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Learn the Violin - No Music Experience Necessary!

A beginner's guide to playing the violin, starting from square one with holding the violin and ending with short songs.
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This course covers the basics such as holding the violin and bow properly and tuning the instrument. It progresses through the scales and culminates in learning a few simple songs. It is taught by video lessons with straightforward, easy to follow instructions. There is also some supplemental material to help guide you along the way. There are lectures on the extras such as the proper way to hold the instrument, as well as lectures focusing on different techniques to improve your playing.

Students who enroll will get to learn a challenging instrument without having to take costly private lessons. This course is about the equivalent of 6-12 months of private violin lessons, so could take anywhere from one month to twelve months to complete. It all depends on how much time you have to put into it.

This course is a very low pressure way to get to learn a new instrument. Without the time commitment and cost of weekly private lessons, students will be able to discover the joy of playing the violin without any added pressure.

If you have ever had any interest in learning a musical instrument, then this course if for you. It starts with the basic foundations and builds from there, so you do not need to have any previous music experience. If you want to be able to enjoy playing some simple songs on the violin, but would also appreciate having the correct technique while doing so, then you would greatly benefit from this course.

Above all, this course is for anyone with a love of music. You can take the course yourself, give it as a gift to friends or family, or to anyone you know that also loves music. With a 30 day money back guarantee and lifetime access, you can be confident in your purchase. Lifetime access will also allow you to take as long as you need to complete the course, and will also allow you to go back and review lectures once you have completed it. It's a fail safe way of learning the violin.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn the violin. It is for all ages but children under 12 would do best with an adult helper.
  • This course would work well for anyone that doesn't have the time or money for private lessons. It would also work well for those already taking private lessons and wanting to supplement their learning experience.
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course you will be comfortable holding the violin and bow and will be ready to take on more challenging songs.
After completing this course, you will have the equivalent of 6 - 12 months worth of private lesson teaching under your belt.
By the end of this course you will be comfortable playing in first position on the violin.
After finishing this course, you will be able to play some scales and a few basic songs on the violin. You will be able to take this knowledge to learn new songs on your own.
This course will teach you about dynamics: what they are, how to play them, and how to incorporate them into your music.
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  • You will need a violin and bow. No music reading is required.
  • An instrument tuner would be helpful.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 30 Lectures Collapse All 30 Lectures 02:59:00
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 02:06

Welcome to the course! First, I will give a bit of a background about me and my music experience. I'll go over the broad topics we will cover in the course, as well as review the supplemental material. I'll also touch on why the course will help you, and what you'll get out of it once you've completed it.

Preview 02:06
Getting Started
6 Lectures 21:35

After this lecture you will be able to name all the different parts of the violin and bow. Knowing these will come in handy for future lectures.

Preview 04:23

We will learn how to tune the violin using both the tuning pegs and the fine tuners. Having an instrument tuner handy would be helpful for this lecture. After completing the lecture, you will be able to tune your own violin before each time you practice.

Preview 04:12

I will cover where to put the tape lines on the violin. An instrument tuner would be helpful for this lecture. After adding tape lines to the violin, you will be able to place their fingers down in the correct position for different notes with a visual guide. It will be as if we are adding frets to your violin, much like a guitar has. Have four strips of tape cut about 3" long and about 2mm wide ready! Electrical tape, car detailing tape, and paper tape all work well.

Taping the Instrument

This lecture will cover the correct way to hold the violin. It also covers the positioning of the body for practicing or performing. Both of these skill will help to make a big difference in the quality of sound you get while playing.

Violin Hold and Stance

I will cover the numbers associated with each finger on the left hand, and how to notate these in music if you are reading music. I will teach you how to do both up bows and down bows and which is which. I'll also let you know how these are written in music.

Left Hand Fingering and Up and Down Bows

After this lecture, you will know the proper way to hold the bow with the right hand. This is something that takes practice, so I will cover ways for you to practice this skill until you have it mastered.

Bow Grip

This quiz will test your knowledge of the violin and bow parts that will be referenced in later lectures. It will also cover left hand fingering, and some other basics.

Section 2 Quiz: Getting Started
3 questions
The Left Hand
2 Lectures 05:41

This lecture covers how to place your fingers on the violin in order to play different notes, and the best way to do so.

Hand and Finger Shape

You will learn finger placement in the first position. We will cover the use of the tape lines and you will begin to get used to playing with them.

Preview 02:40
The Right Hand
4 Lectures 17:52

This will teach you the technique of playing without the bow. We will cover the proper way to pluck the strings and where to place your hands while doing so.


After this lecture you will know the best way to practice in order to get a straight bow. You will learn the technique that results in a straight bow. This will allow you to have the best possible sound when playing.

Playing With a Straight bow

This lecture covers the most basic bow stroke. You will learn the bow stroke that is most commonly used when playing the violin. We will cover ways to practice getting your bow to be straight while playing. This will have a huge impact on your sound quality.

Detache Stroke

This lecture covers a bow stroke that we will be using later on in some of the songs. It's a fun one!

Portato Stroke
5 Lectures 21:20

This covers the definition of a scale and how scales are used. You will learn what octaves are. We will also go over why scales are necessary and how they are used in music.

What is a Scale?

I will demonstrate the single lower octave G Major scale and instruct you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

G Major

I will demonstrate the single lower octave D Major scale and instruct you in playing it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

D Major

I will demonstrate the single middle octave A Major scale and instruct you in playing it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

A Major

I will demonstrate the single lower octave C Major scale and instruct you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

C Major

This quiz will test your knowledge of where to place your second finger in the different scales that you have learned.

Second Finger Placement
3 questions
3 Lectures 07:50

You will learn the definition of dynamics, how they are used in music, and how they are written. Knowing how dynamics are written will help if you learn to read music.

What are dynamics?

We will cover the different methods of playing loudly. These are using more pressure with the bow, playing closer to the bridge, playing towards the frog, and using more bow.

Playing Loudly

We will cover the different methods of playing softly. These are using less pressure with the bow, playing over the fingerboard, playing towards the tip, and using less bow.

Playing Softly
Some Beginner Songs
8 Lectures 01:40:34

You will learn Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and will learn variations of the song by using different scales.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

You will learn the first half of the ever popular Ode to Joy theme by Beethoven.

Ode to Joy - Part 1

You will learn the second half of the Ode to Joy theme by Beethoven, and be able to put the whole song together.

Ode to Joy - Part 2

After completing this lesson, you will be able to play the Happy Birthday song. Birthday parties will never be the same!

Happy Birthday

After this lecture you will be able to play this great children's classic.

You Are My Sunshine

You will learn Itsy Bitsy Spider using the Portato bow stroke.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

After this lecture you will be able to play this popular song.

Frere Jacques (Brother John)

You will learn this song that comes from the Suzuki Method.

French Folk Song
1 Lecture 02:02

Conratulations on completeing the course! You should now have a basic understanding of how to play the violin and know how to play some scales and songs. Keep practicing on your own and review with these lectures.

Congratulations and Next Steps!
About the Instructor
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634 Students
4 Courses
Violinist and Violin and Viola Teacher

Kathleen Kromphardt is a professional freelance violinist. She studied at Mannes College in New York where she obtained a Diploma in Violin Performance where she also played the viola. Kathleen's playing has been described as "beautiful", "sweet", and "fluent" by her audiences, conductors, and teachers. From the grandeur of the concert stage as an orchestral violinist, to bringing the joy of live entertainment to weddings and receptions, she continues to move her audience with her performances. Kathleen has performed in cities both in the US and Canada. She also composes and arranges music.

As a private music teacher, Kathleen has taught both violin and viola. She has taught lessons in person and for the past year has specialized in online instruction with the use of Skype. Her teaching method focuses on the traditional techniques for the violin and viola. Once students are comfortable with the basics, lessons can be geared towards the students' interests. Kathleen's teaching style is informative yet also fun and friendly.

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