What do you get for your money in Violin Master Pro?

July 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Violin Master Pro

If you want to learn to play violin, you have come to the correct place. The course consists of 21 video lessons in which you are taken from how to hold a violin bow through to the last two videos, where Eric Lewis has stopped teaching and demonstrates some of his virtuoso skills, put to such good effect in his career with the Manhattan String Quartet. That, I admit is rather beyond me at this stage – but inspiring none the less!

Whether I end up a virtuoso Violinist or not is open to debate. But, if I don’t, it will not be the fault of the Violin Master Pro course or its author. The website itself really does not do the video course justice. The presentation skills of Professor Lewis are excellent and the camera work captures the essence of everything that he is trying to impart. The videos are not overly long and are broken into single session steps that allow you to watch and try out and achieve in relatively short half hour bursts.

The Violin Master Pro course is delivered online but allows you to download the materials so that there is no need to have an online Internet connection when accessing the course. The main part of the course is the video tutorials but there is a wealth of other material, both written and audio. This includes written classes, sheet music and access to online digital music for backing tracks and accompaniment.

My recommendation is to have a go. There is a 56 day money back guarantee. So, if you don’t like it, you can get a refund. The payment system is secure and the payment processors have impeccable Internet credentials. In the very unlikely event that you require a refund, the process for obtaining it is clear and simple. Having totally removed the financial risk you are now only minutes away from being able to download a really excellent “learning music online” course.

One further point – the course purchase gives you lifetime membership of the Violin Master Pro membership website, where additional materials are added and through which email support is provided. I posed a question last week and they responded, as promised within 24 hours.

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Eric Lewis – Teacher and Virtuoso

July 21st, 2010  |  Published in Eric Lewis

I thought I’d write a few words about the maestro himself. The course is very much about Eric and the Eric Lewis method to learn to play violin, so a little background might be useful. He is a native New Yorker to quote the title of a 1970s disco hit. His early musical training was at the Manhattan School of Music where he received both Bachelor and Master performance degrees.

He studied with the late Rachmael Weinstock, a violinist who specialized in chamber music. Professor Weinstock was the first violinist of the Manhattan String Quartet in the 1930s, 2nd violinist of the Roth Quartet in the 1940s and a member of the New York Trio in the 1950s. Right up to his death in 1996 at the age of 86 he was renowned for his talent as a violinist and equally importantly as a fine teacher, having been Professor Emeritus at the Manhattan School of Music.

Eric Lewis carries the tradition of fine playing and teaching forward to this day. The Manhattan String Quartet had disbanded in the late 1930s but Lewis and 3 contemporaries relaunched the group in 1968 and it has been playing now for over 40 years. The current ensemble also includes Calvin Wiersma, another violinist, John Dexter, who plays the viola and Chris Finckel their cellist. As well as playing 1st violin in the Quartet, Eric Lewis also plays with other ensembles and is a soloist and conductor in his own right. He has toured the world and has made several critically acclaimed recordings and his performances span the repertoire from classical to contemporary works.

As well as an accomplished performer, Eric Lewis is also a renowned teacher. He is Professor of Music and Director of Chamber Music and Orchestral Studies at Western Connecticut State University and spends much of his time traveling and training young violinists. He is committed to helping the performing careers of young artists and has performed over a thousand concerts especially for children. The Violin Master Pro video classes is another form of Eric’s delight in spreading the gospel of good musicianship and has seamlessly moved his music classes online.

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Violin Master Pro – Scam or value for money?

July 19th, 2010  |  Published in Violin Master Pro

I don’t like the word scam. It obviously has nasty connotations and I apologize for using it. However it is important to know, before parting with your hard-earned cash, whether you are spending it wisely or whether the author of the offer, Eric Lewis, is “taking you for a ride”.

I can answer the first part of the question “is it a scam?” in one word. No, it’s not a scam. The second part “is it value for money?” is easy too. $30 wouldn’t buy you more than one hour’s private music tuition – so you can’t go far wrong with a complete audio-visual course for the price of a one hour lesson! I have enjoyed (and am still enjoying) Violin Master Pro and the video tutorials are very clear and easy to follow.

The website itself, where you are introduced to the course, starts with a great short video of the violin being played. It whets the appetite. There’s a very brief verbal introduction where you are assured that the course caters for all standards and all styles of playing and this is followed by two further audio clips, illustrating contrasting playing styles – Jazz and Bluegrass. The sounds are great – I wanted it straight away!

The course itself encompasses every style of playing that you can imagine. Do you want to play Country, Folk, Hip Hop, Rock, Latin, Pop, Jazz or Classical? Eric is obviously classically trained but he is keen to open up his art to people from all walks of life who want to use the violin to express themselves with many types and styles of music.

Whether you are a complete beginner or already able to play, the first few lessons will be of immense value. Details such as muscle relaxation and posture are important foundations for the successful development of your talent. These then move into a seamless series of building blocks to develop your playing at a pace at which you are comfortable.

Don’t get me wrong, this course is not some magic bullet that is going to turn you from novice to Yehudi Menuhin in a matter of weeks. Improvement only comes with practice and dedication and practice and yet more practice. However, if you have the desire, then Violin Master Pro will definitely set you on the right track.

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