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Whether you have already played before, or are a complete beginner, Pro-Am Strings is here to help you develop your playing on your instrument. We cater for complete beginners through to advanced players. From buying your first instrument to learning how to play it, you can find everything you will need here. Although most of our lessons are online, Pro-Am Strings offers On-the-Go learning, wherever you are, whenever you want, from your computer, tablet or mobile, you may from time to time want to speak to a live person by Skype. Join us today for online violin lessons, online cello lessons and online viola lessons.

Start off with our fact sheets and play-along videos, get repertoire suggestions or book Skype lessons. Our expert and friendly teaching staff are always just one click away to help you achieve your goals. Email us please, if you need any help!

All material highlighted in Green is for Beginners (approx Grades 0-2), so you can easily see at a glance if something is suitable for you – any other options are applicable to all levels of ability.


Purchasing Content

Once you have made your purchase/s you will be provided with a download link to your file/s – please click the download link/s (one at a time) and wait for each file to finish downloading before closing the browser window. A confirmation email will also be sent to the email address you provided, this will have a copy of any download link/s you purchased and is valid for 72 hours.

Videos are provided as MP4 files in HD quality. Fact Sheets and Repertoire Lists are provided in PDF format.

You will be able to access previously purchased content through ‘Your Account’ menu link at the top of the page.

Please Note: Our HD video MP4 files can be quite large file sizes and we therefore recommended using a broadband connection when downloading videos.



The videos in this series are made to help complete beginners on their journey. Each tutorial sets out clearly how to approach the different techniques.

Please join in with your instrument and bow while you watch. Videos contain close ups, captions and music examples. Videos are made to correspond with Fact Sheets and Repertoire Lists for beginners. If at any time you feel tired or if you are in pain, please stop and try again at a later stage and for shorter periods of time.

All our videos are HD quality and can be watched in full screen. All videos are professionally filmed and use narration, live action, captions and audio. Slow motion analysis is used in some videos. Join in with your instrument while you watch.

Courses are presented in small chunks, so it’s easy to find quick answers to specific questions. You can also watch an entire course from beginning to end if you choose to. This is a growing library and new videos will be added at regular intervals.

Please Note: Our HD video MP4 files can be quite large file sizes and we therefore recommended using a broadband connection when downloading videos.

Individual videos are priced at £2.99 + vat.


Holding the violin bow

Holding the Bow – Duration 6.57 min

Learn how to hold a violin or viola bow properly and develop your hand muscles to get flexibility in your bow hand to get a good sound.

Key words: parts of the bow, tightening the hair, applying rosin, what if the bow hair breaks, the bow hold, developing flexibility in the bow hold, ways of steering the bow.


Holding the violin

Holding the Violin/Viola – Beginner – Duration 5.23 min

Learn how to hold a violin or viola properly and find out whether you will need a shoulder-rest with your instrument.

Key words: the violin hold as a balance, using a shoulder rest – how high should it be, correct positioning of the left hand, common errors in holding the violin and viola.


Pro-Am Strings - Video Tutorial for Violin and Viola

Open String Bowing – Duration 5.16 min

This video is a tutorial about bowing for beginners on the violin or viola. Learn how to create the best possible sound and develop your playing fast.

Key words: the first bow strokes, straight bowing, manipulating the sound, the level of the right elbow, playing one string at a time, some common errors.


Pro-Am Strings - Video Tutorial for Violin and Viola

Using Left Hand Fingers – Duration 5.39 min

This tutorial shows how to get into good habits from the moment you begin to use the left hand fingers. Join in with your instrument and bow and learn to play a scale in no time.

Key words: using a finger line, finger placement, first finger pattern, playing a scale.


slurring notes violin and viola

Slurring Notes – Duration 3.58 min

Develop a smooth and flowing bowing style when slurring notes. Join in with your instrument and bow with this step-by-step tutorial.

Key words: slurring open string notes, slurring notes from an open string to a note played by a finger, slurring more than two notes.


playing pizzicato

Playing Pizzicato – Duration 4.18 min

This tutorial shows how pizzicato can be used as a means of expression, as well as a technique to develop the use of the left hand.

Key words: left hand pizzicato, right hand pizzicato, using the left hand pizzicato for the development of strength in the left hand, pizzicato chords, becoming expressive with pizzicato.


violin dynamics

Dynamics – Duration 2.15 min

Become a more expressive player by creating contrasts between loud and quiet sections in your pieces.

Key words: creating dynamic contrast, using dynamics to make your playing more expressive.


fitting a violin string

Fitting a New String – Duration 5.59 min

What to do if a string breaks or need replacing? This video contains a step-by- step guide to fitting a new string on violin, viola and cello.

Key words: fitting a new string on violin viola and cello


Stance and Balance - Pro-Am Stings Tutorial

Stance and Balance – Duration 7.02 min

The basis of good playing is a relaxed and balanced body. This tutorial offers many suggestions as to how you can improve your stance and balance starting from your feet and working up the body. Learn to play with less effort and a more relaxed body. This video contains a number of different ideas in quick succession, so you may want to pause the video frequently to practise on your own as well as join in with the video. Have your instrument ready at the start. WARNING: This tutorial contains a potentially dangerous exercise. You may need the assistance of another person if you are unsure.

Key words: foot position, knees, back swaying, neck exercises

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets for beginners offer an introduction to the violin or viola and get you started on the instrument. All the basics are covered here, from the very first steps to approximately Grade 2. Make sure to get good habits, right from the start.

Fact Sheets are provided as PDF downloads and cost just 39p + vat each.

Instrument and Bow:

Buying an Instrument – Adult

Buying an Instrument for a Child


Instrument and Bow Maintenance

Fitting a new String



The Left Hand:

Holding the Violin

Using Left Hand Fingers



The Bow Hold

Open String Bowing

Slurring Notes

String Crossings




Building Stamina


Preventing Injuries


Repertoire List

The Repertoire Lists are designed to offer an overview of technique, tutors, study books, sonatas and concertos, to help you find your way through the vast amount of available material from the complete beginner to the very advanced player.


You may find that you are using some of these materials already, in which case these lists promote confidence that what you are playing is more or less right for your playing level. There may also be books or pieces that you have never heard of before. We hope that these suggested lists are an inspiration and may lead to new discoveries in your music making. It goes without saying that these lists can never be exclusive or exhaustive, but hopefully may give you ideas and suggestions and help you on your journey.


All our Repertoire Lists are provided as PDF downloads and cost just £1.99 + vat each.


There will be the inevitable slight overlap between the levels, but great care has been taken to eliminate any double ups.

Please be aware that viola tutors are included in the Repertoire list for Beginners only. However, the Intermediate Repertoire list contains suggestions for duet music for violin and viola and also for violin and cello.


Repertoire List for Beginners


Expert and friendly teachers are on hand to support you wherever we can,
if at any point you feel that you playing needs more tailored support, then please:
Email Pro-Am Strings


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