVB1 Lesson 1: 15 videos

CVB1 Lesson 1: 15 videos

Be sure to start with the 3 “Violin & Bow Basics” video’s. (Click on the tabs below).

1 Violin & Bow Basics 1:3 “The violin”
2 Violin & Bow Basics 1:3 “The Bow”
3 Violin & Bow Basics 1:3 “The First Notes”
Take your time for these, they are important for a good start with the violin. *

After you are done with the 3 basics video’s, click on the “Lesson 1a, 1b and 1c” tabs.
These are the overviews for the exercises in Lesson 1.
Here we will discuss bowing and first fingering on half notes.

After watching these “Lesson 1” videos you can click on the other tabs below (1a; 1b; 1c …) to go to the actual exercises according to the book.

You can download the according pages from the book below the video. (These are the black buttons, page 5-8)
The “BT”‘s are the “Backing Tracks” you can download to play the songs without me.

* Recommended study period at least 15 minutes per day, if shorter 2 or 3 times per day.
– Basics 1, 2 and 3: 1 or 2 weeks.
– After the basics Lessons 1a, 1b: 1 week at least. Master these well to have a solid basis for the exercises.
– 1a, b, c, d, 2a, b, c, d: 1 / 2 weeks

Downloads of pages and backing-tracks (BT’s) are the buttons below the video.

Violin & Bow Basics 1:3 -The violin-

This is the first of the three “Violin & Bow Basics” tutorials, -The Violin-. All you need to know to get started is covered here. Have fun!

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Violin & Bow Basics 2:3 -The bow-

This is the second of the three “Violin & Bow Basics” tutorials, -The bow-. All you need to know to get started is covered here. Have fun!

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Violin & Bow Basics 3:3 -The first notes-

This is the third of the three “Violin & Bow Basics” tutorials, -The first notes-. All you need to know to get started is covered here. Have fun!

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Lesson 1a Left hand positions of fingers 1 / 2

Here we will go through the basics on how to hold the violin, the position and the first notes on all 4 strings. This is very important to follow carefully as you will have all potential in future playing. Let me guide you through the steps here.

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Lesson 1b The bow

Here we will go through the basics on how to hold the bow. This is very important to follow carefully as you will have all potential in future playing. Let me guide you through the steps here.

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Lesson 1c A little reminder

When you start playing the exercises, be sure you have the following correct. This is very important to follow carefully as you will have all potential in future playing. Let me guide you through the steps here.

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This is an introduction to reading on a violin.
If reading music is new to you this will be a handy start, getting you familiar with the basics of reading and scoring.
If you don’t understand everything yet from this video, don’t worry, it will all come clear when you start with the practical lessons in the next tabs.

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1a

From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the G-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 1a

 

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1b

From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the D-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 1b

 

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1c

From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the A-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 1c

 

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1d

From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the E-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 1d

 

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2a

From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the G-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 2a

 

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2b

From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the D-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 2b

 

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2c

From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the A-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 2c

 

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From the Creative Violin Book 1 this is about straight bowing, on the E-string. Learn the notes of fingers 1 and 2. CVB1 2d

 

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Let’s improvise

Let’s improvise with the notes we learned so far. We will make small melodies with the notes we know, open string, 1st and 2nd finger. Let’s do this together.

 

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CVB1 Lesson 2: 6 videos

CVB1 Lesson 2: 6 videos

Playing quarter notes.
As we play a little faster than half notes, you would need a smaller piece of the bow, best in the middle.

Again, click on the tabs “3-6” below for the lessons and on the tab “Let’s improvise” to start the first improvisation exercise.
You can download the according page from the book below the video. (page 9)

Downloads of pages and backing-tracks are the buttons below the video.

Lesson 2: Quater notes

Separate quarter notes.

In this lesson we will already push the tempo up a notch, playing separate quarter notes. Learn to play them legato: smooth bowing, but also portato: a bit lighter, with little “gaps” in between.

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3

Separate quarter notes on the D string CVB1 3

 

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4

Separate quarter notes on the A string CVB1 4

 

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5

Separate quarter notes on the E string CVB1 5

 

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6

Separate quarter notes on the G string CVB1 6

 

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Let’s improvise

Let’s improvise with the notes we learned so far. We can use half notes, then quarter notes, and of course we will mix them up a bit too. I will play along with you in turns, follow me, it will be easy.

 

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CVB1 Lesson 3: 7 videos

CVB1 Lesson 3: 7 videos

Combining half notes and quarter notes.
Also we will cover ties, playing 2 or more notes on one bow.

Tabs 7-11 will take you through the steps.

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Lesson 3 Combination quarter notes / half notes

In lesson 3 we will combine half notes and quarter notes, and cover “ties”, playing 2 or more notes on one bow.

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7

Yay!! Congrats, this is your first actual song: “Mary Had A Little Lamb” Let’s play it! CVB1 7

 

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8

Combining Half notes and quarter notes on the D string CVB1 8

 

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9

See the ties (in measures 3 and 4), 2 notes are tied in one bow. Let’s try it.

  CVB1 9

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10

Let’s do one more exercise with ties: CVB1 10

 

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11

Now on the D string: CVB1 11

 

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Let’s improvise

Let’s improvise with the notes we learned so far. We will combine half notes and quarter notes, and let’s not forget the ties. let me show you the way.

 

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CVB1 Lesson 4: 6 videos

CVB1 Lesson 4: 6 videos

Changing strings in one song.
It is necessary that you learn the note positions on the violin for all strings.
This way you will keep up with reading the scores as they become more and more complex.
So, if needed, skip back to page 8 to refresh your reading skills.
Nr. 12-14 handle a few string changing exercises, after that you can play (a simplified version of) “Amazing Grace”, (nr. 15).

Downloads of pages and backing-tracks are the buttons below the video.

Lesson 4 String changes

In this lesson we will cover string changes and the time signature: 3/4. With that we will combine all techniques we learned so far with fingers 1 and 2.

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12

Let’s practice the string changing from the A string to the E string. Play long bows so you can control the changing better. This is a good moment to check if your bowings are still straight. CVB1 12

 

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13

Same, but now we’ll add some tied notes to it. CVB1 13

 

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14

Now let’s try this on the D string and A string. Again, check your bowings. CVB1 14

 

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15

We are ready for a nice song, making use of the exercises we did so far. This is in a different time signature, 3/4. This means: the quarter note is the “count” and there are 3 of them in a measure. You will notice that the first measure has only one note, we call that an upbeat. (In the precount it will be on the 3rd). This is usually “compensated” by taking one count out of the last measure, you can see it contains a half rest, (2 beats). You could say that the third beat has moved to the beginning of the song, the upbeat. CVB1 15

 

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Let’s improvise

Let’s improvise on the 3/4 measure. We will also practice string changes. Follow me!

 

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CVB1 Lesson 5: 9 videos

CVB1 Lesson 5: 9 videos

Starting with the 3rd finger.
The 3rd finger must be placed against the 2nd finger, remember to put the fingers round on the fingerboard.

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Lesson 5 The 3rd Finger

In this lesson we will start with the 3rd finger. The 3rd finger must be placed against the 2nd finger, remember to put the fingers round on the fingerboard. First play on the A string: 0-1-2-3 and listen to the pitch.

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16

Now read and learn the new notes where the 3rd fingers are in the score. Here on the A string. Round fingers and the 3rd against the 2nd finger. CVB1 16

 

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17

Now on the D string. CVB1 17

 

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18

Now on the G string. CVB1 18

 

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19

Finally on the E string. CVB1 19

 

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20

Nice little song on A and D string. CVB1 20

 

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21

Now on the E string. CVB1 21

 

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22

Finally on the G string. CVB1 22

 

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Let’s improvise

We will add the 3rd finger in our improvisation. Let’s focus on doing this on one string for now.

 

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CVB1 Lesson 6: 7 videos

CVB1 Lesson 6: 7 videos

Covering the major scales of G, D and A.
The eighth notes will be covered in this lesson too.
With the eighth notes we will play an American traditional song “Boil ’em Cabbage Down”.

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Lesson 6 8th Notes

Lesson 6 will cover the major scales of G, D and A. The eighth notes will be covered in this lesson too. With the eighth notes we will play an American traditional song “Boil ’em Cabbage Down”, tab 25

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23a

This is the scale of G major. CVB1 23a

 

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23b

This is the scale of D major. CVB1 23b

 

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23c

This is the scale of A major. CVB1 23c

 

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24

Eighth notes are faster than quarter notes, requiring even less space on the bow. Middle part of the bow will work best. CVB1 24

 

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25

Are you ready for some Bluegrass? Let’s Boil ’em Cabbage Down! CVB1 25

 

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Let’s improvise

Quarter and eighth notes in our improvisations today. Start with ex. 25 as example, play the same note (= finger) for the quarter note and two eighths.

 

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