Class Details

  • Beginner
  • 5 Students
  • 10+
  • 45 mins.

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

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!

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!

Teachers

To provide the greatest availability of start dates we have assigned multiple teachers to this class. All teachers will cover the same class material however their teaching styles may vary.
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Susanna S.
I've been teaching violin for over 20 years and my students have gone on to play in youth orchestra, attend PMEA and ASTA events or go to college as a music major. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to improve your playing skills and as time goes on you'll be able to play at a more advanced level. I specialize in [Traditional Classical violin, typically use Essential Elements 2000, Samuel Applebaum methods, Suzuki methods and traditional scales and etude books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: Metronome, Tuner, rosin. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
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Lucas B.
Hi! My name is Lucas and I love to teach! I've been playing violin since I was 11 years old and currently hold two degrees. A Bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's degree from DePaul University in Chicago - both are degrees in Violin Performance. I began violin in the public school system in Tallahassee, FL and eventually began taking lessons privately with an emphasis in the Suzuki Method. I can't wait to teach you!

Reviews

8 Reviews
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.
Alex N.
Jul 29, 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..
Jennifer B.
Aug 23, 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.
Grant
Sep 8, 2016
The last few weeks Susanna has help me improve in my skills.
Justin
Oct 11, 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.
Georgia H.
Nov 28, 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.
Nevaeh P.
Dec 12, 2016
I think she can make learning fun.
Earl S S.
Jan 5, 2017
I've had 5 lessons with Susanna and I couldn't be happier. Patient and has good humor. Highly recommend.
Thomas L.
Feb 10, 2017