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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: Play open string on the violin

This how to video covers some beginner theory and then moves on to introduce the open strings. we will covering some basic theory and then moving on to actually playing our instrument. You will learn how to play open strings and pizzicato notes. With the tips from this music lesson you can learn to play the violin.

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: 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 the Martelle bowing technique on the violin

Martelé is French for hammered or with a hammer. You will learn how to play the Martelle bowing technique on the violin with this tutorial. This is played slow with no metronome and away from the bridge. Starting at the tip, using the upper half, throw the bow up bow going exactly to the middle of the bow. The sound should be exactly the same as collé ("T") just louder because you are using the entire upper half. Throw the bow up bow with the biceps. Do the same down bow starting exactly in t...

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 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 2 fingered scales on the 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 2 fingered scales on the 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 ab...

How To: Play one finger arpeggios on the 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 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 pos...

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 a 3 octave G major scale on the 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 3 octave G major scale. 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 at the very tip...

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: Play thirds in the 2nd and 4th 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 2nd and 4th 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: 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: 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 an octave exercise 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: Play broken octaves in 1st and 3rd positions on violin

Do you want to improve your violin playing technique? This violin lesson teaches you a exercise in broken octaves in first and third position. 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...

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

Do you want to improve your violin playing technique? This violin lesson teaches you a great exercise to improve your octave technique in first and third position. 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 shou...

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

Do you want to improve your violin playing technique? This violin lesson teaches you a great exercise to improve your octave technique in thirds in first and third position. 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 exercis...