Play in Tune on the Violin
Learn to improve your intonation and position play
Free violin lessons that teach you how to hit the right notes on your violin
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 this video I review the Trala App which provides violin lessons on your phone, checks if you’re playing in tune and tells you if you should play the note higher or lower.
I play the violin for over twenty years, but my intonation improved most in the two years I didn’t practice scales…
Large viola's have a full and deep sound, but it might be difficult to reach all notes with your left hand. This video teaches you how to position your left hand and thumb, so you can easily place your fingers on the right spots. Don't worry that your arms or hands...
In this video I explain how you combine your bowing technique with your left hand technique in string crossings and how your fingers can prepare for the coming note.
This episode is about having more fun while practicing scales. You probably know that practicing scales is essential for building up a good violin technique and playing in tune with a beautiful tone.
We all know that it’s not always fun to play scales and a lot of students find it to be quite boring. With these 5 tips you can experience more fun while practicing scales:
This episode of Violin Lounge TV gives you a good warm up exercise that loosens up your left hand fingers and trains you to move them independently. This is an important exercise that will help you develop a good left hand technique.
These exercises are useful for beginners to professionals and everything in between.
Practice makes permanent.
If you play on the whole fingerboard without minding the intonation (playing in tune), than you will not only NOT learn the right technique, but you will learn a wrong technique. You’ll make the wrong spots and the out of tune notes permanent.
This is why it’s important to try to play in tune right from the start and to be very precise while practicing.
This video is about how to practice double stops and play them in tune.
A double stop is when you play two notes (or more) at the same time on the violin or viola. These notes can be fingered or open strings.
Here are 3 steps to practice double stops:
This video teaches you the first 3 octave major scale that you can learn on the violin and the viola.
On the violin this is the G major 3 octave scale starting on the open G string and on the viola this is the C major 3 octave scale starting on the open C string.
In this video I’m going to explain something a lot of beginners struggle with: placing your second and third finger close enough together to play the semitone in tune. A lot of beginners play the second finger too low or the third finger too high or both.
You don’t want to depend only on what your teacher tells you in the lesson. You must be able to check if you are in tune yourself when practicing.
When you place your first finger on the spot of the second finger, you are playing in the second position. That’s how postion naming works.
This episode is all about how to play semitones in tune on the violin or viola. To make this video tutorial accessible for players of all levels I use the first semitone you learn on the violin or viola as an example. The first fingering you learn is a tone between...
This video is the third and last of three videos about playing in tune on the violin or viola. In these three videos I give you the 12 most important tips to play in tune. One could probably write books for of information about this topic and create loads of DVD...
This video is the second of three videos about playing in tune on the violin or viola. In these three videos I give you the 12 most important tips to play in tune. One could probably write books for of information about this topic and create loads of DVD boxes. In...
This video is the first of three videos about playing in tune on the violin or viola. In these three videos I give you the 12 most important tips to play in tune. One could probably write books for of information about this topic and create loads of DVD boxes. In...
In this episode I review a new product for violinists and violists: the D’addario NS Micro Tuner for violin and viola. You can place this device on your instrument and according to D’Addario this device can serve you in three ways: You can tune your violin or viola...
Do your left hand and right hand sometimes have a quarrel? In this episode you’ll see my hands quarreling with each other! R: You always play out of tune! L: You make a bad tone! R: That’s because you can’t do vibrato! L: You are always out of bow and you scratch and...
This weeks’ episode of Violin Lounge TV is all about making a 'Scale Scheme'. This is something I do with my private students a lot. It makes you understand playing in different keys better. You will know what fingering (high or low) to use. Also it’s an easy way to...