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Lessons in This Class

17 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. 3 Orange Belt Intro

    • 2. Orange Kata

    • 3. Boil the Cabbage Lesson

    • 4. Boil the Cabbage Slow

    • 5. Boil the Cabbage Performance

    • 6. French Folk Song Lesson

    • 7. French Folk Song Slow

    • 8. French Folk Song Performance

    • 9. Lightly Row Lesson

    • 10. Lightly Row Slow

    • 11. Lightly Row Performance

    • 12. Wheels on the Bus Lesson

    • 13. Wheels Slow

    • 14. Wheels Performance

    • 15. Buffalo Gals Lesson

    • 16. Buffalo Slow

    • 17. Buffalo Gals Performance

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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 16 lessons in Orange Belt, and over 125 bite-sized lessons and example videos in the complete course, you can level up your violin skills in just a few, fun minutes a day!

In Orange Belt, you will learn how to play: Boil the Cabbage, French Folk Song, Lightly Row, The Wheels on the Bus, and Buffalo Gals.

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!

This course is great if you:

- Have never played the violin before, and want to make sure you're getting the best possible start with a seasoned, certified, yet FUN teacher!

- Already play a little bit, and are looking for a bunch of fun songs to play that are appropriate for your level

- Have always wanted to play the violin, but decided lessons were too expensive. (Private lessons with Caroline or other experienced teachers are $80/hour or more - this course is a bargain!)

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. 3 Orange Belt Intro: welcome to violent karate, three orange Belt this'll courses, Part three and an eight part series designed to take you from zero to violin hero. In this course, we will be learning five songs boiled cabbage, French folks on lightly Row, the Wheels on the Bus and Buffalo Girls, as well as the tools and techniques required to play them. A 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 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 2. Orange Kata: thing. You may have figured out by now that this is the same as your yellow belt kata. Only a little starts on the D string and you'd be right. That's all that's different about it. Give it a try. 3. Boil the Cabbage Lesson: this time we could tell. Learn our first fiddle tune. Let's give it a try. We're going to start out by play. Four potatoes, which is the name for the count off rhythm That fiddler's use down Little up, Little down, Little Up. Let's try this on the A M Eastern. It sounds like this watch. Go ahead and put your boat on the A in the Eastern. Let's give it a try. We're going to go down. Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up. Ready, Theo. All right, Now it's time to play the actual tune. So we're gonna put our first and second fingers down on the A string we're gonna go to to To To To to its exact same rhythm as we played for the count off like this. Let's try it. Ready? Go, Theo. Third finger knife at 12 and three on the a string the same rhythm. Ready? Go second finger ready. First thing, your same thing. Ready. Now we're halfway through. We've got to rhythm to rhythm. Three year them three year them to rhythm to rhythm one rhythm, one rhythm. Let's try this first half together. So 232 and then one. Let's try to ready. Here we go three ways. One thing. Now here's the exciting part. We're halfway through and the second half starts the same way that the first half does a lot of music. Does this especially fiddle tunes, So we're going to go to to do to you teach you 333333 That part is exactly the same. Let's do two in three. This is the second half ready. Go Now we're going to switch it up a little bit for the end. We're going to go to to to. So it's only half of the pattern. Down, up, down. And then switch to one and do the other half the pattern. Up, Down, up. So 222111 Let's try that. Really good switch. Let's try that again. Ready, Teoh. Now we're going T O A. So the whole ending goes 2 to 2111 a a. So pile up your one and two. Let's try that ending Ready? Here we get Theo. Now there's a little tag you can put on the end that goes on the e string. We're going to go three, just one time on your third finger. Then we're gonna pick it up and go to to ease. But you'll notice that I have only my third finger by itself. That's very important. You don't want to be stuck having to put all of your fingers down when all you need is your third finger. So let's try that again. Three. Pick it up and played E then one on the eastern back. Teoh. So we've got three e one e never going to put to all by its off up oh into down but 13 when you put the tag together, goes three e one e 23 And you see what I have my third finger dammit! Also have kept my second finger there because my second finger is going to help me measure to my third finger. This is good violin technique, so we want to use it. Let's try three e one e 23 Ready. Go three e one e 23 4. Boil the Cabbage Slow: What? To ready? Go, Teoh Three on the e string. Uh, three. 5. Boil the Cabbage Performance: who 6. French Folk Song Lesson: French folk song starts with all three fingers we've used. So you're 12 with three piled on the E string. We're going to the three times on your third finger three times on your second finger, and then we're going to go one, two and three. First finger, second and third. Let's give these a try, so pile your 123 up. We're going to go. 333 Good to go. One, 231 of each. So what? 23 Pick them all up and play E really slowly with your boat. This is a nice long notes, so you'll have to go slower with your bow than you would for any of the other notes that we've played in the song so far. Make sure that you're not too far over the fingerboard, because when you go slowly, it's not gonna work out. So you wanna pull closer to the bridge. Let's try that line altogether. You have 12 and three on the E string, so three or a 3332 or G sharp to 2 to 1 or after 123 and then you pick it up and go E don't do this like it just didn't Just trying to show you that this open strength. Just simply pick up your fingers this far off of the strength there on or they just off. Let's give this a try. Three. Really? Go, Teoh? Uh, 1231 of each. Now we're going to do walking fingers down, just like we did in our scale. We're going to go three all by itself three times. Now switch to two. You're gonna put your second finger, tuck it underneath your third finger, then pick up your third finger to to to up bogo a A. Put your one, then pick up your 21 open a. So let's try this. 333 Switch to to to switch 111 a ready. Go 33 Where? The third line. We're going to go a 12 or a B C. Sharp. We're going to do that three times in a row and then end up on our third finger with a nice slow note. So a 12 a 12 a 123 Let's give that a try. Ready? Go! A 12 Teoh Theo for the fourth line. We're going to go. 123 We're not going to go all the way back down to a We're going to go. 123 We're still piling your fingers up. 12312 u three. We do that three times and then we go to E with a nice Slobo. Let's give it a try. One. Go! What? 23 again. One once more. Teoh! Finally, for the last line, we're going to walk down both strings in the past. In the eastern, we've always piled their fingers up. Now we're going to go three by itself. Switch to to switch to one E then on the a string of three, switch to to switch to one A. Let's give it a try. Ready three. Switch to 213 by itself, On the a string s which a A A tag on the very end. One a Ready Go! Uh ah. So goes 3 to 1. E 3 to 1. A one A for the very end 7. French Folk Song Slow: pile of 123 Ready. Set. Go three. You want to three? You, Slobo. Three alone. One thing I E o three. I want you 30 e slowly walk down from three. Walk down from three on a one thing. 8. French Folk Song Performance: way. 9. Lightly Row Lesson: for lightly row. All of our fingers are going to go on the a string, so I won't bother saying first finger and a or first finger I eat because they're all on a We are going to start with their bow on the east drink, however, so we're going to go e 22 and again these air on the A so you can put your second finger down all by itself. Let's try again. E two to go. Now we're going to place her third finger. Then we're going to pick up our second finger and place our first finger so we can go. Three pickup to go. One one. Put your three two in place one. This is sort of a fancy way of walking from 2 to 3 to one e to to three. 11 Ready? Go. Let's try it. Once more. E to to put three ticket 2311 go. You may be wondering Why do I have to pick up my to that way? You won't hear we owe you have the second figure in there. I left it down on purpose so you could hear what happens when you don't pick up your second finger. All right, E 22311 Ready. Go one. Now we're going to pile up our fingers, starting from the A 123 the e. So we're gonna switch strings at the last minute. Ready? Okay, one, Teoh. The second line starts just like the beginning, But we're going to do one more of our second fingers and one more of our first finger. So it'll be e 2223111 Ready? Go, you one. Then we're going to have a to E to 22 So we're only using their second finger for this very last part. Try leaving your second finger down while you play the e string. Let's try that right now. Actually, go ahead. But your second figure on the A, then we'll just play e. Don't play that second finger. Just play E while your second figure is on the a. See if you can do it without touching e string. If you're touching the e string, it'll sound like this. Or like this theme. Horrible. Squeaky said, make sure that you're making a tunnel over the eastern that you're not touching you may have to be a little bit closer to the D String to the third string. Then you are to the Eastern and that's OK. Give this a try. E your second figure down. We're going to use this technique here in this little bit A to leave it there. E even come back to to to to Let's try it a to make a tough e doctor to. So the second line goes e 2223111 a to e to to to Let's try it. Second line Go a You make it son Teoh for the third line or the bridge. Sometimes we call this part of a song, we're going to go five times on your first, but your 11111 than pile up to three. Let's give that a try. Five times go! Whoa! Teoh, we're going to go to again, But we're gonna do five times of that notice while 222223 e Ready. Go three For the last line, we simply repeat the second line B 2223111 Then we do the part where we go A to make a tunnel e 222 10. Lightly Row Slow: one to ready Go! He to 23 one e I want you. We e Second line E Teoh three times three, 13 times a day. You make it, Teoh one Go T o Teoh three e three one. Teoh Teoh. 11. Lightly Row Performance: 12. Wheels on the Bus Lesson: the wheels on the bus is going to start up. Bow on a So we're going to go up on a than 33333 on the A string. We're going to switch toe one and three on the Eastern. Let's try again. Make sure you leave your first finger down. We're actually gonna leave our first finger down for a while. So go ahead and put that down and just think about a staying there. 13 I think we're going to go. 13 same. One different three. We're gonna take the three and put on a string 13 way. Have a 333331313 or in letters. Since we have so many threes, it's easier to talk about it in letters. A d d d d d f sharp a f sharp d ready. Here we go. Let's try it again. Ready? Set, Go A One, 31 three Never going t o e to a e c sharp A like that second finger on the age drink e t a . Then we have three on the eastern three one and then three on a so three and one on E and then three. Honey. So from the beginning you have a 333331313 e to a 313 Let's try that. Ready? Here we go. 313 e. She won the a string three. Harvey 13 Then we're going to start over. We're halfway through. We're going to start over again. A lot of music does this a 333331313 Then it has a different ending. Let's try that. A really go three. What? 31 three. Let's try it again. Samos. The beginning. Really Go! Go! 133 Now are ending Goes E A A and then three on the A string like this. No way you could put your third finger down by itself since we haven't used any of these other guys. E a three 13. Wheels Slow: really set up a three one three 13 e 23 on the one a three 13 13 e three. 14. Wheels Performance: 15. Buffalo Gals Lesson: Buffalo girl starts out a a to E. Let's try it. Ready? Go Then we're going to go one on the East Drinker after they were going to go one of the e string or F sir E Come back to two on the A one. Eat too many. Let's try the whole first part together. A a to e one e two. Ready? Go! Hey, E one back t two on the a string. Next up is E and then three and one on the A string. Ready? Go! Let's try that again. E 31 Ready? Go Theme Hop our first finger over to the e string and go one e and then come back to the A string and play, too. So one e to Betty Go. So the whole first line goes a a to e one e two e 31 hop one e two. The second line starts the same way a a to e one e two exact same thing. Let's give that all a try. Ready? Beginning. Here we go. A a a to e one e to e three on ink one on a hop, your one to the e one to. This is the first line and the first half of the a part. Now we're gonna do the beginning again. A to e one e two for the second half of the A part. Ready? Go, Teoh one e Teoh! Now the ending goes E than three and one on the A string. Ready! Go man! 31 Let's do it again to a zoo. We're going to go a a long This is our first multiparty tune. When I talk about the a part I mean the thing that happens in the music first, when I talk about the be part, I talk about the thing that's happened. Second, in this fiddle tune and in many fiddle tunes we repeat the a part twice and then we repeat the beam part twice. So the whole a part sounds like this a t e one Teoh, he three 11 e Teoh one e three one A. We would repeat that all again, but right now we're going to go into the be part. So we're going to go three to one and e on the e string. Ready? Go! Forget to do your walking fingers. We don't have time to pile them all up. So three switch to to switch to one and e 321 e Make sure this stay street. After that, it's the same as the A part. So instead of going A to e one e two, it's other over going 3 to 1 e, followed by one e two e 311 82. It's all the same for the rest of the first line hears the first line of the being Part three 21 Now here's where it's the same as the a part one Teoh e 31 one he sees exactly the same was the first line of the A part. Except for the first few notes, We're going to do those few notes again. Instead of going A to E, we're going to go 321 e and even ends up on the either only three notes that are different between the a part and the beeper. 321 e And then the rest one e two e 31 a. A is how we end the beeper Just the way we ended the a part. Let's give this a tray. Three. Ready Go three Teoh one e one e two e 318 a three one 16. Buffalo Slow: one to ready Go Hey Teoh one Teoh 321 E one Teoh E 30 E one Teoh 311 E E one e to e three Theme part 3 to 1 e 21 one e to e 311 E Teoh three Teoh one one e to 3321 one Teoh E three one e 321 one three 17. Buffalo Gals Performance: - Theo .