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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 “ [...]
In lesson 2 you will learn to play 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” [...]
In lesson 3 you will learn to combine 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.
In lesson 4 we will start with 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 [...]
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.
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 D [...]
In this lesson we will exercise the eighth notes a bit more, but now also with ties. You can play shorter notes or legato, all up to you. Let’s go gypsy on 26! If you practice the eighth-note ti [...]
Lesson 8 introduces something entirely different. As we already started with improvisation, it is time to deal with “swing” now. Here we will deal with the scoring as it is used in jazz mu [...]
In this lesson we will look at the dotted quarter note. On page 17 you will see that the dotted quarter note carries 3 eighth notes. Later we will handle other dotted notes as well, maybe it is easy t [...]
We have come to the 4th finger. This is the finger that will need the most exercise because it is the weakest of the 4 generally. Train the 4th finger and try to use as little as possible tension when [...]
Lesson 11 will handle the 4th finger again, but now we go a bit deeper. Putting the 4th finger “out of nowhere” on the fingerboard seems difficult. In this lesson I will show you how to do [...]
In Lesson 12 we will start with the Second Grip. The second finger will move from against the 3rd finger to against the 1st finger. We will refer to this as the “low 2nd finger”. We will a [...]
In this lesson we will be playing Gypsy Jazz while we practice the second grip. Let’s play along some nice “Hotclub De France” tunes, totally in style. We will also cover an importan [...]
This lesson is about combining the high 2nd finger (1st grip) and the low 2nd finger (2nd grip) See how the flat/natural (G-string) and the natural/sharp (D- A- E-string) determines if we have a low o [...]
Lesson 15, the beginning of book 2!! This lesson is all about double stops, playing 2 notes at the same time!. The first tab is the hard work, all about how to study this challenging technique. Practi [...]
Lesson 16, Chords / Triads The triad is the most basic form of a chord, consisting of only 3 notes. In this lesson we will learn how to use them on a violin. Exercises with triads are best done withou [...]
Lesson 17, The Third Grip After the first and second grip you have reached the next level, the third grip. This is the last “grip” of the 3. All songs and exercises from this point will be [...]
Practicing vibrato is a common question of many beginners. I advise not to start too soon, get the 1st position on the violin done first, all the grips, after that you will have a better foundation to [...]
A very powerful way to practice scales, without books! You can see this as a great warming up before you start with practicing a song or exercise. In my example you get the scales of D and G, all in t [...]
How To Play Legato. Legato depends on many aspects like right bow hold, flexibility of the right hand/wrist/arm, bow pressure vs bowing speed, direction of bowing, placement on the string, mindset in [...]
In the “How-To” series this is the first post. Here we will discuss the training of the 4th finger. The 4th finger is often regarded as the weak finger. In runs and trills the 4th finger i [...]
In the “How-To” series this is about common mistakes made concerning the 3rd and 4th finger in the 1st position and how to solve them.
In the “How-To” series this is all about ghost notes. What are they, how do we play them, how do we use them?
This video shows how the lesson pages work regarding the different tabs, AB looper and the download buttons.
Many questions came in to do a tutorial on how to tune your violin. When you take the online beginners course you will have to do it yourself too so it was time to post this now. Feel free to drop you [...]
In the “How-To” series this video is about playing chords on the violin. There are many ways to approach playing chords on a violin. The most common ones will be shown in this video, with [...]