Collé is French for glued or sticky. In this tutorial you can play the Collé bowing technique on the violin. Play slow with no metronome and away from the bridge. Play small but powerful "T" consonant at the tip. Start at the very tip and throw the bow up bow with the biceps (about 4 inches). Do the same down bow at the frog. Use triceps to throw the bow down bow (again about 4 inches). Start with open strings until you get the motion right. The colle technique improves projection, articulati...
Violin Lesson #8/37 and 38 -- Playing in Tune. Todd Ehle discusses how to play in tune, and also talks about the differences in independent fingering and block fingering. This is a 2-part lesson.
Staccato is Italian for articulated distinctly, with a separation between notes. In this tutorial you will learn how to play the staccato bowing technique on violin. Start slowly with a nice "pop" or collé sound at the beginning of each up bow stroke. Build up your speed faster every day and track your progress daily in the Practice Journal. The stacatto bow technique improves control over the entire bow and prepares you for pieces that use staccato. Pull to the tip on each down bow stroke. U...
If you haven't tried playing Vivaldi yet, your violin's been missing out on some great work! Antonio Lucio Vivaldi's "Concerto in A Minor" is a great place to start. This series will show you how to play a violin excerpt from the 1st Movement of the composer's brilliant musical piece, walking you through lines 1 through 14.
Sautillé is french for jumping. This how to video teaches you the Sautillé bowing technique on the violin. You should repeat each note 8 times. Find the "sweet spot" where the bow bounces by itself. The stick bounces but the hair never leaves the string. Your hand has to be thrown by the big muscles (biceps and triceps). If it is not working try these three ways to fix it. Hold the bow with the index and ring finger (and the thumb) and throw the bow. Lower your shoulder and raise the elbow sl...
Violin Lesson #30 -- Martelé Bowing. Todd Ehle teaches the bow stroke martelé and has some new ideas from Paul Rolland.
Todd Ehle teaches the retake or lift or bow circle. You'll need to know about the balance point first, since it covers the first steps of the lift.
Violin Lesson #14 -- Détaché Bowing. Todd Ehle teaches how to détaché bowing, which is one bow per note, without changing any weight on the stick, in this lesson.
If you're a violin player who's looking to play the main theme song of Pirates of the Caribbean then look no further. This simple video walks you through the song. You'll likely want or need to pause a few times as you work out the fingering, but hang in there and you'll get it. This song is a catchy little ditty you can whip out at any party or seafaring bash. Memories of Jack Sparrow will soon be floating through your head as you play this song. Now you can play Pirates of the Caribbean the...
Practice the violin the Ivan Galamian way to become a better player. Learn intonation and bowing exercises for violin in this free series of violin lesson videos from a professional violinist.
Violinists can improve their range with minor scales and their skills with arpeggios. Learn how to play minor scales and arpeggios on the violin in this free music lesson from a professional violinist.
Violin Lesson #40 -- Legato Bowing (Smooth Bow Changes). Todd Ehle shows how to accomplish smooth bow changes with the legato method in this lesson.
Todd Ehle talks about tonalization, and teaches some tone production techniques in this lesson.
Learn how to play the violin solo from "Our Song" by Taylor Swift.
Learn how you can play and count eighth notes on the violin with this tutorial. This lesson covers music theory and violin techniques. You will be able to learn rhythms and how to play them on the violin with this how to video.
If you want to improve your violin technique then this how to video is the place to start. This violin lesson teaches you to play a G major scale in 3 octaves. This exercise is designed to help you increase your comfort and agility in all positions, develop confidence and accuracy in all positions, and improve coordination. When practicing this exercise you should memorize fingerings, bowings, and positions; use the whole bow on every slurred stroke, half the bow on the martelé strokes, and a...
Detache is French for separate bows, not to be confused with the English "detached", with space between the notes. With this tutorial you will learn to play the detache bowing technique on the violin. The detache technique helps build a consistent and confident sound, improves projection and improves control of the entire bow, especially at the very frog and tip. Play as loud as possible. Bow next to the bridge (Control the "Sounding Point"). Keep the bow straight and flat. Use the entire upp...
Violin Lesson #27 -- String Crossing. Todd Ehle talks about string crossing, while he uses some certain techniques to practice with.
If you want to improve your violin technique then this tutorial is for you. This violin lesson teaches you to play thirds in 1st and 3rd position. This exercise, based on the Yost system, is designed to increase your familiarity and comfort in all positions, develop confidence and accuracy in all positions, develop an understanding of what to listen for while shifting, and improve your ear training and overall intonation. When practicing this exercise you should relax your fingers, hand and w...
Learn how you can set up your shoulder rest for a violin with this tutorial. A shoulder rest makes playing the violin a lot more comfortable. With the tips in this how to video you will be able to set up your shoulder rest and play the violin with comfort and ease.
If you want to improve your violin technique then this how to video is the place to start. This video teaches you to play 3 octave arpeggios. This exercise is designed to help you increase your comfort and agility in all positions, develop confidence and accuracy in all positions, and improve coordination. When practicing this exercise you should memorize the sequence of arpeggios on the piano... start with the first 3 notes of each arpeggio; mark what position you are in above each new posit...
Finger positions on a violin are very close together and the slightest movement will change the pitch of the notes. Learn tips on how to always correctly position your hands in 2nd position on a violin from an experienced musician in this free video.
This instructional violin playing video shows one method of reducing the shaking of the violin when practicing vibrato. Just wrap the scroll with a piece of towel, and then place it against the wall to secure the position. Then practice the vibrato on the violin. This video is great for beginning violinists.
This music lesson goes over how to find the proper placement for your fourth finger. This video also covers bowing techniques and how to play "Ode to Joy" on the violin. This tutorial is designed for beginner violin students. With the techniques in this how to video you will learn how to start playing the violin.
In this music lesson you will learn how to play half notes on the violin. This video also covers 1st and 2nd endings in music as well as left hand pizzicato. This tutorial is designed for beginner violin students. With the techniques in this how to video you will learn how to start playing the violin.
Wohlfahrt Op. 45, Violin Etude, #1. Todd Ehle starts a new series in his violin lesson on how to play Wohlfahrt's Opus 45, working on the first measure.
Violin Lesson #21 -- Relaxation and Balance. Todd Ehle talks about string crossing using balance and relaxation in this lesson.
Violin Lesson #20; Relax! Relaxation Techniques. Todd Ehle shares his ideas on relaxation in this lesson.
Violin Lesson #4-6 -- The Hold and Finger Placement. Todd Ehle teaches how to hold the violin and shows proper finger placement in this 3-part lesson.
In this video, we learn how to install a violin bridge with Mike. First, loosen the tension of the strings, then take out the bridge from the violin. After this, pull the strings around so they are running straight. Tighten them, but not too much. You want a pinky worth of height in between the strings and the base. Now grab the bridge. The flat side will face the tail of the violin and the other side will face the opposite. The bridge should be place directly in between notches on the base o...
Artifical harmonics are a little different from natural harmonics as each requires two fingers to create one note. In this video violin lesson, you'll learn how to finger and play artificial harmonics on your own violin. For more information, or to get started, press play! (NB: When playing artificial harmonics, the finger's contact with the string should be reduced to the smallest point possible.)
There are twelve different notes and twelve different main major keys that every instrument can play in. Learn the notes in the E major violin scale in this free video clip from an expert musician and learn to apply them to other keys as well.
The violin is one of the most important melodic instruments in history. Learn A Minor scale arpeggios on it in this free video clip series. Play an A minor scale arpeggio on the violin - Part 1 of 15.
Check out this instructional violin video that will give beginners some tips to do a better arm vibrato on the violin or fiddle. This basic tutorial offers a few exercises to help you practice an arm vibrato. This is a great video for beginners looking to improve their vibrato skills on the violin.
This how to video is an introduction to using the bow on the violin. Bowing techniques are a very important to mastering the violin. Learn how to hold the bow and up and down strokes. With the techniques from this music tutorial you can learn how to play the violin.
In this two part how to video you will learn the notes on the A string, the D major scale, and begin to learn how to use the violin bow. This lesson gives you some helpful exercises to improve your technique. With this the tips from this tutorial you can learn how to play the violin.
Violin Lesson #49-50 -- Sautillé Bowing. Todd Ehle talks about sautillé bowing, in this 2-part lesson.
Violin Lesson #48 -- String Crossing (Slurs). Todd Ehle talks a little about playing in tune and then shows you how to slur the strings.
Violin Lesson #45 -- Playing in Tune (Ringing Notes). Todd Ehle continues on about playing in tune in part six, this time concentrating on Sympathetic Vibrations (sometimes called ringing notes), and how to use them to play in tune.
Violin Lesson #41-43 -- Introduction to Double-Stops. Todd Ehle discusses doubles-stops on the violin in this 3-part lesson.