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As you might know, has been around for a few years now. In that time, I’ve created a LOT of content designed to help beginning and intermediate violin learners make real progress.

Blog posts, articles, videos and audio, printable documents and more…it’s all here in the Red Desert Violin universe.

That is…IF you can find it. ­čÖé There’s so much content, in fact, that one of the main challenges readers face now is knowing where to start.

This membership is designed to solve that problem. It will give you a front-row seat to the best free content and resources I have created since we launched back in 2010.

Simply sign up for the free membership by clicking the button below, and then check your email to confirm your subscription. Every 10 days or so, you’ll get a message that leads you to resources on a particular topic, such as practice tips, tone, technique and troubleshooting, and so on. Follow the links in the messages, and they will systematically walk you through the hundreds of posts, pages, and videos that are available to you for free.

With your free membership to My Red Desert Violin, you get the insiders-only view:

  • Regular email messages that guide you through my best content
  • Free practice tips
  • Advance notice on limited offers
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Got Questions?

  • If I’m already a member of one of the paid courses, should I still sign up for this free membership? Probably. You are already a member of, so you already have access to the members portal. HOWEVER, you won’t receive the email messages that walk you through free content unless you sign up. Current members of a paid course should click here to sign up instead of the button below.
  • I’m already signed up for your Practice Tips Newsletter. Do I still need to sign up for this free membership? I recommend that you do. There might be some overlap between the two, but this one will guide you through all of the best free content on the blog and YouTube channel PLUS give practice tips. The Practice Tips Newsletter is just for practice tips.


  1. Sukhita

    Hi Laura I have just subscribed to your service, and am looking forward to receiving your interesting content. I have watched your videos on u tube, and find your content excellent. Could you confirm that you have received my subscription. I have also emailed you about your courses. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Lora

      Hi Sukhita!
      I got your email, and I will reply to your email.
      I cannot confirm that I got your “subscription”…I show no subscriptions from you. Did you confirm it by clicking a confirmation link?

      Let me know if you have trouble, and I will see what I can do to help.
      What did you subscribe to? My Newsletter? My free membership?

  2. Audrey

    Hi Lora,

    Could you please do a video on how to slur. I fine it difficult to do especially with 3 or more notes

    • Lora

      Thank you for this suggestion. I was just wishing for a good idea for a video to feed to my YouTube channel.
      It will take me about a week to get it up. (I wish I could say I’d post here when it’s done…but I’m only human….I can’t guarantee it.
      You will find the video on my youtube channel in about a week… “Red Desert Violin”….hopefully this is the link.
      Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Luis González Willems

    Interest in learning more of violin.

    • Lora

      Hi Luis,
      You are off to a great start by researching the internet for resources.
      I’m glad you signed up for my free membership. You will get great tips from that.
      If you really want to take your violin learning seriously, you need to get instruction. I always tell people to try to find a good in-person teacher if possible…..but if you don’t have access to a GOOD in person teacher, my lessons are the next best thing…..because my instruction is superb….it’s just not “in person”, and it is for a “Do It Yourselfer” type learning.

      My students who do their work and follow my instructions are WILDLY successful!

      Enjoy the membership, and let me know if I can do anything to help you on your journey! —L

  4. raeya

    Is it hard for a kid to learn fiddle for a church band

    • Lora

      Not at all, Raeya! You could be playing simple fiddle tunes after about 6-8 months of really hard work. So if you started NOW, you could be playing some really fun tunes by Thanksgiving/Christmas time!

      You might be able to do it on your own, but to be honest, if you want to reach that goal, I think you need to sign up for the Suzuki Book 1 class. I guarantee that will teach you the skills you need to fiddle in a church band. Hope to see you in class soon! —Lora

  5. Sven Klink

    As you know the course is in english and I am afraid that I will miss too many important points because my english is not 100 % maybe not even 50. – This is why I am hisitating joining the couse. Because what I have seen on the net is impressing…

    • Lora

      Hi Sven
      I speak slowly and clearly in the videos, and I am very expressive with my hands…..but I cannot guarantee that you will understand everything.
      I have had MANY people for whom English is their 2nd language…..and they have all been able to understand.

      This is my suggestion:
      Sign up for the class and watch several videos.
      If it is too hard to understand, you can easily CANCEL and get a 100% refund. I guarantee my lessons.
      That is the only way to know for sure whether the lessons will work for you.

      Let me know if I can answer any other questions! Hope to see you “on the inside”!

  6. Chris

    Hi… I purchased your video lesson “Devil went down to Georgia” a few months ago to learn to play and fulfill one of my bucket list items. I always thought it would be so hard to learn, but you made it very easy and can now play it fluidly and ready to add that to my performance list. I can now scratch that off my list at 50 years old! THANK YOU! I would also like to learn “Lee highway blues”. Do you have a video lesson on that? Chris

    • Lora

      Hi Chris
      WOW! HOW COOL that you can now play Devil! If you lived near me, I’d let you sit in with my band as we play it in the downtown venues!

      Lee HIghway Blues would be a VERY fun tune to do. I do not have a tutorial on that….but I will put it on my “short list” of tutorials to do. I personally would love to do that one.
      Stay in touch, and you’ll see when I announce that it is ready!

  7. Bruce Schwartz

    I have been using the speed/dexterity exercises you showed on a Youtube video a few months ago and they are fantastic. You mentioned that you had some string crossing exercises and would teach them at some time but I’m wondering if I can pay you for those at this point? I’m an accomplished fiddler so I guess I’m not looking for classes per se but would like to know the exercises you mentioned and would be very willing to pay for them. I like your teaching style.

    Thanks very much,


    • Lora

      Hi Bruce
      Sorry for the dastardly delay in replying! Ack!
      I would happily give you the string crossing exercises for free, but I don’t think I ever wrote them down as promised. But, I did release some videos out of my fiddle class, and put them on YouTube because I was so proud of them. I think they will give you exactly what you are looking for.
      Here is a link:
      That is part one, and you will easily find part 2 once you are in. I know these will help you immensely!

  8. raju

    To learn violin……
    most of all…… u r teching s so good
    i trusted u a lot…..
    so pls help me mam…. (guru-g) thnk u…
    Raju frm india

  9. Faye