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Violin Lessons - AMP - Starter Package- Beginner Violin Lessons on DVD with Music Book Written for a Learning Violinist and Fingering Charts, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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You can purchase individual items of the set at a lower price ($39) for a budget friendly way to learn violin while adding to your DVD collection or purchase the Full Set ($99). AMP offers a continuous educational experience with a multiple DVD series collection that supports the learning curve of a budding violinist with a Beginner Series, Intermediate Series, Holiday Series, and a newly published book, Picture Yourself Playing Violin, as well as the online E-mail support with Mrs. Seidel, a professional violin teacher. The Beginner Series is designed to teach the true beginner through the Suzuki® Method how to read music, how to hold the instrument in proper playing and rest positions, develop proper bowing technique, and playing in tune while using the easy to follow fingering tapes provided when you purchase the Beginner Series. Also, the whole family can learn violin for $39, very cost effective when private lessons cost $912 per year for one person. CONTENTS: Bonus Disk (How to Tune, How to Apply Fingering Tapes, How to Bow and Finger the Violin, How to read music) Special Features: -Includes Music Book and Easy to Follow Fingering Charts -Includes 1,2,3,4 and Low 2 Finger Tapes -Interactive Menus -On Screen Musical Notation with Moving Highlighted Arrows to Follow Notes in Rhythm -Slow and Fast Performances of the Lesson Songs -Close Up Views of the Fingering Techniques -Close Up Views of the Bow Hand and Bow Usage with Note by Note Instruction per Song for Correct Bow Placement for Optimal Tone Quality

Product Details

  • Actors: Bridgette Seidel
  • Format: Color, Bargain Price
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Academy of Music Performance
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P209ZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When I retired I tried to teach myself an instrument, by using various self help books, and videos, with no success. I came across a violin, in a Goodwill shop, and thought why not try again to learn an instrument.

It took me a long time to decide on Mrs. Seidel's videos. I was worried about the cost, at first. The price is cheaper than taking lessons in person, but more than most instructional videos. Looking at the more detailed instructions, than on simple one disk instruction videos, and the step by step break down of each lesson plan, the cost is well worth it. There are 3 instruction disks, with a bonus tuning and technique disk Being able to contact Mrs. Seidel, by e-mail, is also a plus.

Mrs. Seidel paces the lessons, breaking the lessons into parts, so that I was able to follow along. Being able to go back and listen to her play and then trying myself, over and over, helped me a lot. The bonus disk helps you to set up your violin and helps you to learn to hold your violin correctly. If you forget the correct way to hold the violin or the correct way to bow the violin, don't worry as Mrs. Seidel reminds you during each lesson.

The best part was that I was able to finally play a song, for my son, and he knew what I was playing. That made the lessons well worthwhile for me.
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I am a 49 year old beginning violinist who teaches sixth grade. I ordered Mrs. Seidel's Beginning Violin DVD after I began my violin lessons last September. I wish that I had ordered this DVD before I started as Mrs. Seidel is an excellent techniques teacher.

I am impressed with Mrs. Seidel's thoroughness. I took some piano lessons when I was young so I know my notes, but the DVD certainly would have taught me if I hadn't. She also teaches slowly enough for a beginner to follow and think at the same time.

The DVD has helped me with my bow position and especially my fingering. I appreciate Mrs. Seidel showing each note of the song separately and then playing the song at a faster tempo so that I know how it should really sound. Frequent reminders about arm and finger postion help to create correct muscle memory for me.

I use the DVD as a secondary teacher. The DVD seems to cover anything my regular teacher misses. I am extremely pleased with the product and would recommend it to any beginning violinist.
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Please be aware that this is only a DVD. It does not come with a music book. Even though the Title is: Beginner Violin DVD With Music Book... The merchant claims the music is on the DVD screen, but it only teachers you to play one very basic piece.The audio on the DVD is also very low. Would not recommend.
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After only 3 weeks of studying with Mrs. Seidel's violin program I was able to study under the master violinist Deb Collins. I didn't know how good I really was, until my new violin teacher handed me Vivaldi in A minor and I played it with confidence. I have been invited to join the orchestra also. So thank you Mrs. Seidel-you made my dream a reality.

I wanted to learn how to play the violin and so I choose Mrs. Seidel's DVD series. Her program was the most thorough on teaching the violin than any other series I have purchased. She actually teaches you how to read music and with clear and closeup video instruction. You can see the finger placements and arm positions without difficulty. What impressed me with her series, is that Mrs. Seidel didn't skip any steps, and like so many other DVD violin teaching series, assume you know how to read music; so their beginning violin is really intermediate. Her beginning series is really starting from the beginning.

I must comment not to give up in only one day. My first 4 days were very difficult trying to master holding the violin and making my bow run down the center space between the bridge and the finger board. My husband even plugged his ears, but on the 5th day, beautiful sweet music begin to flow and my husband actually cried because I was making my dream come true.

A note on the sound quality, it varies from DVD players and computers. The most important thing is that her music is in tune with your violin, which is lacking in other violin instruction programs.

Best Wishes-Catherine Cline-Film Director
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I was really NOT impressed. The sound quality was very poor, not good for a music lesson dvd. It honestly sounded (and looked) like it was filmed in someone's basement.

We purchased this so that my daughter (6) and I could learn the violin together. We found it very difficult to follow the instructions for how to hold the instrument and bow. We didn't even get through the first lesson before we gave up and scheduled regular lessons with a regular teacher. You just can't beat a person in the room explaining what you're doing wrong and how to fix it. Yes, I'll spend more money in the long run, but hopefully, it will be worth it.
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Trust me, if you want to learn violin, get this DVD series!
To be honest, I had my doubts, because I spent time and money on useless books and DVDs (like ABC's of violin) and learned nothing. But after I researched Mrs. Seidel violin teaching methods and visited her website, videoviolinlessons.com (check it out, it's great!), I felt comfortable enough to try her DVD series. I noticed the difference right away, because I was able to e-mail Mrs. Seidel on all of my questions,..and she actually e-mailed me back with a real answer (amazing this day and age), and the DVD lessons are extremely helpful, with well organized DVD menus, crystal clear picture and sound, two different camera angles side by side (full image, and close up of the fingering hand) and the music on screen at the same time! No more, looking back and forth from fumbling with the sheet music and trying to follow the DVD, the way Mrs. Seidel professionally arranged the on screen lessons is BRILLANT! I for one am a true believer in learning violin from a DVD series, and I definitely will purchase the other DVD series.
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