This course teaches students the first steps in learning how to play the violin. So if you've just got a new violin and don't know where to start it's the perfect beginners course for you.
The course videos last less than an hour but you can expect to have to practice each individual lesson repeatedly to get good results. Everybody learns at a different pace so it's important that you just work through the course steadily at you own individual speed.
The course starts right at the beginning and teaches you hold to hold the violin and bow. How to identify the different parts of the violin. How to tune the strings correctly. How to position the bow on the strings and make simple bowing movements. Then a 3 finger pattern is demonstrated so that you can play different notes correctly. Finally all the newly learned techniques are combined and you will be taught how to play three simple traditional tunes.
There's no fluff in this course and technical jargon and music theory has been kept to a minimum, I have concentrated on teaching good practical techniques and tried to make them as enjoyable and fun to learn as I can.
I believe that everyone has the ability to learn an instrument if they have the right mental attitude and are prepared to put a bit of work in. So if you if you fancy learning the violin join me now and I'll have you playing a simple tune in a matter of a few hours!.
This brief introduction explains what will be taught on the course
In this lesson you will learn how to care for your violin, how to tune it and maintain tuning. You will learn the names of the different strings
In this lecture you will learn how to hold the violin and pluck the strings. You will be shown how to hold the bow and how to tighten the hair before playing and loosen it after playing. You will be shown the impotance of elbow position during bowing.
This lecture introduces musical sentences as a way of practising changes of rhythym when bowing. Straight smooth bowing is also demonstrated.
In this lecture you will learn a basic finger pattern to produce new notes. The importance of left hand wrist position is also explained.
In this lecture you will learn to play the tune "Mary had a little Lamb" in different keys
In this lecture you will learn how to play the traditional tune "Peas pudding hot"
A simple quiz to check that you understand a few basic things about playing the violin
In this lesson you will learn how to play a scale of D major. This is really good practice and will help you to play the next tune
In this lesson you will be taught how to play the traditional tune "You are my Sunshine". The whole tune is broken down into simple step by step parts.
I have played the violin for most of my life - over 20 years. I have a huge passion for this wonderful and versatile instrument! I have been classically trained and have passed all eight grades with The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and was awarded a Merit at Grade eight. Alongside the classical training I have received, I have also developed and adapted my skillset to suit a more traditional style of music. I have played in Country, Reggae, Ceildgh, Indie, Folk and Irish Groups and while doing so taught myself to 'play by ear' and improvise. I perform regularly at events, weddings and pubs (I'm also proud to boast that I have performed live on the radio and for Sky TV too!). I love playing, and the enjoyment it gives others, but over the years I have also found a huge satisfaction in teaching, and passing my skills onto others. I have many years experience in tuition, and have almost 100% pass rate for all my students who have sat the ABRSM Graded exams. (With the exception of one student, who overcame her nerves and did pass on her second attempt.) I currently teach three days a week at a local secondary school, where I offer tuition in the violin, piano and flute. I believe that my teaching style is coherent, patient and enthusiastic. I am confident that this is conveyed in my online video courses too. I take a huge pride in all of my students' journeys and success, and should you take my course, I will endeavour to respond to all queries as soon as I can, offering you continued support as you master the wonderful instrument that is the violin!