I'm sure this topic has been discussed before, but I couldn't find a thread asking my specific question. I don't know of any violin teachers in my area, and even so, I'm not in the position to take them at the moment. Both these will change in the future I think, but for the moment, I'm curious if anyone has any recommended online tutors or schools? I'm not a total beginner, as I've learned fiddle for years, but violin is a completely new territory. I'm just looking for something that can start me and give me a decent foundation until real life lessons are a practical idea.
How about Michael Sanchez:
There are a number of places. Are you interested in recorded courses or something more like in person Skype lessons?
If you want someone watching you playing and correcting your technique and postures, etc. like video conferencing, then maybe Michael Sanchez (as Paul suggests) and Beth Blackerby from violinlab could offer these services?
Riding on this topic, has anyone experience on online personal skype (or similar) classes? How did they work for you?
A combination of general instructional and personal videos would be great I think. I can use more than one tutor if it would be beneficial. Thanks for all recommendations so far. :)
There are resources on violinlounge.com with a link to a violin lounge academy. The violinlounge.com has some quick tip tutorials that aren't structured for learning, but the paid violin lounge academy has a structured video lesson curriculum and you can do video exchanges and Skype lessons with the owner Zlata Brouwer. The guy at violinmasterclass is Kurt Sassmannhous. He has a site called violinmasterclass.com, which could be down. There's paid videos and skype lessons at proamstrings.com and free video lessons on fiddlerman.com.
Will, regarding the online piano and violin tutor: she is controversial. The vibrato technique that she teaches is... highly uncommon. And indeed, her videos are long, but with a rather low information density. She talks and talks without getting to the point.
@Han N. Actually I don't like her videos and I personally find them a bit boring. Her videos are quite long, in which she tends to repeat the same point over and over again. In other words, like you said, they are of low information density.
Will, I think what happens is a kind of snowball effect whereby when you see two videos, you're more likely to click on the one that already has more "views." I personally don't lend any credibility to that, especially in an age when thousands of "views" can be purchased outright. (I'm not alleging that any specific person did that, of course.)
keep in mind that the popular above named channel is around since many many years and was probably the only channel like this for a long time. Also grabbing a Beginner Piano Audience will drive much more traffic than just on the topic of violin.
I recently happened on a site called Udemy. The lessons are very reasonably priced.
The online violin and piano tutor may have some useful tutorials too on YouTube those are free. I'd say if you have a high quality camera Webcam lessons may work. Often teachers point out things to you that will never occur to you when doing it without help. In the beginning of my violin journey my teacher kept telling me if my left thumb was sticking out pointing straight at the ceiling above the fingerboard. I never would've noticed this without guidance. So definitely get some guidance from a pro whether off or online. even if it's just once a month
@Simon Yes I forgot about violinlab (Beth Blackerby) as a great source of online tutorials as well. Sorry :-) Her videos are long and detailed, but with great information density in them.
Thank you Will! You gave me there a good list to consider for my channel as well. ;)
I believe there is variation in the way one holds a violin because of physique, and a teacher must point these things out to you.
I found Joy Lee a while back and really like her videos, she will also do videos by request!
a +1 for ProfessorV channel. The videos are very focused on one single issue and this way it clears things when you are confused about something. The channel is full of videos but the structure of the classes can be followed here: http://www.toddehle.com/id69.html
Adult learner here. My favorite YouTube channels for violin technique info:
I believe you can buy video lessons by Nathan Cole, just find his website and the company that runs that for him is linked there. You can't do much better than lessons from someone of his caliber. The service also includes him reviewing videos of your playing and providing comments and suggestions.
Is Nathan still accepting new subscribers? I cannot choose him as instructor on ArtistWorks.
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