Violin and viola advanced: technique

Course Dates: 18/09/20 - 04/12/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online

This online course is for violin and viola students who want to focus on improving technique. Your tutor will guide you through technical work and pieces from the ABRSM grade 6 syllabus plus a wide range of other repertoire and scales/arpeggios at the same standard. Suitable for students with around 5 or more years playing experience.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

This online course will help you improve your technique and listening skills to play pieces and technical work to around ABRSM Grade 6 standard. We will be covering a wide range of repertoire based around the Grade 6 Syllabus, as well as relevant scales/arpeggios and other technical exercises.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Bow control and distribution, along with good posture to improve sound quality.
Developing confidence in a variety of bowing techniques and different types of articulation.
Consistency in use of the left hand for good intonation.
Playing in a wider variety of positions including 5th and beyond. Developing confidence moving between these.
Playing a varied selection of repertoire to enhance grasp of style.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Change between a wider variety of positions confidently and securely.
Understand how to select good fingering.
Use vibrato tastefully to create a warmer tone.
Use the bow effectively for a consistent quality of sound and a variety of articulations.
Play with sensitivity to different styles.
Play solo and in ensemble with confidence.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for those who have been playing for around 5 years and who are at Grade 5 standard or above.
You should have a secure basic technique and be fluent playing and reading music in 1st and 3rd positions, as well as having some knowledge of 2nd, 4th and 5th positions. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The tutor will direct the group, playing along with the whole class (either with the students' line or an
accompaniment) or listening to individuals play. We discuss technical points and try them out either as a group or individually. You will benefit most if you can practise and play at home 4 or 5 times a week for at least 50 minutes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your own violin or viola kit. Also bring pen, pencil, eraser, notepad and manuscript paper. A folder for
handouts and your notes is also useful. We will use up to 3 textbooks during the year costing £5 to £15 each; the
tutor will advise what these are at the first session. These will be used throughout the year. The tutor will also provide handouts from time to time.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may take this course for as many terms as you wish, to consolidate your technique, develop your
musicianship, and increase knowledge of repertoire and style. There are opportunities for developing ensemble skills
further in Chamber music (1, 2, advanced), Orchestra workshop, String Winter / Easter / Summer schools.
You may wish to support your learning through a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns.
For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: href=""target="_blank">Musicianship and
music theory at City lit
which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog
post Music
history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme
which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and
by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

Tutor Biographies
Robert Puzey

Robert Puzey has enjoyed a varied career teaching and freelancing on violin and viola in London and the South East. He plays with (and jointly runs) The Oberon String Quartet which provides music for weddings and other functions. His teaching includes schools in north London and work with adult string players at City Lit. He also plays chamber music with the Max Bruch Trio. Other playing in recent years has included concerto appearances on both violin and viola, as well as work with the Orchestra of St John's, London Gala and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras. His further activity with amateur musicians has included leading The Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra based in central London. He is now incorporating more conducting for string courses at City Lit and also for an amateur string orchestra in north west London, along with Saturday workshops in north London. At City Lit he teaches Violin and viola classes from beginners to advanced, Chamber music, regular intensive String Schools, and is Principal violin for Orchestra workshops.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: ME143A

Fri, eve, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.