Violin Learning Youtube Channels
Hey there, future Violin Rock Star!
I've compiled a list here for you of great youtube channels to help you on your violin learning journey.
Of course, I haven't watched all the videos on all of the channels, so I don't know if every teacher listed here is thorough and if their explanations will be sufficient. If you don't understand something from one channel, head over to a different one, and maybe that'll work better for you.
I'll be honest, is this is probably not the smartest business thing for me to do, since I want to develop my own programs and want you to subscribe to MY youtube channel.
But I don't really care, because I really really REALLY want you to succeed.
So if you're having any trouble, feel free to get in touch.
PS. These aren't in any order, really-scroll to the bottom for different people doing different cool things.
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Sometimes, you just see an online personality that you just know you would get along with in person. I like her style, and I also like the way she's set up her website in a user-friendly fashion. She has many tips on beginner violin playing, developing technique,learning to read notes, and holistic violin playing (playing in a way that's good for your body), as well as step-by step tutorials on more advanced classical pieces and musical games
Fiddlerman has videos on learning blues and jazz as well as reviews of different instruments. I love this guy! His enthusiasm just explodes off the screen, you'll thank me for subscribing!
Ben Chan is pretty cool because he's one of these music and computer geeks who just takes all of his skills and combines them in cool ways. Plus he's a fun guy, so a lot of his apps are really a lot of fun! He also transcribes music and has it available for download, which has been a really useful resource for me in my own teaching.
Definitely worth checking him out, he's awesome!
Guitar hero style tutorials
This is a really cool channel where this guy takes songs and made an app style program, kind of like guitar hero or Just Dance, where you basically have to hit that note when it comes at you. This requires a reasonable amount of skill, but it's really very fun, and I've sent students to it and they've really really enjoyed it! (Takes a little practice)
I stumbled across Laurel's channel when I was looking to learn how to chop. I found a little series that she did for Strings Magazine, which seems to be all she's put out, but I liked her clean, clear, and obviously professionally produced videos. She also have a few videos on improving vibrato, shifting, and general left hand technique. Very Useful
I interviewed Zlata about her teaching and her personal approach to teaching- she teaches based off a very traditional model, and is incredibly professional and concise. She has many videos on basic violin technique, specializing in tone production. She also has a lot of tutorial videos on totally random questions people ask her, and I think she creates them based off of posted questions. So if you have any questions, you can head over to her channel
Classical music tutorials on intermediate pieces
I liked Roy Sonne's style of talking, reminds me of all the old timey bluegrass players. Kind of corny, but in a good way. That said, he has some really good, classical lessons on intermediate violin pieces, such as Vivaldi's Spring, and Viotti Concerto no. 23.
Michael runs the website violinexcerpts.com and uploads practice tips and general useful videos for violin players to youtube.
The Violin Lab Channel has, in addition to many beginner videos, and many more videos on their website, Violinlab.com for learning, she does step by step tutorials along with the sheet music on the screen for songs like "Theme from Schindler's List" (above)
The focus of these are both professional level masterclasses, and more basic violin lessons for technique. Here you see the lesson on colle' bowing and get a sample of what the channel is about.
Classical, folk, and gospel violin lessons
Under the larger umbrella of Online Lesson Videos, I found a few of these gems-well made, well produced, great sound, and two camera angles so you can see fingers and bow at the same time. He teaches bluegrass and Irish fiddle lessons, and it's a win-or-lose situation on whether you get to learn the whole song for free-sometimes you do and sometimes you get forwarded on to the website. Learning online can't always be free, and if you want to invest in learning bluegrass and irish, this seems like a good way to go
All kinds of different songs in app format
The String club is a fun one, because it is also set up like in app-style, where you play the note as you get to it. They used to do popular songs (see left for Radioactive!), but I think they hit copyright issues. It could be that all the more popular ones are available on their website for pay, however, I didn't get in there to check it out (didn't pay for membership)