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Learn how to hold your violin and bow, learn to play in tune and master this beautiful instrument with these free violin lessons:
How to pluck the strings on the violin? In this video I explain four ways to do pizzicato and which way of plucking you should do when:
Learn how to hold the violin properly and play with a great sound! This video shows your full body posture: feet, knees, hips, spine, arms and hands
Practicing for many hours can be useless or even counterproductive when you’re doing it wrong.
In this video I share 3 tips to get faster progress in practicing on the violin and save time:
Get rid of your beginner sound is soon as possible: Learn to bow smoothly and create a beautiful tone on your violin
In the Violin Lounge Academy I teach dozens of students worldwide to play the violin beautifully.
I do this through in depth step by step video courses, video exchange and live 1 on1 violin lessons via Skype. I live in Holland (Europe) and my online student Blair lives in Georgia (USA).
Is there a mistake that you just keep making all the time in your violin playing? A difficult run perhaps?
In this video I’m going to give you some practice strategies to correct this mistake.
What to do if you find Something Different on the Internet than what your Teacher Tells you | Violin Lounge TV #240
In this video I give you 5 tips to end the confusion if you find something different on the internet than your teacher tells you in your private lesson. It might clarify some things to you and end some frustration for teachers.
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 episode is about how many times you should repeat something while practicing the violin. We all know practice makes perfect. Did you know in some cases too many repeats can make your playing worse?
We live in an age in which you can download most of your sheet music for free. That’s wonderful, but all those loose papers can become a big mess. Sometimes I think the earth just opens up, swallows a lot of sheet music and then closes again. To avoid loosing your sheet music, I’ve got some tips for you:
The violin, viola and cello are available in different sizes. Smaller sizes are made for children (3/4 size and down) and adults for which the standard size is too large (like a 7/8 violin or cello).
Some time ago I came across this interesting article where the science behind bowing technique and tone production on the violin is explained. Read it here! It’s a very interesting article and I do use it myself, as a violin teacher, to explain to students more about bowing and tone (if they are interested).
In this episode of Violin Lounge TV I discuss the mysteries of talent…
Before I do this I want to share with you the outcomes of a research by the Swedish psychologist Anders Ericsson. He researched three groups of conservatory students and tried to link their level of playing to the number of hours they had practiced.
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.
This video is about how much and how long one should practice the violin or viola. As you might know, it takes 10.000 hours to master something, but I don’t know if that’s what you want with the violin. To spend your 10.000 hours as effective as possible, I share with you 4 tips:
How to Keep the Space between your Index Finger and the Neck of your Violin | Violin & Viola TV #203
The advantage of supporting your violin also with your left hand is that it’s stable, comfortable (you don’t strain your neck too much) and your intonation will be better (research says).
It can be really confusing what size viola to choose. This video will help you find out which size viola is ideal for you.
First I want to point out that the choice of your instrument is crucial for the joy you’ll have (or won’t have) in making music.
What we mean by playing with a ‘cent container’, is when you collapse your wrist and hold your violin in the palm of your left hand. Almost like you hold up your hand to receive some cash.
Do you know you can improve your violin or viola playing with a toilet roll? You can do various exercises with one and I use it a lot when teaching my private students.