Top 3 Violin Hacks I learned from Itzhak Perlman’s Masterclass | Violin Lounge TV #315

by | Jul 10, 2019 | Practice Tips | 10 comments

So inspiring to learn from one of the best violinists of our time. Learn the 3 tricks that will move your forward in your violin playing:

In the above video I share 3 violin hacks from the masterclass with famous violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman has launched a wonderful course by Itzhak Perlman. Now everyone worldwide can learn from the maestro!

Top 3 hacks I learned

Hack #1: Don’t bow straight

Bow an eight, not straight (downbow frog out, upbow frog in). Your bow can be a bit ‘out’ to improve the response of your violin. See in the video what I mean.

Hack #2: Intonation: Practice transitions

Never correct just one note, but practice the transitions from the previous note or to that note. Don’t correct, but go back and try to hit that note in one go.

When playing out of tune, first ask yourself: is it too sharp or too flat. There are only two options. It’s important that you don’t just notice that something’s off, but that you find out exactly what’s off.

Practicing scales is a good way to ‘store’ the transitions or distances between notes in your fingers.

Hack #3: 3 Hour practice schedule

  • 1 hour of Scales
  • 1 hour of Etudes (and other technical exercises)
  • 1 hour of Repertoire

This is something you may already know but you don’t always apply. It’s always good to hear this and inspiring to hear it from the maestro Itzhak Perlman himself. Find balance in your practice schedule and practice slowly.

In this article I go more into detail about Perlman’s practice schedule.


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Classical violinist helping you overcome technical struggles and play with feeling by improving your bow technique.

Perlman’s video masterclasses are jam packed with great violin technique tips and inspiration

The wonderful thing about this course is that you can learn from it as a beginner, intermediate, professional violinist and teacher. So many concepts are discussed in the short time. You can always go back and take away different things from it depending on what you’re working on right now.

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Leave a comment below letting me know which violin hack is most helpful to you!


  1. Tisha

    I agree 100%! Perlman’s masterclass was so informative. After watching, I’ve sent up my daily practice schedule based on his suggestions. I’ve already noticed improvement in my intonation and techniques just from following his suggestions.

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Wow, great to hear that, Tisha, it certainly inspired me to structure my practice session more too! What piece(s) are you working on?

  2. John

    Mr. Perlman is a gentleman of the first order.

  3. Dan Klein

    I did not receive my poster

    • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

      Hmmm, I see we’ve sent it to you. Can you check your spam and/or promotions folder? If you still can’t find the e-mail, send my team a mail at and we’ll help you out!

  4. Thisbe

    Itzhak Perlman is a real Maestro, a wonderful personality, I am always amazed to see his big hands and fingers, not elegant on the first sight but miraculous if he plays. Tomorrow I will try to bow an subtile eight!

    • Mikel

      In another post, it says bowing should be straight. But here, bowing in 8 shape is mentioned. So… is bowing in 8 good or bad? Which situation that need us bowing in 8?

      • Violinist Zlata Brouwer

        First you need to bow straight just to get control over the bow and don’t do banana bowing or change contact points out of lack of control. After that you can change things consciously to create accents, transitions and sound. Also read this article I wrote.


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