For a couple of months now I’ve been following violin teacher Heather Broadbent on YouTube. She has some great videos on her channel BUT her best videos are not public. Her courses with excellent videos are paid, but I think they are well worth the price. In this post I wanted to share what I’ve learned from her courses and violin exercises.
Weekly Violin Exercises
This is a program with 52 violin proficiency exercises, one for each week of the year. I had to pay once and now I have lifelong access to the exercises so I can repeat them each year. I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do, because these exercises will stay useful even when I manage to get to an advanced level. There are all kinds of exercises: string crossings, shifting, nachslags, trills, intonation exercises, rhythm exercises, … Each exercise comes with a video and sheet music to practice. The past two weeks I’ve been practicing the string crossings exercise, and I will keep doing it until I can do it really fast.
Before I say anymore, here is my recording of the violin exercises. In the video I’m practicing:
- Weekly Violin Exercises: string crossings
- Fourth Finger Fitness: 2 and 4 augmented fourth extension
- Etude in A by Heather Broadbent
Fourth Finger Fitness
I very much love her book with exercises to improve the strength and intonation of the fourth finger. It’s 99 pages filled with exercises for the pinky finger. At first I could only dedicate one minute to these exercises and my fourth finger would feel like glowing, exactly like when you go to the gym. Now I can focus on the exercises for 10 minutes or more and my pinky can still do it. I think it became much stronger, I can even do a vibrato on my pinky finger now.
These exercises mainly focus on the relation between the fourth finger and the other fingers so that you improve intonation.
Other books with great violin exercises
– 44 pages to learn 4 important beginner scales
– a structured way to practice scales
– improves intonation