Violin Foundation Ultimate Workshop
What you'll learn
- how to choose, set up and properly maintain your violin
- General Posture, Hand Positions, Bowing and Plucking techniques, Tuning and Timing, Sight-Reading Basics and Essential Theory
- an in-depth knowledge of the violin's history and design
- a wealth of useful hints and tips on how to structure and optimise your practise in a relaxed and comfortable way
- start developing your creative abilities - a life-changing experience in itself
- the common mistakes and habits which can slow down your progress
This is a simple but highly detailed course, designed to bring you to an intermediate level without any stress or drama.
The course was created to be educational whilst remaining enjoyable and entertaining, combining the academic knowledge I received while studying in Moscow with my practical experience of playing violin for 50 years, performing thousands of concerts around the world and teaching for more than 25 years in the UK, Scotland, Russia, Ireland, Germany, Norway and the US.
In this course, I combine different approaches and techniques, in order for it to be suitable to everyone regardless of your age, ability, needs, experience or emotional state. You will find graphs, charts, texts, pictures, symbols, exercises, audio and video demonstrations, stories and descriptions. We will talk about the history, philosophy and science behind the sound, music and creativity.
As you probably know, there are many different schools, techniques, approaches and philosophies of teaching violin around the world. The problem is that everyone is different. There are students who can learn best while being presented with facts and logical explanations, students who rely on their ability to see and copy, students who need to hear or feel, students who need to understand the physical aspects of muscular movements, those who benefit mostly from the associative learning techniques, or those who rely on their intuition. There are students who can only learn while being supervised, or those who learn better when left alone. There are students who want to learn violin in order to conquer the world, and those who want to develop their creative side and make their lives more meaningful. There are fast learners and there are slow learners, there are students who need results and there are students who simply enjoy the process of learning.
Every experienced teacher who loves their job eventually comes up with a system which combines bespoke methods and techniques for the maximum results and productivity, while keeping students interested and fully involved in the learning process.
And of course you'll learn about my secret motivational weapon based on the ‘Chocolate Power Technique’.
You will find all of this and more in the 'Violin Foundation Ultimate Workshop'.
See you soon and let's have a good time!
PS. Nothing in this world stays static. I'll be adding and updating resources for this course, creating new topics and responding to the requests from my students, so don't be shy, send me your questions, propositions, ideas and comments. Together we learn!
Who this course is for:
- Everyone willing to learn violin and to connect with their creative side
Oleg is a performing musician and multi-instrumentalist, teacher, lecturer and composer. He first studied violin and piano with his grandparents, both graduates of the Moscow Conservatory, and later graduated from the Central Music School and Gnesinn College in Moscow. He co-founded and performed extensively with legendary Russian-Gypsy trio Loyko and world music trio Koshka and has collaborated with numerous international artists, including Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Dr. Sumbramaniam, Ally Bain, Gidon Kremer, Gilles Apap, Andre Heller and Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones. He has also written or arranged several scores for film and video, including Onegin (featuring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler), and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Tim Burton. As a teacher, Oleg has taught classical, jazz/swing and Gypsy violin for over 30 years, and he has given workshops and master classes in schools and universities worldwide, including the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast; the University of Aalborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Gotenburg, Sweden; Temple Sinai, Marblehead, Massachusetts, US; the Schous Cultural Centre, Trondheim, Norway; Russian Cultural Centre, Glasgow, Scotland; Music Generation, Ireland; New Waltons School of Music, Dublin; Sligo Jazz Festival, Sligo, Ireland and Cavan Music Academy, Ireland. He has recorded and produced more than 30 albums under his own name or as a guest artist and is signed to ARC Records UK, Circular Records Scotland and Adastra UK. Currently Oleg is a permanent member of the following groups: Koshka, Yurodny, Hot Club of Dublin, NoCrows and LPG Trio.