Beginner Violin 101: Care, Maintenance, and the Right Gear

Detailed, step-by-step guide on the proper set up, care, and maintenance of one of the world's most popular instruments.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Learn the basic concepts and ideas behind the ideal violin set up and save hundreds or more on costly repairs due to lack of proper maintenance and care.

Ensure A Successful Start to Your Violin Learning Experience

  • Find out what gear you need for the best start possible
  • Learn how to perform minor repairs
  • Recognize common signs of damage and neglect
  • Learn how to tune all four strings
  • Discover the best ways to maintain and prolong the life of your violin
  • And much more!

Set-up, care, and maintenance are some of the most often overlooked aspects of violin instruction and yet they can completely dictate the course of one's progress.

After taking this course, you'll feel much more confident in your ability to not only diagnose issues but also prevent avoidable issues from arising. Every beginner course on the violin needs to start with a comprehensive discussion of the "hardware" aspects of the instrument. The violin is an instrument capable of great feats of expression but at the same time (and perhaps because of it) it is also one of the most fragile instruments. Take the guesswork out of what makes your violin "tick," a happy violin makes for a happy violinist!

What are the requirements?

  • Students need not have any prior knowledge of the violin or violin playing
  • Students who have a violin already should have a violin handy, if not, a pen and paper should be at the ready :)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know the fundamentals behind keeping a violin happy and healthy
  • Find the best violin gear to facilitate learning
  • Diagnose and treat minor hardware issues before they escalate
  • Know what goes into setting up a violin for a successful learning experience

Who is the target audience?

  • Beginner violinists of all comfort levels
  • Violin instructors looking for a refresher course or a handy reference
  • Anyone looking for a detailed guide to the art of violin maintenance

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Right Gear

A brief introduction to the course, what to expect, and what not to expect.

Street Cred
Parts of the Instrument
Shoulder rests, part I
Shoulder rests, part II
Shoulder Rests: Up Close and Personal
Instrument sizing
What to look for in a good violin, part I
What to look for in a good violin, part II
Violins: Up Close and Personal
Recommended violin brands and vendors
Miscellaneous Accessories
Section 2: Care & Maintenance
Bow Care
Cleaning the Violin
Bridge Maintenance
The Bridge: Up Close and Personal
Replacing Strings, part I
Replacing Strings, part II
Replacing Strings, part III
Strings: Up Close and Personal
Violin Tuning, part I
Violin Tuning, part II
Violin Tuning - A
Violin Tuning - D
Violin Tuning - G
Violin Tuning - E
Taping the Fingerboard

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Instructor Biography

Daniel Martinho, BM, MM, Music Education Specialist

Daniel Martinho is an accoladed and certificated music teacher with over 13 years of experience in all facets of music education. He has successfully started over 600 students on bowed string instruments and most recently was awarded a Governor's Teacher Recognition Award from the State of New Jersey for his work as a music educator. Dan obtained his Bachelor of Music in music education from The College of New Jersey and his Master of Music from Boston University. In addition to his work in public schools, he also partnered with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in piloting a ground-breaking El Sistema violin instruction program in an inner-city charter school.

Dan is also very active as a performer, performing with and having co-founded the Barefoot String Quartet. The group specializes in all styles of music, from Bach to The Beatles, and most recently performed alongside such legends as Bruce Springsteen, Dionne Warwick, and The Shirelles, to name a few.

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