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Susanna S.

Violin for Beginners: An Intro to Violin Basics & Techniques

Online violin group class with Susanna S.
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  • What You’ll Learn

    • Proper posture while playing the violin
    • Correct bowing and left hand technique
    • Fingered notes and simple melodies
    • Important scales on the violin
    • Basic music theory concepts


    Weekly Curriculum

    Sunday August 6th: Basic violin setup and bow hold. Producing the first sounds from the violin with the bow : Start with learning all of the parts of the violin and the bow and what each part does or is responsible for. Learn the proper position and posture for holding the violin in playing position. Learn the proper bow hold. Learn how to play the instrument by pizzicato or plucking the strings. Learn how to play open strings with the bow. Learn the 4 open strings names and sounds. Answer general questions students have about rosin, shoulder rests, tuning, method books, lessons, etc

    Sunday August 13th: Learn how to play fingered notes on the D string: Learn the left hand fingering and spacing on the fingerboard. Learn and play D, E, F# and G on the D string. Learn and play the A, B, C# and D on the A string. Learn how to play a D Major scale. Focus on using proper left hand technique and position while playing. I will demonstrate everything, allow students to play individually and provide feedback to the students. I will answer questions related to left hand technique.

    Sunday August 20th: Learn how to play fingered notes on the A string: This class will focus on bowing. I will explain and demonstrate in detail the proper bow hold and why we use this bow hold. I will help students improve their sound and tone on the violin with the bow. I will provide exercises to help with using the bow correctly. Explain the demonstrate the role your wrist plays with bowing. Explain and demonstrate the role your elbow plays with bowing. Explain and demonstrate the role your shoulder and upper arm plays with bowing. Answer any and all questions related to bowing.


    Requirements

    • A reliable internet connection
    • A laptop or desktop computer if you’re joining from home

      • The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for computer users
    • A tablet or smartphone if you’re on-the-go

      • The TakeLessons app (for Android or iPhone) is required for smartphone users
    • A built-in or external webcam


    Description

    Are you ready to start playing the violin? This online course will set you up for success! You’ll learn how to develop the right habits to ensure that you’re building your skills on a solid foundation. We’ll cover important violin basics for beginners such as reading music, how to properly hold the instrument, left hand technique, and bowing.

    You’ll also learn warm up exercises, beginner melodies, and a few important scales. Put each of these fundamental skills together and you’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time! Here are some more of the topics you’ll cover in this fun and interactive, group class. Join today to quickly expand your knowledge of violin techniques.

    Basic Violin Techniques

    When starting violin for beginners, understanding proper technique is a must. That’s why in this class you’ll learn all about correct posture and how to hold your instrument. Your instructor will begin by naming and explaining the different parts of the violin, including the bow.

    You’ll learn how to position your body when holding the violin in playing position, which involves standing up straight with your weight evenly distributed between your feet and keeping your shoulders level and relaxed. One common mistake that beginners to the violin make is resting the wrist of the left hand on the neck of the violin.

    This incorrect technique can lead to serious hand injuries over time, like carpel tunnel and tendonitis. Although learning proper posture might feel unnatural to you at first, it’s extremely important and with practice it will become like second nature!

    Once you’re familiar with proper posture and the different parts of the violin, you’ll be introduced to the names and sounds of the four open strings on the violin. If you have questions about accessories like tuners, shoulder rests, or rosin, now is the time to ask! Your instructor will save some time for Q&A at the end of each class.

    Music Theory for Beginners

    Music theory is the math and science behind music. Understanding music theory concepts will not only enable you to read music, but it will make you a more well-rounded musician. In this class your expert instructor will provide an introduction to reading notes.

    Using visual demonstrations, she’ll show you where notes appear on the music staff and what the different notes look like. She’ll also cover basic counting methods to maintain a steady beat. Lastly, you’ll learn about scales, focusing on D major, G major, and A major.

    These concepts can seem intimidating, but they’re actually quite simple. They will be especially useful for you if you plan to play in an ensemble or orchestra in the future, like many violinists do! Want to practice your skills outside of class? Your teacher will also provide some helpful pointers for how to get the most out of your practice sessions.

    Left Hand Technique

    Both of your hands have important jobs to do when it comes to playing the violin and in this class, we’ll make sure you’re using them correctly. Your instructor will show you how to shape your left hand and how to space your fingers on the fingerboard. You’ll also learn about proper thumb, wrist, and elbow placement.

    Using finger numbers will help you master left hand technique. In this helpful practice method, each finger on your left hand is assigned to a string. Your teacher will show you where to place your fingers and demonstrate a few different notes on the violin. To ensure you’re following along, you’ll have a chance to play back the notes and receive feedback.

    Get ready to learn how to play a variety of fingered notes on the D and A strings! Once you have the notes down, you’ll put them together to create a simple melody that you can continue practicing on your own. Your instructor will provide guidance along the way if you need it, so don’t be afraid to raise your hand!

    Proper Bowing

    Proper bowing improves your overall sound - but it comes with practice. With proper technique, you can essentially produce whatever tones, strokes, and dynamics you want. However, if you have trouble controlling the bow, you’ll end up making a squeaky or unsavory sound.

    One mistake that beginners to the violin often make is hitting two strings at once, instead of just one. They can also apply too much, or not enough, pressure. Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to correct these common mistakes.

    In this class, you’ll start by learning how to play open strings with the bow. You’ll also receive some additional exercises to practice holding the bow correctly on your own. The right bow grip will give your hand and arm flexibility, power, and control, all while eliminating tension.

    Essentially, proper bowing involves being aware of what each of the fingers in your bowing hand are doing at all times. You will also need to control your wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Over time, the correct formations will become automatic!

    About the Teacher

    Susanna S. has been teaching the violin since 1994. She has a Bachelor’s in Music Performance, a Master’s in Viola Performance, and is a certified musical educator. Susanna has years of experience playing in regional orchestras as well as string quartets in weddings! Traditional classical violin is her specialty.

    Susanna is passionate about working with students of all ages and experience levels. One piece of advice she has for students taking violin for beginners? Have patience with yourself as you improve and progress to more advanced levels of playing. She also encourages beginning students to know that you never sound as bad as you think!

  • 8 Reviews

    Thomas Feb. 10, 2017
    I've had 5 lessons with Susanna and I couldn't be happier. Patient and has good humor. Highly recommend.
    Earl S Jan. 5, 2017
    I think she can make learning fun.
    Nevaeh Dec. 12, 2016
    Susanna was wonderful. She took her time to explain how the lesson would transpire, and engaged Nevaeh to insure she understood everything. She has a lovely way; patient and engaging. Nevaeh felt comfortable right away. She seems perfect for Nevaeh.
    Georgia Nov. 28, 2016
    Susanna is an excellent teacher. I am just a beginner and learned a lot for my first lesson. Her teaching skills are excellent, since I my self am an retired teacher. Cant wait for my next lesson. Highly recommended to all.
    Justin Oct. 11, 2016
    The last few weeks Susanna has help me improve in my skills.
    Grant Sep. 8, 2016
    Susanna does a very good job of making learning a new instrument not overwhelming. She takes it step by step and makes learning the violin much easier.
    Alex Jul. 29, 2016
    This is my first class, and it went much better than I thought. Susanna is a very nice teacher, she made my kid and i feel comfortable during the class.
    Jennifer Aug. 23, 2016
    Susanna is a great teacher . She is so patience. .explains everything so that even I as a beginner understand..Can't wait for my next class..
Class Length
45 Minutes
Max. Class Size
8 Students
Level
Beginner
Ages
10+

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