Violin intonation (playing in tune) does not have to be hard. Learn about what I call “ringy notes” and it could revolutionize your intonation.

Way back in my high school days, someone tried to explain to me that intonation can be improved by paying attention to sympathetic vibrations, and they handed me a complicated graph showing overtones and mathematical relations between notes.

Ummmm…yeah. That went in my file cabinet of horrors.

Later, upon receiving Suzuki Teacher training, this same concept came up, but it was SO SIMPLE that I embraced it immediately. Tonalizations is what Suzuki called it. Ringy notes is another name for it. Sympathetic vibrations is the scary name for it. Whatever you call it, I created a video to explain it to you. I hope it’s a helpful tool for you as you work on violin intonation.

The video explains how to find, listen, and hear the ringy notes on the violin, which can be very tricky. But here is some advice: If it doesn’t blow your mind, then you are not on the ringiest note. It really is striking when you learn to hear this phenomenon.

The video then teaches the Suzuki exercise called “Tonalizations” and my preferred way for students to practice it. But beware: Once you hear it, you can’t unhear it. Your ears will be awakened to every note you play out of tune, compelling you to fix it! Enter if you are ready for that responsibility. 🙂