Free violin lessons
Pro-Am Strings webinars: free violin lessons online
Our free online live violin and viola lessons, called webinars, are open to anyone interested in getting better at playing the violin or viola. Follow our free violin lessons online, from the comfort of your own home. Class attendees – all ages and all abilities – come from all over the world. You can join us too. Welcome!
You can just come and listen, or join in with your instrument and ask questions – it’s up to you. Sessions generally last for about half an hour and usually there is a question and answer session at the end.
Webinars are held on a regular basis. We tend to alternate subjects suitable for beginners and those for more advanced players. That’s a lot of violin for free.
New for 2018: Weekly Webinars via the ‘Fans of Pro-Am Strings’ Facebook page
This year, all free live online classes will be held in the “Fans of Pro-Am Strings” Facebook group. In order to attend the classes, you will need to subscribe to the group.
Click here to become a member of the group:
An overview of all free live classes this term:
|Date||Name of Class||Playing Level||Enrol NOW|
|23-Jan||The Role of the Left Elbow||Intermediate/ Advanced|
|30-Jan||Fitting a New String||All|
|13-Feb||Playing Trills||Intermediate/ Advanced|
|20-Feb||Playing in Tune||Beginner/Intermediate|
|27-Feb||Double Stops||Intermediate/ Advanced|
|06-Mar||Learn Sautille Bowing||Advanced|
|13-Mar||Position Changing||Intermediate/ Advanced|
|20-Mar||The Importance of a good Bowing technique||All|
Scroll down for further information abot the classes.
Please also fee free to email us if you wish to be kept informed about future webinars, or if you would like us to organise a webinar about a specific area of the technique. Thank you.
Thanks Henriette: very thought provoking! Anna
I wish to thank you for providing both your time and expertise in hosting the webinar on vibrato. Well worth the time. Ray
Thanks for a great webinar. Alison
Gregor’s class was deeply inspiring and philosophically rich. It was great to listen to a top performer discussing the big ideas behind music and its collaborative performance. He drew continually on his learning from experienced composers, teachers and professors, frequently referencing repertoire for examples. I counted it a massive privilege to be able to come into contact with a person so compellingly involved in the quartet genre. Kevin
Gregor’s Webinar on Chamber Music brought a whole new dimension to playing. His webinar was thought provoking, prompting the musician to think in a different way about the music we play. Very memorable. Thank you! Sonia
Join our Facebook Group Fans of Pro-Am Strings to join this free class.
The importance of good bowing technique
Good violin or viola bowing technique is the artist’s paintbrush; it’s what drives the sound. A good bow technique can even do a lot to make up for a poor instrument.
Skilful use of the bow allows you to produce exquisite tones and a variety of dynamics, tonal colours, and special effects. And developing the perfect bow arm is a lifelong mission.
There are two ways of looking at the challenges of developing a good bowing technique. You can view all the complex variables of weight changes, bow angles, wrist/elbow/finger flexions etc. as a marvellous exercise in complex engineering or you can feel a heart and soul connection with pure sound. In fact, you need some understanding of both aspects if you want to develop a well-rounded bowing technique.
Some fundamentals of good bow technique include:
- Being able to bow in a straight line
- Controlling the lean of the stick through the bow stroke
- Feeling confident in every part of the bow from tip to frog
- Managing the weight applied to the strings
- Sensitivity to tone quality
One of the single most effective techniques for developing good bow control and tone production is the son filé. Son filé—playing very long sustained notes—allows for in-depth observation, analysis, and refinement of every single aspect of your bow arm technique.
Are you ready to take a bow?
Pro-Am strings offers you this free online class designed to help beginner and intermediate violin and viola students master their bowing technique.
Join Henriette de Vrijer, your online violin/viola teacher and experience the joy of liberating your bow technique with the support of the friendly online violin/viola community.
This post was written by Stylus writer, a former professional violinist/ violist who has taken his gift for phrasing and tone into the world of words. You can learn more about his work at http://styluswriter.com/
Previous webinar subjects:
Playing in Tune
Fitting a new String
The role of the left elbow
The Adult Beginner
Vibrato for advanced players
Chamber Music “Balancing the Score – Living music through Structure”
How to practise for a Performance
Play it how you would sing it!
The advancing bow
Improve your Sight Reading
How to produce a bigger and better sound
Helping your child to practise
Position Changing on the cello
Timing and Rhythm
Buying an Instrument
Helping your child to practise
Position Changing workout