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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Yellow Belt Intro

    • 2. Yellow Belt Kata

    • 3. Mary Pizz

    • 4. Mary Bow

    • 5. Mary Slow

    • 6. Mary Performance

    • 7. Ode Lesson

    • 8. Ode Performance

    • 9. Ode Slow

    • 10. Old Smoky Lesson

    • 11. Old Smoky Performance

    • 12. Old Smoky Slow

    • 13. Saints Lesson

    • 14. Saints Slow

    • 15. Saints Performance

    • 16. Twinkle A lesson

    • 17. Twinkle B part

    • 18. Twinkle Performance

    • 19. Twinkle Slow

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About This Class

Hello, and welcome to Violin Karate! If you've never played violin before but you'd like to learn, you're in the right place! This course will set you up well to continue your studies of classical violin, fiddle, pop, rock, jazz or any style of violin you'd like to play. With 18 lessons in Yellow Belt, and over 125 bite-sized lessons and example videos, you can level up your violin skills in just a few, fun minutes a day!

Violin Karate 2: Yellow Belt is designed to get you up and running, playing your first song, as soon as possible. Check out the other levels to continue your journey!

Acclaimed multi-style violin and fiddle teacher Caroline McCaskey has decades of experiences starting beginners of all ages in a fun and engaging way, and setting them up for success in a lifetime of music making. Her background and training in the Suzuki method, teaching students ages 2 to 85, means she knows what WORKS. Rather than inundate you with absolutely everything there is to know, Caroline shows you only what you need to get you up and running. Violin can be difficult - why make it confusing by showing you stuff you don't need? (Of course if you have questions, be sure to ask!) **There are no filler lectures or boring exercises in this course - learn everything you need to know by playing songs!**

If you look forward to practicing, you're more likely to do it! 

Disclaimer: please note, this course is not designed to teach you how to do karate with your instrument. (We do not condone violin violence.) The belt system is used here simply as a fun framework to measure all the progress you'll be making! Let's start playing today! See you inside!

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Caroline McCaskey

Fiddler, Educator, Goofball



In demand as both a teacher and performer, Caroline spends her weekdays teaching Suzuki violin and fiddle in the San Francisco Bay Area. Weekends find her gigging with the contra dance band StringFire! and making YouTube videos playing the musical saw. She is the founder of AltStrings, LLC, which strives to make non-classical string instrument education accessible to classical musicians and students everywhere through books, sheet music, videos, and scholarships.

Caroline grew up playing the fiddle with the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and has been involved teaching at Fiddlekids Day Camp for over a decade. She also teaches cello and musical saw at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp. She is the author of "How to Read Bass Clef on the Piano: A Mu... See full profile

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1. Yellow Belt Intro: welcome to violin, karate, yellow belt things, courses, part two of an eight part series and Yellow Belt. We introduced the idea of a kata or a technical exercise, and this idea will follow us all the way through the rest of the course. Way will also be learning basic songs to get to know our instrument a little bit better and learn our notes on the E A and D strings. By the end of this course, you'll be able to play. Mary had a little lamb twinkle, twinkle little star When the Saints Go Marching in, oh, Joy and on top of Old Smokey as well as be proficient in the techniques required to play those songs. Song based learning is one of the most fun and accessible ways to learn an instrument, and you'll be up and running in No time. Course works like this. Each song has a lesson video in which I teach you the notes and the Boeing's of the song, and I invite you to participate by copying me. I also provide clarifying information as we go just to make sure that you're on the same page. Second, there's a slow version of the song in which you can attempt to play the entire song through with me. Finally, there's a performance version of the song, which may be taken as a goal for the song or simply to be watched and listened to you for enjoyment. Also, you'll find a PdF with every single note that we learned in this course underclass project , So let's get started, Uh. 2. Yellow Belt Kata: - uh , welcome to your yellow belt kata. A contest of Syria to the exercise is meant to be done over and over again until they become second nature. This is what we're aiming to do with our scale system. We're going to play a scale and arpeggio and a scale in thirds. Let's give it a try. Our scale begins a 123 e 123 Just as we learned in White Boat, we're going to use open strings on the way up and forth fingers on the way back down. We're going to go a B C sharp d on the a string and then e f sharp g sharp A on the east drink. Then we're also going to go up to be your fourth finger on the Eastern. Let's try that much. Betty. Go. Uh huh. Four. Then we're going to turn around and come right back down. Hopefully you've left your fingers down and we're gonna just pick them up one at a time. So from four we're gonna go for instead of playing e here, we're going to reach over and go to fourth finger on the A string. This is quite a stretch from your first finger on the East ring. But that's okay. We're learning to do walking fingers and go from one so four. Once you're forest and you can pick up your one so we'll try this from four. Wait for four on you can pick your one up, and we're gonna walk down like that. Uh uh. Our scale when played altogether looks like this. Now that very last note A is going to become the first note of our Reggio The arpeggio is Accord. But we're going to play the notes only one at a time. So instead of playing a c sharp and e all at the same time, like a pianist can or a guitarist scan. And we can, too, if we put them on different strings were actually going to just play them one at a time for practice. So we're gonna play a C shirt e a and back them e c sharp A for a to e three e to a Let's try it. Ready? Go, go. Now we're gonna try to string them together. Let's try the scale immediately followed by the AARP NGO. The last notes of the scale is the same as the first note of the arpeggio. Let's give it a try. Really go. Uh, Theo, we have one more piece and our kata. That's called Scale and thirds. This is where we go up the scale on back down. But we're not going in a straight line. We're going to start on a we're going to skip up to see Sharp. Then we're gonna fill it back in with B and we'll follow that pattern all the way up. Note. Skip, fill in, Skip filin, Skip, fill in. And so on A 213 to 4. Let's try that. Ready? Go E c sharp Again for free. Okay, then we're going to continue this time. We have to cross the string. We're going to go three on a which is where we ended up. Then we're going to skip upto one on the e string. Now that we're on the eastern, we can say there e to 13 to 4, just as we did on the A string on end on three. Let's try the whole ascending scale in thirds. Ready? Go for three. Want me open? E Teoh, We're going to do the same pattern. Just kind of backwards on the way back down. 31 Fill it in with two e 134 to. So we're going to skip down this time. Fill it and going up. Skipped down. Filling. Going up. Let's start on her third finger. We're going to do 312 e 13 on the A string. Ready. Go three. Now we're on the a string. We'd like to stay there. We're going to do for 2312 a many for we owe. Now we've reached a We're going to do a little tag to make it seem like it's really ending . So we're gonna go one e a Ready. Go. Let's try the whole descending scale in thirds from three on the e string. A f shirt, G sure. E etcetera. Ready? Go. Theo! Theo. Okay, let's give the whole yellow belt Kata. Trey Ready? Go for three. Uh, thing remember, this is intended to be done every day when you practice. First thing. I've recorded it at the beginning of this video. If you remember, sort of visit introduction, feel free to turn that video on and just play along with the beginning once. You know what? You don't need to look at the rest of this lesson again unless you really need to. Thanks so much. See in the next one. 3. Mary Pizz: Let's learn how to play. Mary had a little lamb. We're going to start this one pizzicato than outer bow in the next video. Let's put our violence upon our shoulders again. We're gonna check to make sure that it's really on your shoulder. The end button this snuggled right into your neck. The instrument is on your jaw, and we're just gonna go ahead and start with our first and second fingers down on the a string. So on the a string, you got your first finger being your second finger. C sharp down. And remember, we're only going to hear the note that's closest to our finger or a bow. So we're gonna hear the C sharp for Mary had a little lamb. We're going to go to one A or C sharp, be a and then back up. Be seizure, seizure, seizure or, to one A 1 to 2 to let's give it a try. Remember, you've gotta have your finger, and then you can pluck because your finger decides how long the string is on. That determines what the note will be tried to ready Good one. A one to to To Now we're gonna switch toe. One 111 Leave your finger down the whole time. Ready? Go. Of course. I mean, you're be finger, not your plucking finger. Then we're going to play to E. E. Now, here's the trick. Our finger should be tall enough that they aren't touching the eastern. We don't want to have fingers that are collapsed like that and touching Eastern or well, we also don't want them tipped over so that they make this kind of a funk. So make sure you're one and two are down on the a string and just try looking your e to make sure that it doesn't buzz like that. All right, Because we're going to go little lamb, we're gonna pluck to E. B, but we're gonna leave to down, try to leave it down because we're coming right back to it on this is really good violent technique because it reinforces your hand shape. And this is also a really good skill to be able to have to be able to play two notes at a time, if you like. If you want to try this, just take to your fingers one on each string and pluck like that where you can use one finger, which is more common, and we'll brush across like that. So that's right. Little lamb Ready? Good to Lipsyte. Let my hand buzz. Let's try it again, Mehdi. Good Teoh. Okay, so from the beginning, we've got to one a 1 to 2 to 111 to E. E while we leave our two down. Let's try that much. That's the first half ready. Here we go, Teoh One a 12 to to switch to one. Go to E. Yeah, be all right now, halfway through the song, as happens with a lot of songs, especially fold melodies halfway through, it will be the same as it was at the beginning. So again we have Mary had a little lamb, and then it ends in a different way. This is very common. So here's the part that's the same. We're going to go to one A but to to to two. So we're gonna do four times instead of just three. Because it's not just little lamb. It's little lamb whose Okay, so we have to one a 1 to 22 or C sharp, B A B C. Sharp seizure of seizure of seizure. My apologies. Therefore, then we're gonna go. 1121 A for the fleece was white as snow. So 1121 a Get your one and go. 1121 Oh, good. Now we're going to make sure that we're leaving our first finger down while you're playing your second finger. This is really good violent technique as well. You don't want to be hopping from one to the other. You want to be able to measure the distance from one finger to another. So let's try 112 while you leave your one down. One a ready. Here we go. All right? Yeah. 4. Mary Bow: all right. Now that we've learned Mary had a little lamb pizzicato, let's go ahead and add the bow to it. Remember, your fingers have to be down each step of the way before your bow goes. Let's get that a try. We're going to start with one and two down on the A string, and you're gonna put your PO ready. Go to one. A 1 to 2 to 111 E o T e. But leaving your two down, then we start over again. Just tip your boat right back where it waas Go to one A. 12222 1121 a. All right. 5. Mary Slow: All right. I'm going to play married. Had a little lamb. Slowly try to play along with me getting her instrument on her shoulders. One and two on the a string. Nice and slow. Here we go. Ah ah, I think 6. Mary Performance: want to go, Theo? 7. Ode Lesson: go ahead and put your first and second finger on the D string. We're going to play 2 to 3. That's F sharp F sharp G. And it's not g sharp like it's been on the Eastern like we've used this G natural 2 to 3. A. When we get to a go ahead and leave all of your fingers down on the D string again, you may have to swing your elbow forward even further than you might think it needs to be in order to keep your fingers off of the A string while you keep them down on D. So we'll try to 23 a with our fingers all down. Betty, go. It was good. Let's try it again. Ready to go to the 023 a. Uh, Now we're gonna come on back down, we're gonna go three to one D. And since the d string is new thes notes RG after e and D, we get all the way down to open D d e f sir are prepared when we first start one and two, we're gonna play 2 to 3 a a 3 to 1 d from the beginning. Ready? Here we go. Tear Teoh three a a a a three Teoh one D Uh, Now from there, we're going to go Another d so D D 12 to 11 or D D E f Shark f shirt e Let's try it. Ready? Go! Dio e! Okay, let's try the whole thing from the beginning. This is the first half. It goes 2 to 3 a a 3 to 1 D d 12 to 11 Let's try Second finger. Go. Ah! Okay, let's try it again. I'll call it the numbers this time in case you get lost. Ready? Go! Thio Thio three a three d Thio thio 11 Again. Like many other pieces of music, we're going to start over again halfway through. So we're going to go again now. This is the second half, but it starts the same way, right? 2 to 3 A a 3 to 1 d d. One to that part is all the same. Only the last two notes you're different. So instead of going at the end, going, uh, Teoh, uh, we're gonna call that our first ending because of the ending that happens First, our second ending is going to go like this. D When we get to the two ds, it happens like this instead D o d one Teoh one Uh, I guess it's the last three notes than two different Let's try the second ending again d d 1 to 1 d d ready Here we go one last time. Second ending d d 1 to 1 d d There's only one time of your second finger and only one time of your first finger And all those extra times added up to two more that you get to do on your open D string. So let's go Second ending. Ready? Here we go. One Teoh won t Ah! Okay, let's try the whole thing. You know, we haven't tried it yet, but I'm gonna let you know what the fingers are as we go. So we're gonna prep one and two on the D string. Let's give it a try. Ready? Go! Thio! Thio 30 a 30 thio Thio 23 Okay, a one d there it ISS 8. Ode Performance: way. 9. Ode Slow: one, two. Ready? Go! Theo! Ah ah ah! 10. Old Smoky Lesson: on top of old Smokey is going to start up boas. Well, let's give it a try upon a a to e ready. Go then. We're going to go three and one on the eastern. Very long. Big slow bows from the beginning. It looks like this A to e three one. Really set. Go. You're going to want to walk from 3 to 13 Put your one down and then pick up your three. Once you're one is already down. Now you may notice that this aide Teoh E three is the same as are a major arpeggio from our kata up. Oh, ready? Go. We're going to go up Bo again when we continue 13 on the A So we're gonna go one on Eastern three on the ace drink open e one e. So up on 13 back to e for E one e. So this little second section, it goes one and e, which is F Sure. Three on a, which is D. Let's try that, then We're going to go e one e on the eastern GF Sharpie. Ready? Go. Let's try to put that together. 13 e one e Ready go, Uh, from the beginning. So far, here's what we have. Three one another 13 e one e Then we're going to switch to the A string a a to be e instead of e three. Like this thing, We're going to go to one on the a string. Let's do what we can A a to e one. Ready? Go! Ah, this is very much the answer to the question before the question was, Does the answers that added at that, um, that I did it? I'm So let's play this last part here. 2321 A. We're going to start on two. We're gonna go up to three, and then we're gonna peel off our fingers one by one. Remember leaving them close to the string 23 Do you want a Let's try the second half A to E one. Ready? One, 23 Teoh, Let's put it all together. We're starting up. Bow on the a string. Ready? Beginning Go a three one one over to three e one e such Teoh One a 23 Teoh one. Hey, 11. Old Smoky Performance: Ah. 12. Old Smoky Slow: one to three. Ready? Go! Ah! 13. Saints Lesson: when the Saints go marching in is going to start up bow on your a string. So we're gonna open arm a little bit because the first stroke is gonna be up. So we're going to go up on a to three and then switched to e like this a to three e. Let's try it again. It's a C shirt, d e. We're actually gonna do this three times in a row in the song. So nice. Well, do it now. Ready? Go a to three Switch Teoh. It's a really long one. Let's do it again. Ready? Go! The third time we do it, we're going to go a to three e then back to two a 21 Let's practice that part. Duh dum. Never going to go to a 21 on the A string C sharp a. C sharp. Be ready. Go! All right, let's put those two little phrases together. A C shirt, D e seizure, a C shirt be or a 23 e to a 21 Let's try it. Go. I you won. That's the first half. The second half starts 2 to 1. A. Also on an up bow. Let's try it. Ready? Set. Go. Uh, illustrated again. Two times. Appear to one time of your one and then you're a 221 a upd boat. Ready? Go 1 a.m. We're going to do another a seizure or two and then e then e three. But let's do this much as well. 2 to 1 a a to e just that much. I'll show you a mother A to e. Let's do it again. We'll do it together this time 2 to 1 a a to e. Let's try it. Ready, Set, Go, Teoh. After that, they e three, which is a long note. So you should save your boat on what that means is don't go too fast, Uncle Rusche, and end up at the front because then you won't have any more boat to play the rest of the note. So we're going to go down on E then for three. So I'm going to use a slow boat. I'm not going really fast like this. See that? I ran out. I'm just gonna go very slowly. It's important not to be heavy if you do this, because then you'll end up with lovely sound. Wolf Okay, That's alright. We gotta be ready to make some noises home, So Okay, we're going to go to 21 a a to e e 30 how I want to be in that number. Really? Said Teoh e three. Good. Let's do it again. Ready, set, Go. Finally we have 23 e to a one a. So let's go to three e or C Sharp D Eat. Ready, set. Go. So we're going to three, then switching our boat to the east. Drink. Ready. Go Then we're going to end with two. A one a go marching in C sharp A B A. Let's try it. Ready? Go. Let's try the very last part again to three e to a one a. Let's try it. Ready? Go to a one. Okay, let's try the whole thing. I'll give you some help. We're gonna start up. Bow on the a string. We're going to go a to three e again. A 23 e again a 23 e to a to one. That's the first half. Let's try that. Starting up when you're a ready set, Go three. He again a three e one Last time a three e to Hey, 21 Now our second half, we're gonna start up over again and go to 21 a a to e e three. And then we're gonna finish to three e two a one a. So the second half to 21 a ready go Teoh e three Teoh. 14. Saints Slow: 1234 Go! You know. Ah. 15. Saints Performance: thing, Theo. 16. Twinkle A lesson: place your bow on the a string We're going to play to Aizaz and to ease that's going to be Twinkle, twinkle, Don't forget that each string has a different arm level. Ready? Go. Great! Now we're going to put our first finger on the E string 11 or F sharp f sharp. And then we're gonna pick it up and play E again. This is a little star. Let's try it. Let's put that all together a a e 11 e Ready. Go. All right, Now we're going to do the walking fingers technique. So we're gonna swing your elbow for just a little bit because we're gonna be playing on the A string. You're gonna put your third finger down and we're going to go three three. Switch to to switch one one a. That's how I wonder what you are. So 3322118 Let's give it a try. The section starts up, Bo. Ready? Here we go. Place your to then pick up your three. Place your one, then pick up you to Teoh. Play your open A Let's try that. All at once. Ready? Third finger. Go, Theo. Careful that's left your fingers too high. They should stay nearby. This string. Let's try the whole first half starting from a e e 11 e and then are walking fingers down. Ready? Here we go. Switch. Don't forget. Right where I said switch. You have to change strings and get your third finger ready. Let's try that one more time. Ready? Go! 17. Twinkle B part: the middle part of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has even more walking finger opportunities in it. You're actually going to do it twice? E then 33 switch to to switch one which are only going to play once this is up above the world so high. Let's try that E. Then get your three ready. Here we go. Switch to one. Then we're just gonna go ahead and do the same thing. Tip your boat back. T We're going to go up, though. This time. Exact same thing E 332 to 1. Ready? Go three to one. All right, let's try playing through the whole twinkle. Twinkle, little star, You're gonna go a E 11 e 332211 a. You're going to do that at the beginning and at the end, and you're gonna play the part that we just learned right in the middle. Don't worry, I'll help you. A ready go one three to e. A. Becomes the middle part. Go back, Teoh. Walk three Teoh e Teoh three Teoh. One way. Start over. A e 11 e 332211 A. Uh 18. Twinkle Performance: uh 19. Twinkle Slow: ready. Go.