Video Lessons



The 10 Beat Challenge

Can you survive the 10 Beat Challenge? It’s a great exercise for warming up your bowing action, and for making clear and consistent sounds on whole bows.



Scarborough Fair

This traditional English piece is probably best known for its interpretation by Simon & Garfunkel. We’ve arranged it for you in four different keys or ‘transpositions’, so that you can choose which note pattern to play!



Cheeky Pizzicati

An exclusive ViolinSchool piece for practising left hand pizzicato. In this video we’ll learn how to pluck the strings using the left hand, and where to place the hand in order to make a good sound.



Mutes and Practice Mutes

There are two main types of mutes for the violin: mutes that change the sound for expressive purposes, and mutes that reduce the sound so that you can practise quietly.



The Position of the Violin

Where the violin should actually be whilst you are playing, and how it fits with your body position.

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Twisting and Turning

When holding and playing the violin, it's not a good idea to allow your neck and head to turn more than they need to, or you might strain your muscles.

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Bringing the Violin to You

How to find the best possible position for your body posture, and understand how the violin and the body work together.

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Picking Up The Violin (Soft Hands)

When holding the violin, it's important to keep your hands soft and flexible to make sure you are handling the instrument correctly, with good care and attention.

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This will drive you up the wall

A whistlestop tour around some fundamental violin-playing ideas… as scribbled on the wall of ViolinSchool’s research studio in London!



Pizzicato – Plucking the String

How to play notes on the violin by plucking the string with your finger, without using a bow!



How to Wind your Bow

Before you start to play, you should ‘wind up’ the bow to increase their tension. And unwind them again before you put the bow away!



How To Rosin Your Bow

Learn how to rosin your bow before you start to play the violin.



Starting a Piece

How to start the beginning of any piece with clarity, precision and beauty.

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Your First Piece

OK… now it’s your turn! We’re going to create your first piece of music, by plucking the strings of the violin.



Subdivision (at Abbey Road!)

Fresh from a recording session at Abbey Road, Simon explains why it’s really important to know how to subdivide.


L'Homme Armé - ABRSM Grade 1 Violin Exam Piece A1

ABRSM Grade 1 Piece A1: L’Homme Armé

A 'how-to' video lesson guide for ABRSM Grade 1 Violin Piece A1: L'Homme Armé

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Simon at the BBC – Don’t Forget To Breathe!

When you find yourself in a totally new performance situation, the freedom of your breathing becomes more important than ever…



Thought Before Action (Visualisation)

It might sound obvious, but it’s a common error to rely on your instinct before your muscles are properly trained. Visualisation can help…



Getting Started with the Violin

Get started with the violin: learn which part of the instrument is which, and find out the main pieces of equipment you’ll need to start playing!



Finding a Violin

How to find a violin before you start learning to play for the first time.



In the Hall of the Mountain King

A video lesson on In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg



Three’s a Crowd!

A Video Lesson for ‘Three’s A Crowd!’, an exclusive ViolinSchool piece!



A Clean Sweep

A Video Lesson showing you how to play ‘A Clean Sweep!’ – an exclusive ViolinSchool piece.



Finger Placement

When placing your fingers on the fingerboard, make sure you consider your arm position too.



Tuning the Violin

How to tune the strings of the violin.



Checklist: The Body

How to create a checklist to maintain a good body posture whilst playing the violin.



Breathing

The freedom of your breathing is crucially important for good violin-playing!



Checklists

How to use checklists to improve the consistency of your violin-playing.



Tension

Learn about how muscular tension affects violin-playing.



The Grasshopper

Practise your string crossings using open strings with this how-to guide for ViolinSchool’s piece, ‘The Grasshopper’



The Strings of the Violin

Learn the names of the violin strings, and hear what each string sounds like.