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Where are you at with your learning? A common problem when learning the violin is understanding where you’ve got to in the learning process. This is important, because if you don’t have any reference points with which to measure your progress, it can be hard to know whether what you are doin (Read more)
I've been teaching a lot of One to One lessons recently (I added an extra day to my London class - get in touch here if you'd like to book a lesson with me or David!). It's got me thinking about the nature of what a violin lesson actually is! A lot of people come to a violin lesson expect (Read more)
The increasing speed of broadband internet has transformed private tutoring, and learners are now able to connect with teachers all around the world. Real-time lessons via the internet are possible using a webcam and a piece of videoconferencing software such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and Appl (Read more)
There are many reasons that people have for wanting to play the violin. Here are some of the reasons we hear most often: "I just love the sound" "It helps me to relax" "I want to be able to express myself" Regardless of where the initial inspiration for playing the violin comes from, (Read more)
Learning the violin is a life journey. Whatever attracted you to start, whether it was a particular performance, the uniquely beautiful sound of the violin, a desire to learn a new skill or the fact you had always wanted to play an instrument, there’s a lot of fun ahead. For more advanced students (Read more)
So I'm deep in one of our research documents, examining some tiny detail of how the arm moves during a Tremolo stroke. I'm trying to make sure that I've got the best possible wording for an upcoming video script. If I use this word or that word, will it be clear enough? What about people who d (Read more)
By Susan Shaw (learning violin for 2 years with ViolinSchool) Last year, I bought Simon Fischer’s The Violin Lesson. Definitely not to be read from cover to cover, but it’s fascinating as a reference work. Something that really resonated with me is the distinction Fischer draws between adv (Read more)
violin and ageViolin an The beneficial effects of learning a musical instrument are well documented in young children, and the violin has seen its share of child prodigies, but how does the relationship with the instrument change as the player gets older, and is it ever too late to start learning? (Read more)
Learning The Violin and the Body
  I was tutoring at a conference event recently; a slightly unusual one where I was asked to take a room full of delegates, fresh from lunch and expecting some generic team-building exercise, and teach them the basics of violin playing. I stood up and started off with the ill thought-out premise, (Read more)

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