16 episodes

Violin Class is a podcast for the non-professional violinist and violin enthusiast. Join me to learn what you should know about the instrument, technique tips, practicing, the repertoire, and history of the violin, from the perspective of a professional violinist and violin teacher. Hosted by Julia Reddy, www.violinclass.co; contact: violinclasspod@gmail.com

Violin Class Julia Reddy

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    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

Violin Class is a podcast for the non-professional violinist and violin enthusiast. Join me to learn what you should know about the instrument, technique tips, practicing, the repertoire, and history of the violin, from the perspective of a professional violinist and violin teacher. Hosted by Julia Reddy, www.violinclass.co; contact: violinclasspod@gmail.com

    A newbie’s guide to live classical concerts

    A newbie’s guide to live classical concerts

    Sign up for the Violin Class Insiders newsletter to read the full show notes, written parts of this episode, and some bonus content at  violinclass.co/newsletter
    New to classical music? Start here!
    The classical world is a bit intimidating if you're just starting out, but attending a live concert is one of the best things to go out and see if you're learning the violin.
    Listen to learn audience etiquette, the best places to find local concerts , what type of concerts you should see for your first show, how to find affordable concerts, and much more. You'll also hear how to get the most out of your listening experience as someone studying a classical instrument.
    You can contact me directly at violinclasspod@gmail.com

    If you would like to support the show, you can donate here.
    This podcast is a one-woman operation and uses no affiliate links or sponsorships, so your donations are what keeps this show running and available for free. Your support will help to cover the costs of hosting, the website, and other recurring fees, as well as the many hours of research, recording, and editing. Thank you so much for your support!

    • 27 min
    Setting up your space for violin practice

    Setting up your space for violin practice

    Do you have what you need to have a successful violin practice? Listen to find out what you need to set up your space (spoiler...it's not much).

    In the second half, I cover some ideas and solutions for those of you who have to be mindful of your noise production (thin walls, roommates, neighbors...)

    • 22 min
    What learning the violin as an adult is REALLY like || Student stories: Andres

    What learning the violin as an adult is REALLY like || Student stories: Andres

    In this episode, my private student Andres shares his story of how he came into the violin 5 years ago without any previous musical experience, and how he's been able to establish a consistent practice over the years while balancing with a demanding career. 

    Andres shares his process and practice tips, what the violin means to him, and how he's kept on going through the challenges. He also discusses how performing has made him a better violinist, and his advice for someone who is just starting  in their violin journey. 

    If you're just starting to learn the violin as an adult or have been playing for a few years, this episode is for you. 

    Student stories #2 - Andres 

    • 41 min
    Why classical violinists don't improvise: A history

    Why classical violinists don't improvise: A history

    Classical violinists are expected to have the skills to play virtuosic repertoire, beautiful melodies, and sight read almost perfectly...so why can't most improvise over simple chord changes? The history is pretty fascinating!

    Sources: 
    The Decline of Improvisation in Western Art Music: An Interpretation of Change -Robin Moore
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/43873094?seq=1
    Ferand, Ernst T. “Improvisation in Music History and Education.” Papers of the American Musicological Society, 1940, pp. 115–125. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/43873094. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.
    Ivor Keys - Mozart, His Music in His Life
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    Recommended listening:
    Stephanie Grapelli & Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CDoJFmdFgA

    • 18 min
    5 mistakes you're making in your violin practice

    5 mistakes you're making in your violin practice

    These are the top 5 mistakes that we all make when practicing violin, and some tips to correct them.

    • 19 min
    The science of violin repairs, feat. luthier Ian Christian

    The science of violin repairs, feat. luthier Ian Christian

    Today we're discussing important things that you probably haven't thought to wonder about-- like how humidity and your climate affects your instrument, what you should be communicating to your luthier when getting repairs. Luthiers know way more about violins than violinists do, so you will definitely learn a lot of new things in this episode!

    You can find Ian Christian here:
    Instagram: iclutherie
    www.iclutherie.com

     Products mentioned (not sponsored, not an affiliate links):
    Acurite humidistat : https://www.acurite.com/shop-all/weather-instruments/thermometers-and-hygrometers/humidity-temperature-monitor-00613.html

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

meroh999 ,

Love it

Love it! I would like to know what 4th finger video Olivia was using!

jbviolinist ,

Ready to dust off my violin

I began playing violin at age 9, playing through college and a bit beyond. I’m now almost 50 and am now wanting to dust off my violin and take it up again. I’m a new listener, but I have enjoyed the tips provided. Right away I jumped to the episodes of how to get back into it. I’ve also considered dabbling in Irish fiddling, so I love that there is an episode on that too. Most importantly, the podcast is very down-to-earth and not condescending. I’m really enjoying it!

Chris PNW ,

There’s really nothing else like this!

The adult student/learner is severely underserved. This podcast, though, caters to the adult and I look forward every episode!

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