Learn the Violin - Scales and Fundamentals

A beginner's guide to technique and one octave scales on the violin.
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  • Lectures 39
  • Contents Video: 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

This course covers the basics such as holding the violin and bow properly and tuning the instrument. It covers a couple of different bowing techniques and then goes through both the major and minor scales. 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 with a focus on scales, 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 have a great technical foundation on the violin, and want to learn the scales, which are the building blocks of all songs, 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 allow you to go back and review lectures that you have previously complete. It's a fail safe way of learning the violin.


What are the requirements?

  • You will need a violin and bow. No music reading is required.
  • An instrument tuner would be helpful.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will be comfortable holding the violin and bow and will be ready to learn any beginner song.
  • You will be comfortable playing every note in first position on the violin.
  • You will have the equivalent of 6 - 12 months worth of private lesson teaching witha focus on scales under your belt.
  • You will be able to play all of the one octave scales on the violin. You will be able to take this knowledge to learn new songs on your own.
  • You will learn some different bowing techniques.

What 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.
  • This course is designed for those students who are interested in fundamentals and technique and mastering those.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
02:15

Welcome to the course! In this lecture, I introduce myself and my music background, and go over what the course is going to cover.

Section 2: Getting Started
04:23

After this lecture you will be able to name all the different parts of the violin and bow.

04:11

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.

03:33

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.

04:14

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.

02:08
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.
03:05
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.
3 questions

This is a quick quiz on the Getting Started section.

Section 3: The Left Hand
03:01
This lecture covers how to place your fingers on the violin in order to play different notes, and the best way to do so.
02:40
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.
2 questions

This quiz covers some of the things we learned about the left hand.

Section 4: The Right Hand
06:45
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.
03:14
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.
03:58

This lecture covers the bow stroke that allows for a nice smooth and flowing sound. You will learn the bow stroke that is used when playing more than one note in each bow. This will allow you to tie notes together, play slurs, and will give you the beautiful sound that is commonly associated with the violin.

Section 5: Major Scales
03:01

This lecture describes what a scale is, and explains the difference between major and minor scales. Knowing this difference will be instrumental where learning how to play the scales.

04:55

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.

04:52

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

05:46

This lecture demonstrates the single lower octave A Major scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:40

This lecture demonstrates the single lower octave E Major scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

06:20

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

04:56

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

05:30

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. This lesson marks the turning point in our finger positions during scales.

05:16

This lecture demonstrates the single lower octave F Major scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:50

This lecture demonstrates the single lower octave Bb (B Flat) Major scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:24

This lecture demonstrates the single lower octave Eb (E Flat) Major scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:42

In this lecture, I demonstrate the single lower octave Ab (A Flat) Major scale and instruct you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:37

In this lecture, I demonstrate the single lower octave Db (D Flat) Major scale and instruct you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

Section 6: Minor Scales
05:41

This lecture covers the single lower octave G Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:11

This lecture covers the single lower octave D Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:34

This lecture covers the single lower octave A Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:23

This lecture covers the single lower octave E Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:55

This lecture covers the single lower octave B Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:30

This lecture covers the single lower octave F# (F Sharp) Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:32

In this lecture, I will be teaching you the single lower octave C Minor scale. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:37

In this lecture, I will be teaching you the single lower octave F Minor scale. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:33

In this lecture, I will be teaching you the single lower octave Bb (B Flat) Minor scale. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:21

This lecture covers the single lower octave Eb (E Flat) Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:52

This lecture covers the single middle octave G# (G Sharp) Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

05:37

This lecture covers the single lower octave C# (C Sharp) Minor scale and instructs you in how to play it. You will learn where to place your fingers and what strings to play on.

01:07

This activity has you reviewing the scales that you have already learned, and using a different bow technique to play them. This will help tie everything that you have learned together.

Section 7: Congratulations and Next Steps
01:57

This is the final lecture. You've completed the course! Congratulations! This lecture will cover some practicing tips and how you can apply your new skill.

2 questions

This quiz covers the differences between major and minor scales

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Instructor Biography

Kathleen Kromphardt, Violinist and Violin Teacher

Kathleen Kromphardt is a professional freelance violinist. She studied at Mannes College in New York where she obtained a Diploma in Violin Performance. 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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