How to Play in Tune on the Violin with Simon Streuff

by | Apr 4, 2018 | 2 comments

How to improve your intonation on the violin?

The biggest struggle of violinists is to find and hit the right notes consistently

Improving your intonation is not just a matter of practicing more or listening well. You need some good practice strategies.

In the Violin Lounge Study Group on Facebook I asked you: if you could wave a magic wand and ONE area of your violin playing could be perfect, what area would you choose? Intonation (playing in tune) was most popular amongst you, so I decided to interview Simon Streuff all about intonation.

Simon is a performing violinist in Germany with a busy teaching studio and a successful YouTube channel. In this interview he shares tons of tips on improving your intonation, practicing scales and ‘cleaning up’ the pieces you already play.

Click here to go to Simon’s YouTube channel.
Click here to go to Simon’s violin education website.

What’s the best insight you got from this interview? Share it in the comments below:

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  1. Vernon Skinner

    I’m an adult learner and at the beginning was given the option by my violin teacher of having dots on the finger board. I decided I would not do this. I think that was a good decision, because I am now getting the idea and developing finger positioning purely from muscle memory and listening. I do practice all the time with a tuner app: I find this incredible instructive, both to reassure when I think my tuning is good, and to correct when it is not. I am becoming less and less dependent on the tuner, as my ear starts to take over. I still rely on the tuner for pitching difficult-to-get notes (e.g. B-flat), but even this is becoming easier now. So for me – YES to a tuner and NO to fingerboard dots!

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      You’re absolutely right, Vernon, I think you’ve made a good decision from which you’ll benefit in the future as you develop your ear much more than someone playing with stickers. I never use stickers for my private students.



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