Free violin practice tips and resources
Practice. You know you have to do it. But you’re a busy person with limited time and space. That’s why it is so important to learn to really make your practice time count.
You see, practicing the violin is kind of like running on the beach. It’s beautiful and the payoffs are awesome, but if you run on the loose sand, you spend twice the effort to cover half the distance.
The resources you see here are all about helping you avoid the loose sand. These documents, articles, and videos will show you how to bring efficiency and focus to your practice time so that you make maximum progress for the effort you put in.
Enjoy! (And make sure to scroll down to see all the great content.)
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Blog posts and articles
Scales as our secret antidote to poor intonation. Although Lora provides some good ideas on how to practice scales, it is liberating to know that the most important thing is to just do it! Practice your scales in any way you can. You will discover your inner Jedi!
Try these 10 tips to help boost your confidence in musical situations.
We all have good days and bad days on the violin. When you pay attention to the factors that affect your practice time, you can learn to stack the odds in your favor.
These exercises will help keep your violin bow straight.
Violin intonation (playing in tune) does not have to be hard. Learn about what I call “ringy notes” and it could revolutionize your intonation.
Violin students crossing over to fiddle need to know these practice priorities for fiddle. They are different from practice priorities for classical violin.
Two main things separate truly professional musicians from dabblers: the way they listen and the way they practice. And guess what? The two are inseparable. Obviously, dabblers practice and they listen, but when you closely observe a professional practicing and...
We all know violin practice is important, but we aren’t born knowing how to practice effectively. Here are the tips that I have taught hundreds of students.
The Sautille bow stroke can be difficult. Did you know there are three layers to it, and once you master them, it’s just a matter of practice? Learn what they are.
Whether you are working with an in-person teacher to learn vibrato, or are trying to learn violin vibrato online, watch out for this common problem.
Repertoire review is critical for anyone learning to play the violin. Learn why and how you can make it fun for yourself or your youngster.
You can stop making the same mistake in your violin practice through smart, targeted repetition. This post shows you how.
Learn some tricks to stop your bow from bouncing on the down bows in your violin practice.
Want to play cleaner, faster, and with greater dexterity? Download these exercises and watch the video to learn how to build these skills.
Make good use of time on the road to sharpen some violin skills.
Yes, you can play the violin with large fingers. Here are some tips.