Suzuki Book One

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Everyone can learn to play the violin, regardless of where they live, even in rural areas or when good teachers are hard to find. Music is for EVERYONE, regardless of family background or social status, and that’s why I created my online lessons to make music ATTAINABLE for every person, including you! Finally! Online lessons for beginners that take you systematically from novice through Suzuki Book I!


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Have you struggled to find a teacher in your area?

Have you had to cut lessons from your budget?

Are you frustrated with your violin practice time, seeming to make no progress?

Do you move frequently and have to start over with new teachers?

Do you feel self-conscious about your form, tone, or intonation?


That’s why I developed my fabulous fundamentals online violin lessons!

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Work for anyone with an internet connection

Work on YOUR schedule

Are more affordable than most in-person instruction

Let me tell you about what’s in store!

Hi, I’m Lora from

If you’re looking for online violin lessons for beginners, you are in the right place.My video-based lessons take beginners step by step through Suzuki Book 1 using the method I perfected over 10 years of teaching private students.My online lessons are affordable, flexible, very high quality, and come with tons of free resources to help you make real progress at your own pace.

Bottom line: if you have an Internet connection, a violin, and a strong desire, you can get a great foundation through my online lessons.

And I’ll even tell you how to take a sneak peek before you sign up!


My Story

I started to take violin lessons at my school when I was in fifth grade. I fell in love with my instrument and knew that that  was what I wanted to do with my life.

But the next 15 years, frankly, were pure hell. I worked my tail off! (If you were here, I’d prove it. No tail!) I didn’t watch TV, didn’t go out with friends, I practiced on camping trips, on family vacations to Half Moon Bay. I never went anywhere without my violin.


I kept this up from 5th grade through a Master’s degree in violin performance. I buried my head in music and solitary practice. The best illustration of how single-minded I was, is that while living within 50 miles of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1998, I had not heard about it until Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING!!!!

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME? It seemed like I practiced twice as hard as anyone else but only got half as far.  I asked my teachers, but they couldn’t help. Some didn’t believe I was practicing that much, and some (I could tell) just didn’t believe that I had what it took to make it. In the end I realized that I was practicing LOOOOONG hours, but no teacher had ever taught me how to practice effectively. 

But then I had an ephiphany that changed my life. 

I finally understood what was wrong during all those years of struggle when I took a course in Suzuki instruction. This class was supposed to train me to teach beginners, but instead, I was the one learning basic fundamentals that I had never been taught! 

Here I was, a professional violinist, and somehow I had missed out on some of the most basic fundamentals—fundamentals which the Suzuki Method routinely gives to its BEGINNERS! 

That was when I realized the value of the Suzuki Method and the value of learning to practice right, not just hard. I became passionate about teaching those fundamentals to my students so that they could progress quickly with less blood, sweat, and tears than I had spent. 

Let me tell you a little more about that struggle and how it led me to think about online lessons. 


Why Online Lessons?

Simply put, because online lessons can serve many people who are not served by traditional, in-person lessons:

  • People living too far away from good teachers
  • People who move often and want some consistency
  • People who can’t afford in-person lessons

Watch the video to hear more about the advantages. In the video, I also discuss some concerns you might have about online lessons and why they might not be for everyone. My online lessons are specifically designed to take a beginning student all the way through Suzuki Book I. In a series of systematic videos that are easy to follow, I’ll help you build a solid foundation that you can use to reach your goals in any style of playing.

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Tablet compatible

Watch the videos anywhere you want. Set your iPad, Android, or Windows tablet on your music stand and play along with Lora.


You get high-quality instruction from an experienced teacher for a fraction of the cost of in-person lessons.

Save you travel time

Remember, an in-person lesson isn’t just 30 minutes. It’s 30 minutes plus travel time, and that’s time that could be used for practicing or other things in your busy life.

Let you set the schedule

With Red Desert Violin, you can take a lesson when and where you want, fitting your violin around the other priorities in your life. You can even repeat lessons when you need a review.

 Make real progress, Fast!

You don’t have to spin your wheels like I did for years, struggling on your own with ineffective practice time. My online lessons include a Practice Coach to help you practice smart so that every practice minute counts.

Resources and interaction!

Unlike some video courses, I won’t just turn you loose and wish you good luck. I will personally answer all of your questions, and you’ll find tons of helpful resources in the members area.

So, if affordability, accessibility, or your busy schedule are all that is standing between you and learning to play the violin, 
wait no longer! Here it is! 

How Does it Work?

Immediately after signing up, you will go to a page where you can create your username and password. Then you’ll be able to log in and see your lessons. One to two weeks later, more lessons will be visible to you, and so on until you finish the course in about seven months. 

Some people will say, “But I can go faster than that!” That might be true, but I have found that it’s crucial for students to take the appropriate time for skills to solidify. That is why new lessons come every one to two weeks. This approach offers flexibility, but a pace that is like the pace we would follow if you were my private student.  

The videos are organized in a series of units that build in a logical sequence, skill upon skill, until you have successfully finished Suzuki Book I in about seven months. 

The videos are easy to follow and you can return to them later if you can’t work through all of them in one sitting. Each unit also includes practice guidance and homework to help you stay on track.

But here, let me show you. 
This video is a sample from the lessons in Unit Five: In addition to instructional videos like the one above, you will also have access to indispensable “help” videos. For example, you will have videos of me playing every piece in Suzuki Book I. You can play along with me as you practice! 

I’ll also give you videos of me playing each song with a professional pianist so that you can see and hear how each piece is supposed to sound. Then, when you’re ready, you can “fly solo” by playing along with the free MP3 accompaniments you’ll get as a bonus for signing up today.

How good are online lessons?

Let me be perfectly honest with you: online lessons are NOT a long-term substitute for live, in-person lessons from a fantastic teacher.

However, they are better than not taking lessons at all! In certain circumstances, they can be preferable to lessons from an inferior teacher.

  • If you live too far away from good teachers…
  • If money is tight and you have to cut private lessons from your budget…
  • If your family moves often and you want some consistency in your violin learning…

…then online lessons might be a good solution.

Furthermore, online lessons with are MORE effective than many, MANY private teachers out there.

Now, if you have a chance to study privately with a TOP NOTCH teacher (and I mean the real deal, not just someone who is good at smoke and mirrors), then I would tell you “GO FOR IT!” Otherwise, I’m going to tell you give Red Desert Violin a try! You WILL learn to play well with me as your guide.

But don’t I need interaction with the teacher?

Yes! And I’ve worked hard to make sure you get it. That’s why is structured as a membership site. I found that the monthly membership keeps students committed and allows me to continue giving support and encouragement.  Some online violin lessons just take your money, give you access to the product, and then you are on your own. I will NOT just sell you the materials and say, “Good luck.”

Red Desert Violin is an interactive learning environment and you will NOT be alone! You can post questions, which I will personally answer, and you will belong to an entire community of Red Desert Violin students.

But it gets better. My FAVORITE feature of my online lessons, and the thing that I think sets us apart from others is the Practice Coach feature. The Practice Coach is a video of me going through an intense, focused practice session for each unit. You can follow along, doing what I do, and you will be practicing smart, not just hard. And once you fall into one of my traps, you will never forget that technique again! (You’ll have to sign up to find out if you’re smart enough to stay out of the traps!) This is a value you can’t even get from in-person lessons.

I think the key to success on the violin is knowing how to practice. If you are practicing correctly, you are going to be successful. You will walk away from every practice session feeling fulfilled and knowing that you accomplished something!

Why the Suzuki Method?

I teach the Suzuki philosophy, techniques, and materials for several reasons:

  • Delayed note reading allows focus on posture, tone, and intonation.
  • The Suzuki method trains your ear. By the end of this course, your ear will quickly recognize pitches, where they are on your violin, and what fingering and bowing is being used.
  • Suzuki materials are structured in a logical sequence, making progress very natural. Each step builds on the last, and reinforces skills already learned.
  • Finally, Suzuki Book I provides a fantastic foundation for ANY STYLE of violin playing you may want to learn. If you intend to learn jazz, blues, or fiddle style,  you will find that the skills you learned in Book I will flow right into these styles.

If you follow my methods and practice like I’ll teach you to practice, you will have this fantastic foundation and finish Suzuki Book 1 in about seven months.



Here is one of my current students playing “Lightly Row” after a little over a month in Fabulous Fundamentals.

I have had a couple of real life, in-person violin teachers in the past whom I’ve paid a considerable amount of money to. However, I’ve already (week one), learnt an awful lot of things which neither of them taught me (and which I’m pretty annoyed about!). I can only imagine how I’ll have been transformed in 7 months time… the neighbours should thank Lora anyway. … Lora has been very prompt answering my numerous beginner questions and the videos have been very informative (as has the ability to watch them over and over again without seeming dumb as you would with a real life tutor).

-Tim W.

I love your approach that is geared towards adults, but has a lot of the “kiddie” things that really stick in ones brain. As you can tell I’m loving it and SO thankful for the program and couldn’t be happier.

– April H.

I also went back and reviewed almost all of Unit 3 and Unit 4 videos again. That’s a good thing about these on-line videos! It’s amazing how much MORE information your videos reveal (like the string crossing issue) the second or third time around after I’ve actually had the time to experience what you are talking about…I’m a happy camper now!

– Mark R.

You are very special, as a professional teacher well as a person. (After trying three teachers, I know how important it is to be the right person before being the right teacher). You have a vision and are truly prepared to be successful on your new avenue/ adventure of online teaching, even though you are still exploring the technical part. You are insightful with solid experience yet open minded. I tried to apply your guide “EFERD” (Efficient, Effective, Focused, Result-Driven- sorry, I changed the order to make the abbreviations sound like the word “effort”)a couple of days ago on my son’s home practice, and it worked almost immediately. You confirmed lots of my thoughts. I wish I could see you in person.

– Sunny H.

People all over the world have written to tell me how much they have learned from my online videos! They will help you this much and more when you are a member.

I’ve Heard Enough! How Much?

Video-based lessons in logical sequence from novice through Suzuki Book 1
Practice tips and assignments to keep you on track 
Red Desert Violin’s unique Practice Coach feature
Free interaction with me and other students through the comments section
Free downloadable piano accompaniments (MP3) of all the songs in Suzuki Book 1
Tons of helpful resources, such as a Q & A archive to answer questions frequently asked

Are you ready to make real progress on your violin? I’ll help you get started!

You will develop confidence because you will know you are doing things correctly

You will develop self-sufficiency, 

and you will know when you are playing in tune or out of tune

You will know how to consistently produce great sound and tone!

Regardless of how or where you apply the skills you learn at Red Desert Violin, 

you will FOREVER know how to practice to get the results you want!

ALL for $47 USD per month! 

Your credit card will be billed once for $47 when you sign up, then every 30 days after that for 6 months. Cancel any time. 


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Video-based lessons in logical sequence from novice through Suzuki Book 1.

Practice tips and assignments to keep you on track

Red Desert Violin’s Unique Practice Coach feature

Free interaction with me and other students through the comments section

Free downloadable piano accompaniments (MP3) of all the songs in Suzuki Book 1

Tons of helpful resources such as Q&A archive to answer questions frequently asked 


  1. Hi Lora, I found you on you tube and very impressed by your teaching stlye. I am a 61 year old male and I live in Wales, UK. I have been a musician (trumpet Player) most of my life so reading music is not a problem. I have been teaching myself violin for the last 5 years and I love the sound of the instrument, but think it is about time now to learn properly, brfore I start to pick up bad habbits. Do you still teach and is it ok that I live in the UK. I know that I can accesss your course content online but could you tell me which books I also need to buy.

    Kind regards,

    Stephen Chandler

  2. I am interested in fiddle lessons, I found you while searching for tabs for Back up and Push. Awesome lesson!
    Do you still offer fiddle lessons?
    Regards, Brenda Rutledge
    P.S. I also was prompted that my browser did not support flash player ?? Now I’m confused…

    • Hi Brenda,
      Yes, Lora’s fiddle lessons are still going strong. Check it out here. Regaring the Flash player prompt, it’s typically an Internet Explorer issue. You will have better luck with Chrome or Firefox.

  3. Thanks for sharing , Tinker’s Reel

    • It’s a cool tune, isn’t it? I have tried to reach Melinda Pankl, the composer, but she has moved recently. Apparently, she writes zillions of tunes, all of them are as nice as Tinker’s.

  4. Hi Lora!
    I’M IN, but before I pay for the 1st month of lessons, should I order Suzuki Book 1 or shall we get started right away? I don’t imagine it’ll take TOO for the book to arrive if I order right away. Your call. I’m Steven, 54, adult student with a Yamaha Silent Violin…it can also be hooked-up to speakers. I’m a classically trained professional pianist living & working in Chiba, Japan. My Wife is Japanese and we have 2 adorable daughters. Our girls both have plenty of music in them. They can plunk out any tune they want on the piano then I show them some chords for left hand accompaniment. Our youngest, almost 7, is determined to buy a violin with her allowance, so I want to be supportive and make sure that we have fun with this adventure!

    • Hi Steven!
      Technically, you do not need to buy the music at all, but I STRONGLY encourage people to buy a copy of Suzuki Book 1 just as a reference, and because it’s good to have in your music library.
      Get started with the lessons right away, and then yes, order the book.
      I have several students in Japan!
      How adorable that your daughter is saving up for a violin! She already loves the instrument!
      Let me know if I can do anything to help your musical progress! –L

  5. I am an adult learner that has tried lessons with local college students. I have made it through Book 1 of All for Strings but haven’t touched the violin all summer. I am interested in online classes where would I begin with this course? Do we buy the book or is it part of the course?

    • Hi Stephenie!
      I would recommend that you start in Suzuki Book 1, which is “Fabulous Fundamentals for Violin”.
      You will already know some violin related stuff, but I GUARANTEE that you will learn things in every video that no one ever taught you.

      Yes, you would need to buy the Suzuki Violin Book 1. They are easy to get through Amazon or other online merchants, but Amazon seems to consistently have the best prices.

      I look forward to seeing you in “Studio Rouge”!

      • Same here, I have learnt some violin in Childhood and forgotten. And I have pickup my violin recently and completed the book 1.

        I am wondering whether I have to retake the book 1 lesson, or just go to book 2 direct.

        If subscribing book 1, I need to spend 7 months more to learn the basic again from holding a bow. Please tell me it worth the time and price.

        Or is there any condensed course I can subscribe?

        • Hi Angus
          You are in the right place! Suzuki Book 1 will teach you EVERYTHING from the names of the parts on the violin, how to maintain your instrument, how to rosin, how to stand, how to play by ear, EVERYTHING.
          I would highly recommend based on your history that you start in Suzuki Book 1. I guarantee that you will be blown away by all the little things you were never taught. You will be busy!
          YES, it is worth the time and the money for this review. Like I said, you will not be bored. (and I guarantee that with a money back guarantee)
          Hope to see you in the studio soon!

          • Hi Lora,

            Actually I have subscribed yesterday before your kind reply.

            After skimming through a few lessons, and I was so surprised by the depth you dive into and the basic things i have never learnt from my previous teacher.

            This break a lot of my myth on violin playing, and most importantly, you emphasized a lot on “ear training”, which is missed out in my learning. I afraid that I actually making sound from the violin, but not performing music with soul.

            I have already watched a lot of your free videos in youtube and also skimming through the first paid lesson, my believe is that I have make the right move and I can learn better from you instead of the local teacher here.

            Wish to interact more with you soon.

            A big thank you to you from Hong Kong.


  6. I am trying to learn a bossa nova in Bb and wonder what position would be the best.

    • Hi Loretta
      Hmmmm….well, for a beginner, I would say do it in 1st position. It really depends on what you are trying to do. Do you have sheet music? Or a recording?
      1st position should work fine.
      But, often the key of Bb works really nicely in 2nd position, but I consider 2nd position more advanced unless you are really good at playing by ear and can move fluidly from one position to the next without getting screwed up.

  7. Hi Lora,
    I have encountered a dilemma. My fine tuner is screwed all the way down and I’m completely confused on what to do. I know in the video you say to turn the peg up whiteout loosening the peg to be able to loosen the fine tuner. However wouldn’t that snap the string with tension on both sides? Should I loosen the peg then tune it slightly flat to be able use the fine tuner? Or should I loosen the fine tuner so I can loosen the peg and tune it flat? I’m so sorry for all these question. I hope you understand what I’m trying to convey. Thanks!

    • Hi Tina!
      Great question!
      YES, first thing you want to do is loosen the tuner A LOT. You want to refresh the threads so that you have plenty of room to use it again.
      Then, turn your peg DOWN to break the seal, and loosen the peg.
      THEN, turn it up slowly as you play or pluck the string and get it as close as you can, preferably just little bit sharp….then use your fine tuner to “dial it in”!
      I”m glad you asked the question…..that means that you understand the problem! LOL Keep it up

  8. My 4 year old wants to learn to play violin. Is he too young? And will the suzuki method book work for him along with a teacher?

    • Hi Haley
      I have seen plenty of 4 year olds start violin lessons and do very well, but generally, there were certain circumstances which I believe greatly contributed to their success.
      Most of them had older siblings who played, or parents, and so they were not only exposed to music from day 1, they also had in-home resources and tutoring available to them.
      They all had very high level parental involvement.
      They were all very motivated 4 year olds.
      They had in person, private lessons.

      So, for your 4 year old, I would recommend the following:
      Get an in person teacher if at ALL possible. (I honestly would not recommend anything except a CERTIFIED Suzuki teacher for a student this young)
      Plan to work with your child one on one for the first 4-6 years of his training. You can gradually decrease your involvement, but it has to be at a maximum for several years.
      Consider learning violin yourself, at least up to the MInuets in Book 1. This not only gives you a fantastic hobby, but it makes you an EXCELLENT in-home coach for him. Kids also take instructions better from parents who truly understand the difficulties of playing.

      Your question about whether the Suzuki method books work for him with a teacher, I think I answered that above….it is the ONLY method I would recommend.
      Now, if you do not have access to a good certified Suzuki teacher near you, then I would recommend my online lessons. And I would recommend that you start several months before your son, so that you have a grasp on the concepts, and then you become his coach/teacher at home. A 4 year old would not be able to watch my online lessons and be able to self-instruct.

      I know it would be very hard to start violin without him…..but in a way, that would work in your favor….it would greatly build his anticipation and excitement.

      Also, if you have a good teacher at home, my lessons can work wonderfully as a supplement to go along with your private lessons. I have had many students to this, and there has never been a conflict, that is because Suzuki teachers are all so similar in their philosophy and approach, we all run in parallel lines.
      Some parents sign up for my lessons for THEMSELVES, because they don’t want to take lesson time from their child to ask questions or seek help for themselves. So that’s another option.

      I hope I answered your questions. Let me know if I left anything unanswered, and if I can help in any way.

  9. Lora, Your new website is great! Practicing every day with good progress and sounding much better. Sometimes my bow slides on the string. How can I correct this?

    • Hi Adele
      Practice looking in a mirror.
      Practice the exercise where you put your bow on the A string at the tip, and verify that it is straight. Then, close your eyes, put your bow down, then put it back up with your eyes still closed. Try to feel the muscle memory of where it was when it was straight. Open your eyes and see how you did. Correct it if it is wrong. Rinse. Repeat.

      Pay attention: does it slide on the up bow, or on the downbow? WHich direction does it slide!
      Which finger would prevent it from sliding? (which finger makes it slide on purpose, for instance)……answer: index opposing pinky, with thumb as fulcrum.

      The lessons talk about this as you go along. Keep me posted on your progress….you are asking the right questions!

  10. Scratched on the chalkboard for a number of years and thought it might be good to learn a few basics!

    • Welcome, Kermit!
      Scratching on chalkboards… that a reference to how you sound on violin…..or are you a school teacher? LOL
      Either way, you have come to the right place!

  11. I guess the 1st message got lost in cyberspace. It was that I was pleasantly surprised to find this offer on the internet, (via a regular message). I bought a violin some years ago and accomplished a few notes and one tune on my own. After some time without resuming attempts, the bow failed to function. I waxed it but still, no notes like at first. I gave up. I still have my instrument and am retired from years of working with children. I sing and write, and never stopped wishing I could learn the violin.

  12. Hi Jacquelynn
    It’s nice to hear from you! Let’s get that old bow and violin out and start making some music!
    My Suzuki Book 1 class will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know, from rosining the bow to tuning the strings, to putting tapes on the fingerboard, to ear training….and on and on. It will be a happy reunion between you and your old fiddle! Hope to see you in the studio soon! Let me know if you need help signing up. Nice to meet you!


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