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Finally! Online violin lessons for beginners that take you systematically from novice through Suzuki Book I!
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?
I know how you feel!
That's why I developed my Fabulous Fundamentals online violin lessons.
Work for anyone with an Internet connection
Work on your schedule
Are more affordable than most in-person instruction
Hi. I'm Lora from RedDesertViolin.com. 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
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!
Let me tell you a little about what's in store:
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
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.
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 Violin 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
People who move often and want some consistency
People who can't afford in-person lessons
the video below 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 violin 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.
Video-based lessons from RedDesertViolin.com:
Are affordable. 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.
Help you make real progress, fast!
You don't have to spin your wheels like I did for years, struggling on
your own with inefffective practice time. My online lessons include a Practice Coach to help you practice smart so that every practice minute counts.
Include tons of free resources and teacher 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. The video below 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.
You Have Questions
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
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...
lessons might be a good solution.
Furthermore, online lessons with RedDesertViolin.com 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
RedDesertViolin.com 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
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.
What my students are saying about Fabulous Fundamentals:
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).
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.
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!
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.
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?
With online lessons from Red Desert Violin, you get:
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
All for US$47 per month!
Your credit card will be billed once for $47 when you sign up, then
every 30 days after that for six more months. Cancel anytime.
our money-back guarantee, you can start to learn violin risk free!
If you give it a try and find that it's not working for you for whatever reason, you can cancel any time you wish, and you will not be billed again. If you would like to request a refund, you must request it within the first 60 days of your enrollment.
Free Bonus If You Act Now
have worked hard to make this price an excellent value for you, but I
wanted to offer a little extra to those who sign up early. If you buy
now, your $47 per month will also get you:
Free photo or video analysis any time you need extra help.
At any time during your lessons, if you want me to check up on you
personally, you can send me photos or a video and I will give you
detailed help with your posture, bowing, fingering, or other concerns.
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!
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!