Hot Violin & Viola How-Tos

How To: Play the detache bowing technique on the violin

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...

How To: Play a slurred 3 octave G major scale 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 slurred 3 octave G major scale. This exercise, based on the Galamian "Contemporary Violin Technique," 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 ...

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 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 Pirates of the Caribbean main theme on violin

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...

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.

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 "Silent Night" on the violin

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the song, Silent Night on the violin. Silent night is a popular Christmas Song that can be played on the violin very sweetly. The song is slower and this video will show you how to play the correct rhythm and notes. This video provides all the string movements and order that the notes are needed to be played, in order to execute the song. This video contains voice narration and a visual demonstration for viewers to easily understand and follow...

How To: Play a G major scale in 3 octaves on the violin

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...

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: Practice the vibrato on the violin

Watch this violin tutorial to learn how to effectively practice the vibrato on the violin. This instructional video will show you a few key principles to improve your skills playing vibrato on the violin. Vibrato is a very difficult technique to refine, but this how to video will help you master the violin.

How To: Play one finger scales with the first finger 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 one finger scale on violin. This violin 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 e...

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 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: 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: Do the Sautillé bowing technique on violin

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...

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 ...

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