This video that takes students from opening the case to playing a simple tune in no time. Topics include: maintenance and care for the instrument, correct posture and holding techniques, simple finger patterns, bowing and plucking methods, your first notes, music theory, and helpful hints to get you started fast.
THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER SERIES FOR VIOLIN is a complete introduction to playing the violin, covering basic topics from instrument care to playing techniques. Among the other subjects covered here are: the history of the instrument, the proper way to hold the instrument, simple finger patterns, bowing and plucking methods, and various techniques that allow the player to develop their own distinctive tone. Ideal for both beginners as well as for novices looking to return to the instrument, THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER SERIES offers a comprehensive introduction to the violin.
Nicola Porpora, a contemporary of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Haydn (and a very young Mozart) is best remembered today as a famous singing teacher and opera composer. During his long career (he lived to age 81) he suffered many employment-related difficulties and disappointments that caused him to move frequently. Naples (where he was born), Venice, Dresden, and Vienna (where he taught Haydn) all enjoyed Porpora's reputable presence, and he even spent a period in London at the behest of a group seeking to unseat Handel and his opera company from its preeminent position. In addition to his operas and vocal music, Porpora wrote instrumental works such as the six violin sonatas featured here, which are drawn from a set of 12. Although anyone familiar with Italian Baroque and early Classical-style solo violin music will discover nothing particularly original on this generally fine recording, if you enjoy that genre and period you'll find much here to indulge and satisfy your taste.