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 1!


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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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Works for anyone with an internet connection.

Works 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 supplemental materials 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 there’s no risk because you can cancel anytime!


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. 

Watch the video above where I 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 for the first year, 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 first month’s worth of lessons (four units). About four weeks later, four more units will be visible to you, and so on until you finish the seven month course.

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 four 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 1 in about seven months. If you don’t finish in that time, it’s OK! You’ll have access to the videos for two full years. If you need even longer than that, no worries! You can purchase extended access for as long as you want.

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. You will also have a personal practice assistant (me!) in the form of the “Practice Coach” videos, which help you learn to practice efficiently.

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 play-along videos. For example, you will have videos of me playing every piece in Suzuki Book 1 in slow, medium, and fast speeds. 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 when performed with a pianist. 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 through your first year of study.  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.” Ask as many questions as you need to! You have access to me for an entire year!

Red Desert Violin is an interactive learning environment and you will NOT be alone! You can post questions, which I will personally answer through your first year, 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!

What is 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 am loving your lessons, Lora. I wish I had found your website seven years ago when I started this journey of learning violin. I am getting so much more out of your online lessons than I did with my face-to-face teacher. Your lessons are so detailed, and you present things in a way that I have to remind myself that it’s a video and not real life.

– Donna P.
Greenville, TX

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 and 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, and these lessons 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 more months (7 total payments). Cancel any time.


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

Practice tips, assignments, and unit summaries to keep you on track

Access to the videos for two full years

Unlimited access to your instructor and tech support for one full year

Red Desert Violin’s unique Practice Coach feature

Free unlimited interaction with other students through the comments section and forums

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

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  1. Daniel

    Hi Mam!
    My name is Daniel from pakistan, i am desirous of playing violin. Sound of this unique instrument is very soulful and soothing. I am 24 years old and i am not sure if i can learne violin in this age or not.
    Further in country like pakistan there is no teacher available in my area, so i bought cheap violin and started to learne from youtube. I dont know what i am doing or if i am doing it in right way or no. I am unable to find proper trail for violin learning. Its been a year and i cannot even hold bow properly. I am little disappointed for my progress. But after subscribing to your chanell, i came to know about suzuki violin method and it seems most appropriate method to me. I want to complete this whole course with your help. Please guide me if this approach is good for me or suggest me some thing helpful.
    Thank you

    • Lora

      Hi Daniel,
      The internet is an amazing resource to learn new things…..but for violin…it really helps if you have all the skills placed in a sequential order….from beginner to advanced. That is what my lessons do so well. I think I can really help you! Visit this link, and see if you can sign up for my violin lessons.
      If you have any problems due to foreign currency issues, just email me, and we can see if it is possible to work around it.
      Hope to see you in my violin studio soon! –Lora

  2. Cara

    Hi there! I am a beginner musician! Do i need to know how to read music to take your Suzuki book 1 course?

    • Lora

      Hi Cara,
      Sorry for my delayed reply. (my notifications weren’t coming to my inbox)
      It is totally UNNECESSARY for you to know how to read music to take my Suzuki Book 1 course. I teach every tune note by note, plus I work on ear training with you so that you can eventually learn how to play ANY tune by ear!
      I hope to see you in the studio soon.
      Please let me know if you have any other questions. (My notifications are fixed now)

  3. Migdalia Perez

    Migdalia Pérez
    Hola Lora:
    tengo 50 años soy de Puerto Rico, recién compre un violín económico. Tome 3 clases de como poner en posición el violín y cuerdas al aire, pero como tengo condiciones medicas,se me cansa la mano izquierda. Esto no me desanima quisiera aprender lo básico. Se que tomara mucho tiempo pero seria mi terapia. Me encanta los vídeos en Youtube le pongo subtitulo pero se entiende. Usted cree que aun así podría aprender?

    • Lora

      Hola Migdalia, el violín es muy terapéutico. Simplemente vaya despacio y respete las limitaciones de su afección médica. SÍ, creo que puedes aprender el violín en línea. YouTube es difícil, porque todo está mezclado y no se presenta en una secuencia lógica de aprendizaje gradual. ¡Pero lo maravilloso de YouTube es su “subtítulo” y traducción! Las lecciones en línea de Red Desert Violin son excelentes, pero no tengo subtítulos. 🙁 Así que no estoy seguro de qué tan bien podría aprender de mis videos. Por favor, hágame saber si tiene otras preguntas.

  4. Althea Molette

    Dear Lora, I am 51 years old and have been intrigued with violin since I was 10 years old. However, my parents couldn’t afford to buy me a violin, so I never got the chance to learn until now… As, I finally got my violin a few months ago and have been burdened with the task of trying to tune the darned thing ever since.

    I have managed to get the D & E strings close but the G & A strings still eludes me. I have watched your tuning tips videos and loads of them on YouTube, but still to no avail. I also put a couple of tuning apps on my phone just to give me a base to go by, even that is proving to be difficult. I even took it to the high school band instructor, but he really didn’t know what he was doing. I would take it to a violin shop, but the nearest one to me is 100 miles away.

    My violin is a Mendini. It has traditional tuning pegs with fine tuning knobs for each string. I would like to get the geared tuning knobs, but that will have to wait for a while. I also suspect that there may be something wrong with the bow. I have watched your videos on the bow as well; rosining it, the pencil trick, the sweet spot on the strings and the various ways to hold the bow. However, when I run the bow across the strings, for several inches from the frog end of the bow it sounds squeaky and scratchy. Then toward the middle to the other end of the bow it sounds smooth.

    I don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t get it tunned. I can tune a guitar with no problem. I didn’t think that tuning a violin was going to be this difficult. It’s not like tuning a guitar at all. I am becoming a bit frustrated over it. Is there something I am missing? Is it just my novice or is the really something wrong with my violin and bow? However, I suspect it’s my novice. The one thing I do know is, I can’t learn to play until it’s tunned and I’m determined that it will be tunned. Is there anything else you can recommend?

    • Lora

      Hi Althea,
      Here’s some info I send to people with your problem:
      Using a tuner is helpful, but you have to know HOW to use the tuner. Every digital tuner (or app) comes with a “calibration” function. You MUST calibrate the gadget to “440”. This is the universal tuning pitch of “A-440”. Make sure your violin is in good condition, bridge is properly in place, straight up, feet by the notches in the f-holds, and not leaning forward. Start with your A string. If the violin is extremely out of tune, you have to use your pegs. Violin pegs are held in place by friction, so you have to push in as you turn, which wedges them into place. If the pegs are not holding their position, you have to push in harder, or, you might need to apply peg compound, which can be purchased online. GET THE SOLID, not the liquid. The liquid is easier to apply, but it doesn’t do as good a job. If you are afraid to take your pegs out all the way, then you may HAVE to use liquid. (it’s ok, it’s just not as good). To get your A string in tune, sometimes you have to use your EAR to get in the right neighborhood, or your tuner won’t even know what note you are attempting to tune. So you have to play an “A” by using a pitch generator, a phone app, or a piano keyboard. Play the A-440, and use your ear to get as close as you can to that pitch. THEN the tuner can help you to dial it in. You might have to do the same thing with each string…..use your ear to get in the right zip code….the tuner will get you to the right address. I have found that the calibration issue is the MOST COMMON problem when beginners are finding it impossible to get their violin tuned. The next most common problem is pegs that need the peg compound. The third most common problem is a bridge that had fallen out, and was put in place wrong. The G string will be the highest side of the bridge, E string always sits lower. Often this gets reversed when the bridge is put back in by a beginner.

      Why won’t my strings stay in tune? If a violin gets colder, or drier, it contracts, and the strings go sharper, tighter.
      If a violin gets warmer or more humid, it tends to go flat.

      Check your bridge though, make sure it is straight up and not bending forward.

      So, Althea, your problem is probably related to some of these simple, but little-known issues. If you suspect your bridge is in wrong, I’m SURE you can find some tips on youtube to help get it back in place.

      LET ME KNOW if you get it in place or if you need more help. I don’t like knowing that you got your violin and have been STUCK trying to tune it. Once you figure out this hurdle, you will be free to learn! I will help if I can.

    • Lora

      Regarding the crunch on your bow:
      This is most likely operator error.
      That is the reason that my students spend their first 6-9 months playing ONLY in the upper half of the bow.
      It is a better sound in the upper half, and it is TOTALLY DIFFERENT GEOMETRY in the upper half as it is in the lower half.
      It’s important to master one, and then you can more easily approach the lower half of the bow with greater knowledge and a skill base.
      Consider taking my Suzuki Book 1 class! It goes into ALL THIS STUFF. It teaches you how to tune, how to apply rosin, and you can ask me unlimited questions about your personal violin issues.
      Hope this helps!

  5. Paula

    Hi Lora, I’m an adult amateur violin player, started some 14 years ago at the age of 47 as an absolute beginner – could not read one note, had never played any instrument, but was (and still are) very inspired by music. I play 2nd violin in our local symphony orchestra, in a string quartet and in a string sextet (Brahms). I know my basis is not very solid and therefore I wonder whether it would make sense to start with the Suzuki method. I am really motivated to invest in basics, as part of my daily practice routine. Example: I cannot play simple songs by ear / by heart whereas my husband can play any tune he knows on the piano without any sheet music. I do have lessons but not very frequently neither regularly.
    In view of the above, what do you recommend? Thanks in advance for your response!
    Paula (61) from the Netherlands

    • Lora

      Hi Paula! Nice to meet you all the way from the Netherlands!
      I am incredibly inspired by your commitment and determination! I think everyone who is reading this tips their hat to you!
      Wow….Brahms, orchestra, and quartet! You are amazing!
      Ok, so my advice to you would be the following:
      If you can get CONSISTENT private lessons in person, and if the teacher is really good, that would be best.
      If that is not possible, then YES, I would totally recommend my online lessons. Although the REPERTOIRE in Book 1 is very simple, the concepts you will learn are applicable to the Brahms Violin Concerto just as well as they are to “Lightly Row”.
      Please also check your email for additional information that I am going to send you.
      Hope to see you in the studio soon!
      If you sign up before May 31, you get some fun fiddle tunes as a bonus!

  6. SY

    Hi Lora. I was wondering if your online lessons allow videos of your students playing the violin to be sent to you. Is this possible? I’m concerned about wrong techniques or bad habits which are reinforced due to lack of a teacher to point out mistakes. Kind regards, SY.

  7. grace

    Hi Lora, I learned a lot from this. I am 10 and have lessons and am advanced in my school but I am thinking of taking these classes

    • Lora

      Hi Grace!
      I’m very happy to know you have lessons. I hope your teacher is wonderful!
      I have MANY students who have a private teacher AND they also have my online lessons. They find that my lessons “fill in the gaps” where private lessons run out of time and have limitations, students can spend as much time as they need on my online class, they can play it over 50 times if they need to.

      I hope to see you in my online class soon! Keep up the great work in school!!!

      Talk to you later

  8. jafar

    I am from Iran and i don,t know how to pay. Can you help me?

    • Lora

      Hi Jafar,
      This is a very difficult situation.
      From what I have read, dated last year, US companies are not allowed to do business in or with Iran citizens.
      I know they lifted some sanctions, but mainly for the Government to be able to do business in Iran, but not US citizens.
      I would love to be able to help, but I am afraid of repercussions if I do.
      Let’s work toward peace between our two countries!

  9. Brendan

    Hi from chilly Massachusetts!

    I’m an adult learner interested in old time and Irish fiddling. I wonder if your fiddle course also teaches all the beginner stuff, from scales and exercises to proper bow hold and the rest. (I’ve seen some of your bowing tutorials on YouTube.) Or do I need to take your Suzuki course to get the fundamentals? Thanks so much!


    • Lora

      Hi Brendan
      By 2018, my answer will be different, because I plan to create a fiddle course for TOTAL beginners.
      But, currently, my fiddle class is more of an early intermediate class… assumes certain proficiencies: ear training, bow hold, violin hold, bow control, tone production, intonation. These are ALL skills taught in my classic course, “Suzuki Violin Book 1”, which in my website goes by the name of “Fabulous Fundamentals for Violin”. It teaches you SO MANY great things, I highly encourage you to take that class, as it will prepare you very well to tackle ANY fiddle style.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.
      You can see information about my Suzuki Book 1 class here

  10. Teresa

    Will you have lessons for all of the Suzuki Books?

    • Lora

      I’m planning book 4 very soon.
      And I can’t do Book 4 without following up with Book 5….because that has Violin 1 of the Bach Double!
      Beyond Book 5, I do not have plans. It depends on the level of interest in the books. I would LOVE to do all 10 books…but each book takes me about 1 year to complete… I want to make sure there is a big enough demand for the books to justify the time spent.

  11. Sophie

    . I don’t really know how to play may song

    • Lora

      Sophie, do you have a teacher?
      If you were to sign up for my Suzuki Book 1 class, I guarantee you will learn to play May Song VERY well, and much much more!

  12. Lora

    Thanks, Timothy. We got it to look a little bit better.

  13. Mike Armstrong

    Hi Lora: I would like to purchase your backing track of orange blossom special, to play fiddle along to. I believe you have it also in 3 different speeds

    I can pay on pay pal
    Mike Armstrong