How To: Play the staccato bow technique on violin

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...

How To: Play artificial harmonics on the violin

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.)

How To: Play advanced octave exercises on the violin

Do you want to improve your violin playing technique? This violin lesson teaches you a great exercise to improve your octave technique. This exercise is based on the Yost system. This exercise 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 ...

How To: Play tenths on the violin

Do you want to improve your violin playing technique? This violin lesson teaches you a great exercise to improve your tenths technique. This exercise is based on the Yost system. This exercise 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 tenths exercise you should relax your fingers...

How To: Rosin a violin bow for the first time

In this video, we learn how to rosin a violin bow for the first time. To start, you will want to tighten the hair on the bow by turning the bottom bow clockwise. Next, you will take your rosin and move the bow over it. Just do small sections at a time, then move onto the next section. It may be hard to get the rosin going, scratch it with sandpaper before you begin if it's being difficult. You will know when the rosin is going, because it will not look shiny anymore. Once you reach the top of...

How To: Install a violin bridge

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...

How To: Play the Collé bowing technique on the violin

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...

How To: Play an advanced arpeggio exercise on violin

If you want to improve your violin technique then this how to video is the place to start. This video teaches you to play an arpeggio exercise. 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...

How To: Play broken thirds in 1st and 3rd positions on violin

If you want to improve violin technique then this tutorial is for you. This violin lesson teaches you to play broken third 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 ...

How To: Play an advanced thirds exercise on the violin

If you want to improve your violin technique then this tutorial is for you. This violin lesson teaches you to play an advanced thirds exercise. 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 wris...

How To: Play the Ricochét bow technique on violin

Ricochét is French for skipping a rock. Not to be confused with the English version of bouncing off things. This how to video teaches the Ricochét bow technique on the violin. This technique helps you feel the vibration of the stick that helps you get a bigger, freer sound. You should drop or throw the bow in the middle from about 4 inches high and let it bounce; lift pinky and ring finger and drop/throw the bow on an open string while going down bow; press with index finger for about 6 bounc...

How To: Play a violin tuning exercise

If you want to improve your violin technique then this how to video is the place to start. You will learn how to play an exercise that improve your tuning. This exercise, based on the Sevcik System, is designed to help intonation training. You should start at the speed of 40 then gradually move it up to the goal of 16th notes at the speed of 192. This exercise will improve the overall shape of the left hand; train the hand to be more articulate and accurate (no muscles just a twitch); builds ...

How To: Play thirds in 1st and 3rd position on violin

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...

How To: Practice ear training with an octave exercise

If you want to improve your violin technique then this lesson is for you. This violin tutorial teaches you a way to improve ear training with octave exercises. This exercise is based on the Yost system. This exercise 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 r...

How To: Play a scale in octaves on the violin

Do you want to improve your violin playing technique? This violin lesson teaches you a great exercise to improve your octave playing in scales. This exercise is based on the Yost system. This exercise 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 finger...

How To: Play Zelda Lost Woods on violin

Watch this instructional violin video to learn how to play the "Lost Woods" song from the Zelda: Ocarina of Time video game on the violin. This tutorial video is great for violinist enthusiasts who love the video game. Find the sheet music for this song in the Downloads section of this user's personal website.

How To: Play "Good King Wenceslas" on the violin

This how to video covers the notes on the D string as well as the bow hold. You will also learn an exercise that is designed to help you shape your fingers and watch your angles so as to not mute other strings when playing. At the end of this lesson you learn how to play the holiday carol "Good King Wenceslas" on the violin. With the techniques covered in this tutorial you can learn how to start playing the violin.

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