This do it yourself centerpiece is brought to you by A-Bnc parties and more. This starts of by making the bow, shown by painting a dowel and letting it dry. Then glue the 'frogs' at the ends of the dowel and glue fishing line to both frogs and trim to fit. Next take a polystyr ...more
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Ok, so you've memorized the list of valid 2-letter words, but when challenged after playing one, can you smugly demonstrate your dominating intellect by spouting out the proper definition? If you're anything like me, chances are you'll find yourself babbling something defensi ...more
Teppei Okada performs a live violin soundtrack to a real time game of Super Mario Bros. Gee whiz, that's some true fan dedication (and perhaps a waste of prodigious talent... you tell me). And that's not all he's got in his video game-meets-classical arsenal. Check it out. Pr ...more
No matter what word game you're playing, whether it's Scrabble or one of its near-homogeneous counterparts like Lexulous, Wordfeud or Words with Friends, one of the easiest ways to stay on top of your opponent is knowing all of the legal two-letter words you can play. You're n ...more
If you're a violin player who's looking to play the main theme song of Pirates of the Caribbean then look no further. This simple video walks you through the song. You'll likely want or need to pause a few times as you work out the fingering, but hang in there and you'll get i ...more
Introduction Halo: Reach is Bungie's latest and final addition to the franchise. Microsoft has claimed the title and from now on 343 Industries will be working on the Halo franchise. In my opinion, Bungie's last game is the best out of all of them. These are some tactics and ...more
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous characters in modern history, and has appeared in film more often than any other character. No less than 78 different actors have taken their turn at portraying the enigmatic deduction machine in various mediums, and each has brought t ...more
Learn how to play the violin solo from "Our Song" by Taylor Swift.
Watch this instructional violin video to learn how to play the "Lost Woods" song from the Zelda: Ocarina of Time video game on the violin. This tutorial video is great for violinist enthusiasts who love the video game. Find the sheet music for this song in the Downloads sectio ...more
Violin Lesson #4-6 -- The Hold and Finger Placement. Todd Ehle teaches how to hold the violin and shows proper finger placement in this 3-part lesson. Part 1 of 3 - How to Hold the violin properly with correct finger placement. Part 2 of 3 - How to Hold the violin properly wi ...more
Staccato is Italian for articulated distinctly, with a separation between notes. In this tutorial you will learn how to play the staccato bowing technique on violin. Start slowly with a nice "pop" or collé sound at the beginning of each up bow stroke. Build up your speed faste ...more
Watch this violin tutorial to learn how to effectively practice the vibrato on the violin. This instructional video will show you a few key principles to improve your skills playing vibrato on the violin. Vibrato is a very difficult technique to refine, but this how to video w ...more
Learn how to play the songs "Dreidel," "Jingle Bells," and "Old MacDonald" on the violin with this music tutorial. These songs are quite easy to play and are perfect for the beginning violin students. With the tips in this lesson you can start learning to play the violin. Part ...more
Learn how you can set up your shoulder rest for a violin with this tutorial. A shoulder rest makes playing the violin a lot more comfortable. With the tips in this how to video you will be able to set up your shoulder rest and play the violin with comfort and ease.
This violin video tutorial provides a brief guide on how to replace a broken violin string. Follow these steps to repair your violin and start playing again: remove the broken string, replace it with a matching string (the beaded end fits into the adjustor), turn the peg in a ...more
In this two part how to video you will learn the notes on the A string, the D major scale, and begin to learn how to use the violin bow. This lesson gives you some helpful exercises to improve your technique. With this the tips from this tutorial you can learn how to play the ...more
Check out this instructional violin video that will give beginners some tips to do a better arm vibrato on the violin or fiddle. This basic tutorial offers a few exercises to help you practice an arm vibrato. This is a great video for beginners looking to improve their vibrato ...more
Violin Lesson #57 -- Ricochet Bowing. Todd Ehle continues on about ricochet bowing for the violin, using Wohlfahrt #40 as an example, continuing from part one, Wohlfahrt Op. 45, etude #40. In part three, with string crossings added, creating the springing arpeggio. Part 1 of 3 ...more
Violin Lesson #35-36 -- Tuning the Violin. Todd Ehle shows you how to tune your violin in this 2-part lesson. Perhaps you can get an electronic tuner if you are a beginner. Tuning the violin is difficult. This info is pretty in-depth. There are other videos that are better pr ...more
Last week in New York, I saw the new show Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities at the Museum of Arts and Design, at Columbus Circle near the edge of Central Park, between Broadway and Eighth. Below is the museum’s description of the show: “Otherworldly: Optical ...more
Violin Lesson #1-3 -- Holding the Bow. Todd Ehle teaches how to use the bow and certain techniques to it in this 3-part lesson. Part 1 of 3 - How to Hold the violin bow. Part 2 of 3 - How to Hold the violin bow. Part 3 of 3 - How to Hold the violin bow.
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Take one down, pass it around, 99 bottles on which to play classical music? As someone who has studied music extensively, I've seen many interpretations of famous pieces of music played on glass bottles, but hearing these four interpretations of famous pieces (not all classic ...more
If you haven't tried playing Vivaldi yet, your violin's been missing out on some great work! Antonio Lucio Vivaldi's "Concerto in A Minor" is a great place to start. This series will show you how to play a violin excerpt from the 1st Movement of the composer's brilliant musica ...more
Watch this instructional violin video to learn how to tune a new violin after you have finished setting it up. To help with the tuning, a digital tuner is used to check whether the violin is in the correct tune or not. This tutorial video is great for beginners who need help t ...more
Violin Lesson #40 -- Legato Bowing (Smooth Bow Changes). Todd Ehle shows how to accomplish smooth bow changes with the legato method in this lesson.
In this short how-to video, you'll learn a few key principles for proper bowing of your violin as well as a few quick and dirty cleaning tips. Watch this tutorial and learn to play your violin with the whole bow while maintaining a straight form!
If you want to make clothes for your cat, you're on your own. As I recently said in this article, cats will just totally flip out if you make them wear things. Your dog may also flip out, but I've found them to be more tolerant, personally. Anyway, here are the pictures of th ...more
If you want to improve your violin bowing technique then this tutorial is for you. This violin lesson teaches you a great exercise to improve your spiccato bowing technique. This exercise , based on the Yost system, is designed to increase your familiarity and comfort in all p ...more
Learn how you can play and count eighth notes on the violin with this tutorial. This lesson covers music theory and violin techniques. You will be able to learn rhythms and how to play them on the violin with this how to video.
In this video series, watch as professional violinist Jason Salmon teaches you how to play scales on a violin in Eb (flat) major. Improve your music theory and violin playing technique with the help of these instructional videos. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play the violin in the E- ...more
Violin Lesson #11-12 -- Straight Bowing. Todd Ehle teaches how to bow straight on your violin in this 2-part lesson. Part 1 of 2 - How to Straight bow on the violin. Part 2 of 2 - How to Straight bow on the violin.
As you'll learn in this video tutorial, rosin is used to create friction over the strings of your violin; without it, no sound would be produced. Watch this handy guide to rosin application for a new violin bow.
Violin Lesson #47 -- String Crossing (Fast). Todd Ehle discusses string crossing, talking about doing it fast, really fast!
In this great violin tutorial you will learn the basic techniques needed to begin playing the violin.
This instructional violin playing video shows one method of reducing the shaking of the violin when practicing vibrato. Just wrap the scroll with a piece of towel, and then place it against the wall to secure the position. Then practice the vibrato on the violin. This video is ...more
Violin Lesson #53 -- Sautillé Bowing. Todd Ehle talks about sautillé bowing in this lesson, focusing on the rapid spiccato, or uncontrolled spiccato stroke.
Require precision tuning for your violin? In this how-to, you'll find a brief overview of tuning a new violin with the aid of a digital tuner, which will indicate precisely whether your violin's strings are in tune or not.
Finger positions on a violin are very close together and the slightest movement will change the pitch of the notes. Learn tips on how to always correctly position your hands in 2nd position on a violin from an experienced musician in this free video. Part 1 of 16 - How to Prac ...more
If you want to improve your violin technique then this how to video is the place to start. This video teaches you to play 3 octave G major scale. This exercise is designed to help you increase your comfort and agility in all positions, develop confidence and accuracy in all po ...more
Finger positions on a violin are very close together and the slightest movement will change the pitch of the notes. Learn tips on how to always correctly position your hands in 3rd position on a violin from an experienced musician in this free video. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play ...more
This how to video is an introduction to using the bow on the violin. Bowing techniques are a very important to mastering the violin. Learn how to hold the bow and up and down strokes. With the techniques from this music tutorial you can learn how to play the violin.
Artifical harmonics are a little different from natural harmonics as each requires two fingers to create one note. In this video violin lesson, you'll learn how to finger and play artificial harmonics on your own violin. For more information, or to get started, press play! (NB ...more
In this video series, watch as professional violinist Jason Salmon teaches you how to play scales on a violin in B flat. Improve your music theory and violin playing technique with the help of these instructional videos. Part 1 of 16 - How to Play a B-flat major on the violin. ...more
Violin Lesson #48 -- String Crossing (Slurs). Todd Ehle talks a little about playing in tune and then shows you how to slur the strings.
In this video, we learn how to play the cello with range and clefs. With the cello, you have the C string, the G string, the D string, and the A string. This is just like the viola and violin, just an octave lower. You will read in three different clefs. The tenor clef looks s ...more
Violin Lesson #27 -- String Crossing. Todd Ehle talks about string crossing, while he uses some certain techniques to practice with. Information presented is in part, taken from The Art of Violin Playing, Book One, by Carl Flesch.
Violin Lesson #34 -- Ear Training. Todd Ehle teaches some simple ear training techniques in this video. You must be able to play a one octave g major scale to do this exercise accompanied by a decent singing voice.
You can never start 'em too young. Chinese kids are raised on the violin or piano. Brazilian kids play soccer from birth. And then there's P-Nut. He's only 7-years-old and he's been working at becoming a household name in the Memphis hop hop scene since the young age of 4. Th ...more
This how-to video is a brief guide to setting up a new violin. This includes violin bridge set up as well. This music tutorial is perfect for beginning students learning the violin.
Violin Lesson #18 -- Playing in Tune. Todd Ehle discusses intonation and how to play in tune in this 2-part lesson. Part 1 of 2 - How to Play the violin in tune. Part 2 of 2 - How to Play the violin in tune.
This music lesson goes over how to find the proper placement for your fourth finger. This video also covers bowing techniques and how to play "Ode to Joy" on the violin. This tutorial is designed for beginner violin students. With the techniques in this how to video you will l ...more
Violin Lesson #52 -- String Crossings (Finger Stroke). Todd Ehle discusses the finger stroke, a great string crossing technique.
Diego Stocco is back (previously, the incredible Music From a Tree). This time Stocco has created the experibass: "Few weeks ago I visited a luthier looking for instruments parts, I had an idea in mind for an instrument I wanted to build. My curiosity was to hear the sound of ...more
Sautillé is french for jumping. This how to video teaches you the Sautillé bowing technique on the violin. You should repeat each note 8 times. Find the "sweet spot" where the bow bounces by itself. The stick bounces but the hair never leaves the string. Your hand has to be th ...more
In this how to video, you will learn how to draw a violin. First, start off with the shape of the basic shape of the body. Next, draw the neck of the violin and the tuning pegs at the top. From here, you can draw the bridge, shoulder pad, and the F holes of the body. Next, fil ...more
Violin Lesson #41-43 -- Introduction to Double-Stops. Todd Ehle discusses doubles-stops on the violin in this 3-part lesson. Part 1 of 3 - How to Learn double-stops on the violin. Part 2 of 3 - How to Learn double-stops on the violin. Part 3 of 3 - How to Learn double-stops ...more
Today's word is "virtuoso". This is a noun which means an expert, often in music. For example, you can say, "Few people would dispute that Itzhak Perlman is the reigning virtuoso of the violin today."
Detache is French for separate bows, not to be confused with the English "detached", with space between the notes. With this tutorial you will learn to play the detache bowing technique on the violin. The detache technique helps build a consistent and confident sound, improves ...more
If you want to improve your violin technique then this how to video is the place to start. This video teaches you to play slurred 3 octave G major scale. This exercise, based on the Galamian "Contemporary Violin Technique," is designed to help you increase your comfort and agi ...more