Teaching videos

The Society produces teaching videos as a service to our members and to the broader viol community. We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions for topics and teachers.

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Some of the older videos on this page are of lower visual quality but the content remains useful. Catharina Meints' Art of the Viol videos from 1986 can be found on the vintage viol pedagogy page.

 

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2019

Finding a Comfortable Left Hand Position

Adaiha MacAdam-Somer shows how to move your hand and arm to place your left hand comfortably on the fretboard, on each size of viol: bass, tenor, and treble.

2019

Everything You Need to Know About Frets

Tobi Szuts demonstrates the easy way to tie your own frets (including choosing the gut, what tools to use, and how to actually tie the knot); how to tie split frets; how to make a tastino; and how to tighten a loose fret.

2019

Practicing with Both Sides of Your Brain

Brent Wissick explains how to practice effectively by using both your "left brain" (intellectual side) and your "right brain" ("feeling" or affective side), demontrating with a variety of vocalizations and breathing techniques.

2018

Sitting with the Viol

Julie Elhard shows how to sit comfortably and pain-free with all sizes of viols (bass, tenor, treble).

2016

No More Tears Approach to Diminution Playing

Pat Neely examines an approach to diminution playing using Schop's Lachrime Pavan and Dowland's Flow My Teares.

2016

Shifting on the Viola da Gamba

John Moran talks about how to make your shifting more accurate and consistent.

2015

String Replacement

John Pringle tells us how to safely and correctly put a new string on the gamba.

2015

Extensions

Lisa Terry tells us what to do with thumb, forearm and hand shape so that extensions are most comfortable.

2015

Getting Comfortable With the Extremes of Your Instrument

Elisabeth Reed shares a lesson to make us more comfortable at the extremes of our instruments.

2014

Micro Memory as a Key to Effective Practicing

Jack Ashworth describes a practice technique he calls "micro-memory", with demonstrations by Gail Ann Schroeder.

2014

A Bow Maker Addresses Questions He's Always Wanted to Answer

Harry Grabenstein answers questions about taking care of your bow.

2014

Choosing a Bow: How We Do It

Brent Wissick, Lisa Terry, and Gail Ann Schroeder discuss how they evaluate and select a bow.

2014

The Bow Hold and Basic Bowing Exercises

Gail Ann Schroeder shares the way she holds her bow and her manner of bowing.

2013

Safe and Accurate String Crossing

Joanna Blendulf's step-by-step method.

2013

Slow on the String, Fast in the Air

Rosamund Morley and "Making Friends with Both Ends of Your Bow".

2013

Fret Tying Made Easy

Charlie Ogle demonstrates his quick and easy fret tying technique.

2013

Doing One Thing at a Time

Martha McGaughey on "Separating Your Right and Left Hands".

2013

Finger Exercises Away from Your Instrument

Improving Hand Strength and Flexibility with Catharina Meints.

2013

Finding Your Optimum Bow Speed & Arm Weight for Each String

Josh Lee explains how it's different for each string.

2011

Feldenkrais®

Craig Trompeter gives a Feldenkrais® lesson showing how to sit.

2011

Bent Out of Shape?

John Pringle gives a demonstration of how to straighten your own bridge.

2011

Strategic Bowings - Part 2

Mary uses examples from Dowland, Marais and Gibbons to address additional bowing strategies.

2011

Exercises for Playing Continuo

David Morris gives us some practical suggestions and exercises for playing continuo.

2011

Expressing Song Text and Meter

Larry Lipnik talks about expressing song text and meter with your bow.

2011

Basics of Continuo Part 1

Margriet Tindemans and Larry Lipnik explain and demonstrate some basics of playing continuo - supporting the soloist.

2011

Basics of Continuo Part 2

Margriet Tindemans and Larry Lipnik. Rhythmic patterns in the bass line.

2011

Strategic Bowings - Part 1

Mary Springfels uses Dowland's "Flow My Tears" to illustrate a variety of bowing strategies.

2010

Yukimi Kambe - Legato Playing

Yukimi Kambe demonstrates how to move the arm, crossing strings smoothly to create a singing voice.

2004

Where Does Your Hand Begin?

Elisabeth Reed on paying attention to your muscles.

2004

Proper Fretting

Brent Wissick explains proper fretting technique.

2003

Plucking with the Bow

Julie Elhard shows you how to put a crisp edge on your bow stroke.

2003

Consort Tuning

Wendy Gillespie shows you how to get your group in tune quickly and accurately; non-equal temperaments are also briefly discussed.

2003

Multiple Bow Gestures

Laurie Rabut demonstrates on the treble viol a method for grouping notes into phrases.

2003

Beginning with La Folia

John Mark Rozendaal uses this popular viol tune to teach bowing techniques to a young student.

2003

Introduction to Reading Tablature

Martha Bishop shows how to read tablature notation and teach yourself lyra viol technique.

2002

Slow Practice with Fast Motion

Brent Wissick demonstrates a method for practicing string crossing with good sound.

2002

Introduction to Pardessus de Viole

Tina Chancey demonstrates the pardessus de viole.

2002

Making a Beautiful Sound

Grace Feldman on treble viol. A beginning method for holding the bow and practicing bow strokes.

2002

Bow Lifting and Replacing

Robert Eisenstein demonstrates a method for practicing getting the bow "off the string."

2002

Finding the Slot

Sarah Mead shows a method for "getting the feel" of where to bow on the string.

2002

Beginner's Arm

Alice Robbins shows us a method for practicing relaxed and healthy bow strokes.

2002

The Airplane

Lisa Terry demonstrates an exercise for bow control she calls "the airplane."

2002

Introduction to the Baryton

Roland Hutchinson gives a demonstration of the baryton with its plucked sympathetic strings.

2001

Beginning Tuning

Lucy Bardo demonstrates how beginners can put their instruments in good tune.

2001

Strengthening the Left Hand

Judith Davidoff demonstrates exercises for strengthening the left hand.

2001

Finger Pressure

Lisa Terry on using the fingers of your left hand the right way, avoiding squeezing with the thumb.

2001

The Gamba Speaks

Sarah Mead shows how to imitate consonant and vowel sounds through different bowing techniques.

2001

No Squeeze, Please!

Julie Elhard gives exercises to train the left hand to NOT squeeze the fingerboard.