Free Violin Lessons for Beginner ViolinistsLearn to Play Online from Scratch to your First Concerto
Hi, I’m Zlata!
Classical Violinist & your Online Violin Teacher
Free Violin Lessons for Beginner Violinists
Learn to Play Online from Scratch to your First Concerto
Hi, I’m Zlata!
Classical Violinist & your Online Violin Teacher
You’re NOT too old and it’s NOT too late!
You can learn to play the violin beautifully as an adult beginner
I’ll help you every step along the way. On this page you’ll learn to buy your first violin, tune your violin, hold the violin and bow properly, play scales and beginner songs. You can learn all online by yourself at your own pace.
What to look for when buying your first violin
What do you need to start playing the violin?
You need a violin (duh) with a chinrest and shoulder rest, violin bow, rosin, violin case and music stand.
Best cheap beginner violins to buy online
Most violins you buy online come with a chinrest, case, bow and rosin. You need to buy the shoulder rest and music stand separately (or play without).
As an adult beginner, look for a 4/4 size violin
From my experience working in a violin shop for over 12 years and teaching the violin for over 15 years, I’ve selected the best beginner violins:
- Here’s how I play the Bruch concerto on a $ 29 violin showing you can get a violin within any budget
- Can YOU hear the difference between this cheap, but awesome $ 67 violin and my antique violin?
- Here’s a good quality $ 200 violin that sounds great and you can play for years
- For $ 500 this is absolutely the best beginner violin I’ve found online
Oh no, my new violin doesn’t sound!
How to tune your violin as a beginner
As a beginner violinist tuning might seem a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.
With my free online violin tuner you can learn to tune your violin easily. As it has a microphone, it recognizes the string and tells you if it’s too high or too low. You can tune small increments with the fine tuners and if your violin is very out of tune you can use the pegs.
On this page I explain exactly how to do it. Also you can read all about other ways of tuning like with tuning notes or with a tuning fork and what the pros and cons are of each.
How to hold the violin
At first the violin might feel a little uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. The violin hold is different for every body. However there are some general points:
- The endpin of the violin should point to your throat
- The violin should rest on your collar bone
- The violin shouldn’t point too much to the the middle, but also not too much to the left
- Hold the violin with the strings parallel to the floor, not with the scroll pointing to the ceiling or to the floor. It will be easier to bow straight
- Pick a chinrest and shoulder rest that fit your body and adjust them accordingly
How to hold the bow
Holding the violin bow properly has a great impact on the sound you make. If you have a scratchy squeaky sound as a beginner violinist, this might just be because your bow hold is too tense.
The bow hold is very personal and there are different ways to hold the bow, like the Franco Belgian bow hold and the Russian bow hold.
For every bow hold it’s important that you keep your fingers a bit curved and very flexible and relaxed. The wrist and fingers should be able to move along with the bow strokes. In that way it’s easy to bow straight, bow smoothly and get a good sound out of your violin.
How to bow smoothly on the violin
Bowing smoothly on the violin will give you a great resonant sound. Without bowing smoothly you’ll get screeching and scratching sounds: the typical beginner sound. You want to get rid of that as soon as possible to be able to enjoy making music.
Train the movements of bowing on the violin separately with a pencil or a stick: keep your fingers nicely curved and relaxed. On the up-bow (the bow stroke from tip to frog) you curve your fingers and bend your thumb. On the down-bow (the bow stroke from frog to tip) your stretch your fingers again. Never overstretch your fingers, because this will give a jerky sound.
Play your first scales, pieces and songs on the violin!
I’ve made a complete beginner violin course that teaches you step by step from scratch to your first concerto including video lessons, sheet music and violin tabs.
You’ll learn Mary has a little lamb, Father Jacob, Twinkle twinkle, Old MacDonald, Lightly row and the Ode to Joy theme by Beethoven. Also I teach you scale exercises, so you can play them all beautifully in tune.
Tips for self learning the violin
Yes, you can learn yourself to play the violin
Not everybody has access to a private teacher. Sure, a teacher gives you faster progress and can prevent you from learning bad habits. As a private teacher myself I want the violin to be accessible for everyone, so I do my best to teach you with my free online violin lessons.
#1 Spend plenty of time on proper violin hold and bow hold
#2 Practice on open strings
Don’t move to placing your fingers on the strings too early. First make sure that you can get a good sound from the violin on open strings. This is hard to correct if your attention is divided. Lots of self learning violin beginners get stuck, because they move on too quickly. Hold your horses!
#3 Follow a step by step plan with scales, exercises and songs
You can find thousands of violin lessons online on YouTube, but if you don’t know in which order to take them, you’ll only feel overwhelmed and stuck.
In my free online beginner course I give you a step by step plan from a century long European tradition. It teaches you from scratch ALL the way to your first concerto. Click here to join 12,500 students from 50+ countries in my free beginner violin lessons.
More practice tips:
Easy Violin Lessons for BeginnersPlay your favorite songs on the violin:
Yes, you can already prepare for big violin concertos by diving these easy student concertos!
You just need two fingers and reading notes is not required to play this beautiful melody!
Watch more beginner violin lessons right here!
Get violin lessons and free sheet music on your favorite Christmas songs, like Silent Night, Jingle bells, Oh holy night and more!
Intermediate Violin Lessons Online
When are you an intermediate violinist?
You can continue with my intermediate lessons when:
- You are comfortable with your violin posture and bow hold
- You are playing with a decent sound and fluent bowing
- You can play in tune in the first position with various finger frames
- You want to learn vibrato, position play and more advanced bowing techniques
Side note: of course I can’t determine your level from here neither should you worry about it. Just see which of my violin lessons speak to you.
As you are now perhaps looking for more specific topics, feel free to use the search bar on the top right of this website to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here are just some highlights for intermediate violinists:
Advanced Violin Lessons Online
You’re an advanced violinist when you’re comfortable with:
- Shifting also to higher positions
- Different bow techniques like spiccato and staccato
My online violin lessons sorted by style
Download my violin lesson library:
Classical Music Violin Lessons
- Air from Suite in D by JS Bach
- Ave Maria by Schubert mini lesson and a full tutorial
- Ave Verum Corpus by WA Mozart
- Autumn by Vivaldi 3rd movement ‘the Hunt’ (easy version)
- Autumn by Vivaldi 1st movement (easy version)
- Canon in D by Pachelbel (easy bit)
- Czardas by Vittorio Monti
- Dance of the Flowers from Nutcracker by Tschaikovsky
- Für Elise by Beethoven
- Habanera from Carmen by Bizet
- Küchler op 11 easy violin concertino
- Lacrimosa from Requiem by WA Mozart
- Lullaby by Brahms (Wiegenlied)
- Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet (easy version, mini right here)
- Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet (intermediate version)
- Meditation from Thaïs by Jules Massenet (intro mini lesson)
- Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (easy version)
- Minuet in G Major by JS Bach 120 BPM
- Minuet in G Major by JS Bach 60 BPM slow play along
- Moldou theme from Homeland by Smetana
- New World Symphony Largo by Dvorak
- Ombra Mai Fu from Xerxes (Largo) by Händel
- Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
- Pearl Fisher’s duet by Bizet
- Rieding op 35 easy violin concerto
- Swan Lake theme by Tschaikovsky
Film Music, Movie Scores, Series and Musicals Violin Lessons
- Beauty and the Beast theme
- Downton Abbey theme
- Game of Thrones theme play along, tutorial part 1 and part 2
- Game of Thrones (intermediate)
- Godfather love theme mini lesson
- Godfather love theme full tutorial
- He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer (part 2)
- Irene Adler violin solo theme from BBC Sherlock
- Let it Go from Frozen (easy version)
- Let it Go from Frozen (intermediate version)
- May It Be by Enya
- Money Heist (Bella Ciao) from La Casa de Papel
- Music of the Night (from Phantom of the opera)
- My Heart Will Go On from Titanic (easy version)
- My Heart Will Go On from Titanic (intermediate version)
- Phantom of the Opera theme
- Sadness and Sorrow Naruto
- Spirited Away – One Summer’s Day by Hisaichi
- Walking in the Air from the Snowman
- Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Mancini
- Schindler’s List by Williams
Christmas Songs Violin Lessons
- Angels we have Heard on High (easy version)
- Angels we have Heard on High (intermediate version)
- Away in a Manger
- 12 Days of Christmas
- God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (easy version)
- God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (intermediate version)
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- I wish you a Merry Christmas
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
- Jingle Bells
- Joy to the World
- Let it Snow by Frank Sinatra
- Mary, Did You Know?
- O Christmas Tree
- Oh Holy Night
- Silent Night
- We Three Kings
- What Child is This? (easy version)
- What Child is This? (Intermediate version)
- While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Watch my latest online violin lessons:
How hard are Bach partitas? What is the difficulty level of Bach’s Chaconne? In this video I’ll rank all movements in difficulty:
Learn to play Meditation from Thaïs on the violin with this easy first position tutorial including finger close up and free sheet music:
Play the beautiful tango Por Una Cabeza on the violin with this sheet music and finger close up. Great to practice the second position!
The seemingly simple choice between down-bow and up-bow is the foundation of musical and rhythmical accent
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is a violin technique treasure trove! Improve intonation, bowing, sound, shifting, double stops and much more:
Happy St Patrick’s Day! Learn to play Morisson’s Jig on the violin with this fiddle tutorial including sheet music and finger close up:
Violin lesson on the Ukrainian fiddle tune Bandura Waltz including sheet music download and fingering close up
Learn to play Sadness and Sorrow from Naruto on the violin with sheet music and finger close up
Two short and sweet exercises that will help you get more control over your bow and bow smoothly.