In this class, students will learn how to prepare for their first few violin lessons. Topics include caring for your instrument, brainstorming goals, music theory basics, warm up exercises, and more. You'll also have the opportunity to speak with a live expert instructor to get basic questions about lessons (what to expect, how quickly you will improve, etc) answered. Join this class to boost your confidence as you get started with violin lessons or learn about violin lessons before you start! Great for beginners.
What You'll Cover:
Sunday June 11th: 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.
Monday June 12th: 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.
Monday June 19th: 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.
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