All right, so you want to learn to play the violin! First things first, you must make sure you are properly set up!
- Purchase a violin – You won’t get far without one of these! Here you can purchase starter violins ranging 49.95 and up. Now, obviously a $50 dollar violin won’t sound and play like a $500, $5,000 or even a $50,000 instrument, but we aren’t ready for an expensive instrument yet anyways! Sometimes you can really luck out, I have come across violins purchased at anywhere from $12-$100 that sounded as good or better than some $300 violins that I used to retail at a music store!
- Find a local violin shop and ask them to set up a “Don’t Fret” for you. The “Don’t Fret” system is an easy way to mark finger tape positions, so that you won’t have to do so much guess work in the beginning.
- Find either a musician friend or the same violin shop to tune your instrument for you.
- Pick up Essential Elements for Strings (violin) book 1. If you get the 2000 edition, it also comes with a CD and DVD featuring audio tracks and other learning aids!
You’re all set! You are now ready to begin your first lesson!
Lesson 1 – You don’t need your violin for this one, just some basics.
Lesson 2 – String names, pizzicato (plucking) and some basic theory.
Lesson 3 – Fingered notes on the D string and bow hold.
Lesson 4 – Fingered notes on the A string and bow exercises.
Lesson 5 – Review Dreidel and introduce familiar tunes. The bow is right around the corner!
Lesson 6 – Introduction to Bowing.
Lesson 7 - Bowing Exercises
Lesson 8 – Eighth Notes
Lesson 9 – Half Notes, 1st and 2nd Endings, Left Hand Pizzicato
Lesson 10 – Introduction to the 4th Finger
Lesson 11 – Song Demos and Notes on the G String – Coming Soon!
Bonus 1 – How to Set up a Kun Shoulder Rest
Bonus 2 – Allison Krause – Now That I Found You Solo
Bonus 3 – How to Use a Korg MA-30 Metronome
Bonus 4 – Question Response: Stop Unwanted Bouncing of the Bow
Bonus 5 – Question Response: Keep all the Fingers Down?
Bonus 6 – How to Tune Your Instrument (Coming Soon!)