Cracking the Violin Code - Violin Lessons for Beginners!
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Cracking the Violin Code - Violin Lessons for Beginners!

If you could have your violin teacher next to you at any time, how much faster will you Crack the Violin Code?
4.5 (667 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,380 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2020
English [Auto]
Price: $199.99
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Build a very intuitive and healthy violin and bow hold. No other course will give you such a comprehensive and proper knowledge about the violin posture and hold!
  • Start learning some of the most popular tunes on the violin and impress your friends.
  • Learn to read music notation gradually, without effort, just by practicing the simple exercises in the course.
  • Learn very reliable practice strategies, which you can use to learn new songs.
  • Violin and a bow
  • Positive attitude and willingness to practice 15-30 min a day
  • No previous experience necessary

Cracking The Violin Code is a completely new and innovative method for teaching the violin, created by accomplished violinist, TEDx speaker, and author of the highest-rated violin course on Udemy - Dr. Yuliyan Stoyanov, DMA. All the information you need to start playing the violin with no previous experience is presented in a step-by-step, easy to understand fashion. Explanations are followed by exercises, exercises by songs, and songs are presented in a very simple way, so you learn them quickly, making the process fun and effective. Even if you have already started your training, this course is going to give you much deeper understanding about the violin and will help you improve much faster.

Over 4,500 students in more than 100 countries all over the world!

I am so grateful for your incredible support! It gives me the inspiration to keep working and provide high quality violin instruction.

Check out what the others are saying about the course and come to see for yourself how much more efficient and exciting your violin journey could be:

  • "This was the first useful course on the violin I've seen on Udemy. Others were either too basic or too slow-going or not technical enough. But this one was awesome in that he goes over the proper form for holding the bow, good posture and holding the violin and does a very good job of building up fundamentals."

  • "This course is perhaps the most useful I have seen for the violin. It is full of very specific and practical information that helps the student really understand the process."

  • "Exercises are deceivingly simple but very effective."

  • "This courses covers the subject from scratch the instructor is as clear as possible and his knowledge and passion gives me the excitement to learn and study and to bring it into my classroom for my students. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!"

  • "Wow, I love the technical depth that he's gone into, so far, for the violin's anatomy and how the human physiology affects playing the violin."

  • "This Course is extremely thorough and helpful!! Would recommend it to anyone."

  • "Great course, really enjoyed it! Excellent coverage of the fundamentals. I thought the step-by-step process of learning the songs at the end by doing them a small chunk at a time was a great process. Thank you so much for this course, I'm looking forward to your next level violin course!"

  • "The instructor is very clear in his explanations and is highly positive in his teaching approach which motivates me to practice the violin everyday. His experience with this instrument is clearly visible in the way he gives attention to even the very small details. Overall, a great course for a beginner like me."

  • "It helped open my eyes to how the violin works and how to hold the bow in a more comfortable way. I also learned new songs quicker than I usually do because of the clear teaching methods involved. I feel I am getting better at the violin already."

  • "This a great course, very informative. With information not only about the violin, but anatomy as well. Amazing!"

  • "Blown away by how well he breaks down all the gazillion technicalities you need to keep in mind while playing. HIGHLY recommended."

  • "Very detailed, never realized there was so much to learn in just holding the bow."

  • "Very concise explanations about the process of using the bow and also how the left hand is used on the finger board. Excellent course so far."

  • "Wow this course is wonderful! I had been doing everything SO WRONG and I'm already seeing improvement! I am so glad i got this course. The instructor couldn't possibly be better!"

  • "I was able to really understand what he was doing and why. Great teacher."

  • "Very clear and comprehensive explanation. Just the right amount I needed."

  • "Over and above all my expectations."

  • "It was very informative. Your teaching method is very thorough and interesting. I have been teaching myself since my bow arm wrist has been smashed about 1-5 years ago, and I am learning more than ever, I am very happy!!!!!"

  • "Very easy to follow; super helpful for a beginner because of engaging instructor."

  • "I love this course! I have never picked up a violin before taking this and am surprised how successful I have been. Yuliyan takes everything step by step and is encouraging. If you've ever wanted to learn to play, this is the course for you. The lectures are informative, quick and easy to follow. It's also so great that you can go back and watch them as often as you need to. You will not be disappointed!"

Who this course is for:
  • Adult learners
  • Students who do not wish to commit to regular violin lessons, but want to learn as their time allows
  • Students who do not have an access to private teacher
  • Students who wish to have an access to advice at any time, even during their practice sessions
Course content
Expand all 47 lectures 05:26:37
+ Introduction. Basics of sound production and bow hold.
11 lectures 42:10

Learn the names of the different parts of the violin and what happens when we draw the bow on the strings.

Preview 08:08

Learn the correct position of the right hand thumb and why it is the foundation of a good bow hold.

Preview 03:53
Flexion, Extension, and Rotation of the Arms
Exercises for Correct Thumb Position

Learn the position of the rest of the fingers on the bow. Follow a step by step practice session.

Position of the Right-Hand Fingers

Join me for a few exercises for getting a relaxed bow hold, as I explain the role of each finger.

Bow hold exercises. Role of each finger.

Learn about the difference between the "Russian" and "Franko-Belgian" bow holds.

Explanation of the different bow hold traditions.

Join me in a few exercises developing the flexibility of the wrist.

Exercises for the movement of the wrist.

Learn the main elements of the bow arm movement and practice them with me.

How to move the bow arm properly!

They say "The best way to learn something, is to teach it to someone else"! And this is so true! So, take your phone and make a two-three minute video, explaining the most exciting thing you have learned so far. Teach someone how to hold the bow, or why the position of the thumb is important, or the main parts of the bow arm movement. Then send it to your friends to see their reaction, or simply keep it to compare with the videos you will make later and follow your progress easier.

Time to measure your progress. Record yourself teaching what you just learned.
+ Posture and violin position.
6 lectures 22:17

Learn about the different posture traditions.

Preview 02:08

By finding the correct body alignment we are facilitating the process of playing and can get better results with less effort. Join me in a few exercises to discover the correct body alignment and get the most natural posture.

Finding the correct body alignment.

Join me in two fun exercises to warm up and strengthen the shoulders.

Position of the shoulders.

Step by step guide on how to hold the violin.

Placing the violin.

Learn and practice the important aspects of the violin hold: rotation of the left arm, the angle of the wrist and the position of the fingers.

Rotation of the left arm, angle of the wrist and placement of the fingers.

Time to make another video. Teach someone how to find the most natural posture, or how to rotate the left arm before they lift the violin, or something else you were glad to learn in this section. Send it to your friends to surprise them how well you are doing. Make sure you keep it for comparison for later, you need videos like that one to remind you where you started.

Time to measure your progress. Record yourself teaching what you just learned.
+ First open strings.
7 lectures 01:04:04

Learn about the different ways we can change the sound of the violin: sounding point, bow speed, and bow pressure. Troubleshoot some of the most common problems with the sound when you start playing for the first time.

Elements of sound production.

Join me in finding the correct angle of the violin and a position where the left arm can be comfortably held in the air for longer periods of time.

Adding the violin.

And here we go playing! Starting in the middle of the bow, in the same manner we used in the exercises from lecture 8.

First open strings in the middle of the bow.

Learn the specifics of playing in the lower half of the bow.

Playing at the lower third and the middle of the bow.

Challenge your coordination and learn how to use the entire length of the bow, starting with rests between each note.

Playing with the whole bow with rests.

In this lecture you will be presented to two of the basic bow strokes - portato and legato, and the difference between them. You will learn how to fluently connect all parts of the bow in continuous bow strokes without the rests.

Playing with the whole bow without rests. Portato and legato stroke.

Time to make another video. Don't forget: "The best way to learn something, is to teach it to someone else"! Teach someone how we can play softly on the violin, or how we make a louder sound; show them how to play with a straight bow, while moving the arm in different directions. When you initially bought the course, you were provided with a link, on which you could upload your videos for me to revise. Send me your best video and I will personally look at it, pointing out the things you do well and the areas you need to improve. Share it with your friends to inspire them with your persistence in learning how to play this beautiful instrument.

Time to measure your progress. Record yourself teaching what you just learned.
+ Using the left hand fingers. Placement and exercises.
4 lectures 18:54

Learn how to place the fingers on the strings. Join me in a fun exercise on how to feel the fingers in their full length, starting all the way from the wrist.

Placing the left hand fingers on the strings.

Learn to play the notes on A string, paying special attention on the little finger.

Playing the notes on the A string.

Learn some shortcuts on how to remember the notation easier. Discover the importance of preserving the same frame of the fingers on each string.

Note reading tips. Switching between strings with the left arm.

It is time for another video. Teach someone the names of the notes on A string, G string, D string, and E string. Show them how we align the left arm, so the little finger is right above the place it is going to press on the string. Compare this video with the ones you took at the beginning and see how much you have advanced. Share it with your friends and tell them to get ready, very soon you will be playing your first songs!

Time to measure your progress. Record yourself teaching what you just learned.
+ Songs.
19 lectures 02:59:09
Merrily we roll along, part two.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Great job learning your first songs! Now teach someone to play them in a video. Play each song section by section and explain how to learn it faster, before performing the entire tune at the end. Then, compare the video with the ones you made earlier in your progress. Watching your previous videos will remind you of some important aspects you might have overlooked, but will also make you realize what a long way you have gone. Share it with your friends, you deserve a word of praise!

Time to measure your progress. Record yourself teaching what you just learned.
Long, long ago.
Are you sleeping, Brother John? part one.
Are you sleeping, Brother John? part two.
Jingle Bells, part one.
Jingle Bells, part two.
Jingle Bells, part three.
Jingle Bells, part four.
Jingle Bells, part five.

Hey, congratulations for getting all the way to here! Use this backing track to practice the song along. Take your time and learn it well in the slower version, before you go up to the performance tempo. Most importantly, have fun:).

Jingle Bells backing track, 50 BPM (slow practice tempo)
Jingle Bells backing track, 75 BPM (medium practice tempo)

Good job keeping up! You are almost there! Stay at this tempo until you feel comfortable with it and feel relaxed performing it.

Jingle Bells backing track, 90 BPM (faster practice tempo)

You did it! You are the real deal! Practice with the click track until you feel you got the song down and it feels easy.

Jingle Bells backing track, 100 BPM (performance tempo, with click)

Congratulations! I am so proud of you! Enjoy the song and enjoy yourself performing it! Fun times!

Jingle Bells backing track, 100 BPM (performance tempo, no click)

CONGRATULATIONS! You have completed your course! Not only you now know a few songs, but you have learned a very healthy and intuitive way of playing the violin. Some things may be harder than others and may need more time to feel effortless, but you have a great foundation and you can use it to learn more songs and develop even more flexibility in your body and fluency with the instrument. Don't forget to share a video with me, so I can give you my comments, or with your friends, to impress them with your new skill! I am honored you have chosen me as your teacher. I hope you enjoyed the course as much as I did making it.

Time to measure your progress. Record yourself teaching what you just learned.

We all enjoy completing quizzes! This one covers the topics all the way from the beginning, so you can check if you remember the most important parts of the course. Great job!

Cracking the Violin Code Final Quiz
15 questions