- 5 Students
- 45 mins.
- 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
Wednesday October 4th: Getting to know your instrument, proper posture, playing open strings, pizzicato
Wednesday October 11th: Bowing, proper bow hold, sound and tone
Wednesday October 18th: Fingered notes on the D string and A strings, the D Major scale, proper left hand technique
Wednesday October 25th: Fingered notes on the G and E strings, the G Major and A Major scales
Tuesday November 7th: All about the bow hold! Many people think the left hand is where all the hard work is with the violin, but the right hand is just as important, if not more! In this class we'll work on making sure our bow holds are excellent and go over some tips about how to strengthen our fingers!
Tuesday November 14th: In this class, we'll talk about different bow strokes. Mastering a few bow strokes will open the door to many more! We'll also discuss playing on different strings.
Tuesday November 21st: Let's talk about the left hand. In this class we'll discuss proper left hand setup, including proper hand frame and playing with a relaxed hand.
Tuesday November 28th: In this class we'll look at breaking things down. The violin can be a very difficult and involved instrument, so sometimes it's best to break down a tricky passage as much as possible. We'll talk about exactly how to do that!
- 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 built-in or external webcam
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 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!