Best Online Violin Lessons For Beginners
Its not always convenient, or even possible to attend a local music school. In this article I review some of the best options for beginners looking for online violin lessons.
I played violin for years, first at high school, later in a local community orchestra. I was never much good, but it was fun, particularly the chance to play with others, and I've always been pleased that I had the opportunity to learn an instrument.
When I was young the only option was to pay for lessons either in a group or for private classes. So I was intrigued when I discovered you could actually take lessons online!
Violin Lessons Online
To be honest the violin is not that easy an instrument to learn, you don't have the frets of a guitar to guide your fingers, and you need to master the bowing technique with one hand, and the finger technique with the other, all at the same time. I was, in short skeptical that you could do that without a teacher in the room with you. So I started investigating. After all plenty of people don't have the time or the money for violin lessons, even if they can find a local teacher. So I decided to check out some of the popular online lessons for beginners.
Suzuki Violin Lessons
Well this was a surprise - back in the (mumble) 1970's Suzuki Book 1 was exactly where I started! Not only is the Suzuki series of books still available - but my first online violin lesson site: Red Desert Violin - uses exactly that book!
What I Liked About This Course:
- Structured - you start with beginner lessons and slowly build up. This is critical for an instrument like the violin.
- Used the Suzuki Method which has stood the test of time, its worked for 10,000's of students world wide.
- You get MP3 accompaniments for every song in the Suzuki Book 1 - the violin, particularly in the hands of a beginner, is an instrument often best played with others!
- Absolute beginners regardless of what style violin you want to play, these basic classes will get you sorted with the right basic technique - would be a suitable for anyone looking for basic online violin lessons, beginner level
Note - this is a pay monthly course. You pay for the initial month and, until you cancel (or after 6 months) your credit card will charged for each subsequent month. You can cancel at any time. There is a 60 day money back guarantee.
Learn Violin in 30 Days
This approach is similar to the above course - it offers step by step instruction, but is somewhat less "structured" Instead of adhering to one method - it uses a large variety of techniques (classical, blue grass, jazz) - the something for everyone approach.
What I Liked About This Course
- Variety - if you want to play jazz you can start right with that technique - and using songs you know and love.
- Emphasis on playing popular songs will appeal to many. -
- Lots of sheet music available as part of the membership - sheet music is expensive so this could be a real cost saving if you are always wanting to play something new. -
- 14 day free trial.
- Those who have a short attention span and like a little of everything. -
- Those who are more interested in popular rather than classical music.
This is a monthly subscription - you can either sign up for the paid option immediately or take the 14 day free trial. Again you can cancel at any time and pay no more.
Eric Lewis's Violin Master Pro
This is a little different to the two other courses I've mentioned. rather than a monthly payment which gives access to both the tutors, online forums, and ongoing lessons, in this case you make one payment and get the entire course.
What I liked About the Course:
- Completely at your pace as you have access to the entire system on payment, this may, however be over-whelming for the beginner.
- Tips and tricks on how to play difficult pieces and on how to memorize music.
- Those that play a little and would like to improve their violin playing ability - this is a very cost-effective solution