Kréddle Chin Rest Unboxing & Review🎻

Kréddle Chin Rest Unboxing and Review


One of the most popular questions I see online is:

What shoulder rest should I be using as a violinist?


The surprising answer:

The shoulder rest is secondary to the chin rest.


Before you…

😵 I cut my pinky tip before a Nutcracker show 🔪

    TL;DR: Get your Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Overture Violin Tutorial Below and   PSA: Keep your knives sharp...  [Gore alert: this blog post may contain details that are disturbing!] 



There’s a juicer that is collecting dust in a corner of my kitchen.  


How To Practice Scales - Part 2 (Improving Violin Scales - Advanced)

  Why Do We Practice Scales on the Violin?  

In scales, you get to train your technique on the violin, specifically: 

  • position changes  
  • intonation 
  • hand frame 
  • fluency 
  • accuracy 
  • speed

…all things that make you a more consistent and more confident violinist.  

7 Things To Do When Practicing Scales


Why do we practice scales?  

Scales are the backbone of all repertoire - look carefully and you’ll see that fragments of scales are in everything you play!  

Scales also train your technique on the instrument (position changes and intonation, for…

The #1 Thing to Do To Save Time in the Practice Room

  What is the best shortcut for saving time in the practice room? 


Mindless practicing or practicing without a plan will waste your precious time, and worse, cause you to move backwards, rather than forwards, in your playing. 

In order to…

10 Tips for Smooth Bow Changes - Like an 80's Beer🍺?


"Smoooooth, like Molson Golden..."

I remember as a child, my father would often quote from the 80's beer ad. 

(Does anyone else remember these ads?)

I guess their marketing team did a great job if I can remember…

5 Tips on How To Play Three-Note Chords with Power and Depth


Three-note (and four-note) chords come up all the time in the violin literature. 


Some notable examples are: 


Bach Fugues from his Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, II. Fugue


Saint-Saëns Introduction

Bach by the Ocean 🌅[Photos inside!]


It’s sunset on a warm but breezy July evening. 

On the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at the Eastern edge of the North American continent, I have with me a violin, a phone, and a tripod. 


Whales breaching the surface…

Working with Nathan Cole

My Summer Violin Bootcampers are one lucky bunch!

They got to play for Nathan Cole!

Violinists all over the world have seen Nathan Cole's work online. And as First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, not only is Nathan…

Nathan Cole's Fast Rows of Summer

Nathan Cole's Violympic Trials are off to a great start!

Yesterday (May 24th, 2021) was Day 1 of the Violympic Trials and Nathan released his brand new piece of 2021The Fast Rows of Summer to the world yesterday.