Audition preparation for violin lessons? Accent: An accent in sheet music looks like this: > or this: v and means to emphasized a note with a little force. An accented note will have a “consonant” sound at the beginning of it “k” or “t” Adagio: A slow, leisurely tempo, often considered to be slower than andante, but not quite as slow as largo. Sometimes a movement of a piece of music will be called “Adagio”; Diminuendo: A Diminuendo in sheet music can be abbreviated “dim.” It can also be called a decrescendo (abbreviated decresc. or decr.) This string music terms mean to get softer little by little. This is the opposite of a Crescendo.

Bass: The Bass is the largest instrument in the string family. It is played standing or sitting on a tall stool. The bass is also commonly called the string bass, double bass, stand up bass or acoustic bass. The strings on the bass are G, D, A and E. Basses are available in 1/8 – 4/4 sizes.

Violin parts : Scroll – The violin scroll is mostly for decoration and is in the shape of a paper scroll. This part of the violin is unique to string instruments and is also found on the viola, cello, and bass. The scroll is usually hand carved and ads a beautiful touch to the violin. Hairs – Never ever touch the hairs on the bow. Even if your fingers are clean there are natural oils in our skin that will soil the bow hairs and prevent the bow from playing. The hairs are made of horse hairs (no, the horse is not harmed, simply gets a hair cut)

Miss Laura’s lesson plans include customized practice charts and lesson notes. First, you will receive emailed PDF or spreadsheet practice charts to help keep track of practice. Also, you will receive e-mailed notes about the lesson and practice assignments. Most important, make it a goal to practice at least 5 times per week for the length of your online lesson (25 or 55 min.)

Each student who signs up for one of Miss Laura’s lesson plans will have their very own webpage or practice portal. The practice chart, audio recordings and sheet music will be accessible from the webpage and audio recordings can be submitted to Miss Laura from the page as well. Students can use the practice portal to help with practice and keep everything for their violin lessons in one place. Read even more information at

How to change atrings? Open the new string: Open the package with the new string. Some strings are sold straight and some are coiled in the package. All strings have different colors at each end and the package should tell you which color is which string. Different brands of strings have different colors so make sure to check the packaging before you change strings. For example, with Tomastik Dominant Violin Strings the E 3/string is Purple, A string is Blue, D string is Green and G string is yellow at the tailpiece end of the strings and at the peg end all the strings are purple.