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Conquer Suzuki book 1 in seven months...

Conquer Suzuki book 1 in seven months...

Proficiency in this Suzuki Book 1 course gives you the solid foundation you need to pursue ANY style of violin playing, from Bach to Rock!
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Master Suzuki Book 2 in about 8 months...

I’ll walk you through book 2 as you learn to read music, master vibrato, and get enough tips and exercises to work on for many years!
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Learn to fiddle in about 8 months...

Learn 24 great American and Irish fiddle tunes, PLUS the techniques you need to make any tune a foot-tappin’ show stopper!
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I know it will take a little getting used to, but please be patient with us. If you are currently a member and looking for your lessons, either click on the Login link at the top and Login to your lessons or click on the My RDV link up at the top and it will take you over to the member section. From there you will find a Login link on the menu at the top, just click on that to log in. Once you are logged in, you should see a list of all the memberships you are subscribed to. Just click on the arrow beside the name and it will expand out to show you a list of all the lessons.
If you are still having trouble, or if something isn’t working quite right for you, please click the Contact Us link at the top and send me a message. I’m still working on the kinks for the new site, but we do hope that you enjoy the new look.
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Suzuki Book 1

Just starting out? Start here. My systematic videos take a beginner all the way through Suzuki Book 1 in about 7 months (take longer if you need to). It’s unique on the web.

Suzuki Book 2

When you’re ready for a bigger challenge, Suzuki Book 2 could be for you! I’ll give you detailed instructions on every song and help you finish book 2 in about 8 months.

Red Desert Fiddle

Learn 24 great American and Irish fiddle tunes in about 8 months, PLUS the techniques you need to make any tune a foot-tappin’ show stopper!

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Get regular tips plus links that will guide you to our best free content designed to help improve your playing. Work on tone, rhythm, practice tips and more, right here for free. Sign up today.

Tunes Tutorials

Grow your repertoire for Do-It-Yourselfers. My all-inclusive kits give you everything you need to master a tune!

Vibrato Lessons

From the very first prep exercises to a fully developed vibrato. Part 1 is included in Suzuki Book 1, Part 2 is included in Suzuki Book 2.

Fiddle Secrets

No time to waste? This extremely condensed course gives you the low-down on the hoedown– bowings, ornaments, and chords.

Learn to Read Music

After completing this course, you will be totally proficient and fluent in reading music. (this course is included with Suzuki Book 2)
Just want to thank you sooooooo much for everything. What a difference you are making to my playing! Things that seemed so difficult are starting to be easy. Getting much harder to stop playing as it’s such fun… :-) OMG I’m more into playing the violin than I ever could have imagined….
Catherine T.

 

I’m one of the “Holy crap, will I ever get this right?” people. My bow kept slipping out of my fingers, my pinky didn’t want to curve, and I couldn’t bend my wrist. But I’m persevering, and I know it will be good in the end. That’s what I love about your course. You understand that we’re all different, and you’re always encouraging and positive, and you always teach with affection and humour. I can’t recommend your lessons highly enough.
Meg S.

 

I’m at the end of lesson eight of my violin lessons, and can’t believe how my playing is changing, for the better! Do you realize what a great violin teacher you are?! You do not leave out a thing. I have found other teachers on line, and they are good, too! But, you have a whole different approach. You address the basics so completely, step by step!
Dyan R.

 

The people that I’ve jammed with on guitar over the years, are now asking me to take a fiddle break on most every song…I’ll carry my gratitude for ‘crossin’ your path’ with me for the rest of my life. I’ve also told a few young beginning fiddlers and their parents about you and I’m glad to know their in your care. As I grow older it seems that the greatest thrill of all is showing something to a youngster and watching the fire of their excitement and aptitude burn as they pick it up so quickly. I’m real happy to know a little of this kind of joy that you must be overflowing with.
Charlie U.

 

I love the drilling practice homework and practice coach videos. I feel like I am moving forward with a plan, where before I was just learning a new tune and some ornaments, without much of a foundation. The coolest thing tho is that before I would work on the new piece or my drills scales with a little bit of dread, maybe it was fear that I wouldn’t do good enough in the next lesson. But here the pressure (whatever the cause) is gone, and I enjoy practicing all the time, look forward to playing when I get home from work, etc. That’s new and very cool.
Edward L.

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Get started today with a free membership to MyRDV.com. We’ll serve up our best free instructional content in systematic, weekly packages.

Suzuki Book 1

Just starting out? Start here. My systematic videos take a beginner all the way through Suzuki Book 1 in about 7 months (take longer if you need to). It’s unique on the web.

Suzuki Book 2

When you’re ready for a bigger challenge, Suzuki Book 2 could be for you! I’ll give you detailed instructions on every song and help you finish book 2 in about 8 months.

Red Desert Fiddle

Learn 24 great American and Irish fiddle tunes in about 8 months, PLUS the techniques you need to make any tune a foot-tappin’ show stopper!

Tunes Tutorials

Grow your repertoire for Do-It-Yourselfers. My all-inclusive kits give you everything you need to master a tune!

Vibrato Lessons

From the very first prep exercises to a fully developed vibrato. Part 1 is included in Suzuki Book 1, Part 2 is included in Suzuki Book 2.

Fiddle Secrets

No time to waste? This extremely condensed course gives you the low-down on the hoedown– bowings, ornaments, and chords.

Learn to Read Music

After completing this course, you will be totally proficient and fluent in reading music. (this course is included with Suzuki Book 2)

Get your instrument out of its case.

You’ve got this! What kind of music will you make six months from now? Whatever it is, I would love to be part of it.