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Playing the Violin [electronic resource]

Espresso Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In this program, renowned folk-rock fiddler Ric Sanders helps beginners get started playing the violin. Topics include the parts of the violin and bow, choosing a violin and bow, using peg paste and bow rosin, how to hold the violin and bow, tuning, bowing, plucking, fingering, notes and intervals, vibrato, the rudiments of reading music and keeping time, the D major and G major scales, the Doric mode, and how to improvise simple songs. The program concludes with a performance by Sanders.
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86 min.
6 & up
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films media Group on May 02, 2012.
Music Makers: Basic Instrument Instruction
Music makers (New York, N.Y.)
  • Introduction: Playing the Violin (4:16)
  • The Bow and the Fiddle (2:21)
  • Choosing a Fiddle (3:10)
  • The Bow (1:53)
  • Holding the Fiddle (2:42)
  • Holding the Bow (2:56)
  • Tuning the Fiddle (6:02)
  • Bow Strokes (3:53)
  • Reading Music and Playing Some Notes (4:09)
  • Using the Bow (2:13)
  • Left Hand Fingering and Scales (1:56)
  • First Half of D Major Scale (4:02)
  • Second Half of D Major Scale (3:19)
  • New Tune with Eight Notes (3:31)
  • Practice (2:25)
  • G Major Scale - First Octave (2:48)
  • G Major Scale - Second Octave (3:43)
  • Multiple Notes per Bow Stroke (2:09)
  • Playing a Tune (2:06)
  • Reverse Bowing (2:05)
  • Vibrato (3:31)
  • Vibrato Notes in G Major Scale (2:19)
  • Major Minor and the Dorian Scale (3:43)
  • Dorian Mode in First Position (3:52)
  • Counting Time (2:18)
  • Fun With Electronic Devices (6:34)
  • Credits: Playing the Violin (0:46)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1991.
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  • 32910s Films Media Group
  • 32911 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (86 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Mode of access: Internet.
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