staccato

How to Play Staccato | Online Violin Lessons

How to Play Staccato | Online Violin Lessons     One of the fun things about playing the violin is you can make many different types of sounds using only your bow. Staccato and legato are two of the bow strokes that beginners first learn to execute. Read on to learn more about how to…

violin harmonics

All About Violin Harmonics | Online Violin Lessons

All About Violin Harmonics | Online Violin Lessons     Harmonics can seem confusing and complicated at first, but they are actually some of the easiest notes to play on the violin. And while it can be difficult to understand the science behind how they actually work, you don’t need to know anything about auditory…

violin instrument care

Instrument Care | Online Violin Lessons

Instrument Care | Online Violin Lessons     Stringed instruments require special care in order to keep up the health of the instrument. Follow these important guidelines in order to keep your violin in excellent playing condition.   Store Your Instrument in Proper Conditions Because violins are made from wood, they require proper temperature and…

roar viola

“Roar” by Katy Perry | Viola Sheet Music

“Roar” by Katy Perry | Viola Sheet Music     One of my favorite things to do as a musician is to transcribe popular music for viola. I like to create simplified arrangements so that even my beginner students can learn to play these fun pieces. Today, I’m excited to share my printable viola sheet…

violin practice tips

Violin Practice Tips | Online Violin Lessons

Violin Practice Tips | Online Violin Lessons     Learning how to play the violin may seem simple at first. In reality, it takes a lot of dedication to master the instrument and develop a beautiful tone. Today I’m sharing my top practice tips to help make your violin practice more efficient and effective. These…

common violin bow holds

Common Violin Bow Holds | Online Violin Lessons

Common Violin Bow Holds | Online Violin Lessons     How you choose to hold your violin bow can make all the difference in how your playing sounds. Different bow holds can produce different results, and it’s important to be intentional about how you hold the bow if you want to be intentional with the…

danny boy

Danny Boy | Violin Sheet Music

Danny Boy | Violin Sheet Music     To honor St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I’m sharing my arrangement of the traditional Irish tune “Danny Boy”. Frederick Weatherly penned the lyrics to the song in 1910 and it was set to the traditional Irish tune “Londonderry Air” in 1913. It has been a beloved tune…

types of violin bows

3 Types of Violin Bows | Online Violin Lessons

3 Types of Violin Bows | Online Violin Lessons     When it comes to violin bows, there are pricing options for every level. Bows can differ in quality depending on the type of material they are made with. Here are three types of violin bows you can find on the market and the pros…

travel tips

How to Travel With Your Violin | Online Violin Teacher

How to Travel With Your Violin | Online Violin Teacher     Traveling with an instrument can be stressful, but being prepared can help you travel with peace of mind.  If you are traveling over Presidents’ Day weekend and want to bring your violin with you, it’s important to plan ahead in order to keep…

l-o-v-e

L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole | Violin Sheet Music

L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole | Violin Sheet Music     With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m sharing my arrangement of the beloved song “L-O-V-E”. Originally performed by Nat King Cole, this arrangement is arranged for violin with a simple piano accompaniment.   This arrangement is suitable for violin students in Suzuki Book…

technique tracker viola

Technique Tracker | Viola Practice Motivation

Technique Tracker | Viola Practice Motivation     I have always been a gentle and encouraging teacher with high expectations. I recently started incorporating more specific goals (disguised as games and sticker charts) to encourage my students to improve their playing. I have started using this technique tracker that I created to reinforce good techniques…

Finger Patterns

Violin Finger Patterns | Online Violin Lessons

Violin Finger Patterns | Online Violin Lessons     Finger patterns refer to the spatial patterns between the left hand fingers. Violinists use different finger patterns to produce different scales and perform pieces using those scales.  There are 8 finger patterns, and each scale uses unique finger patterns to create the half and whole step…