"What makes this program so special is the personal feedback you get from a great violinist and teacher like Nathan through the school's Video Exchange lessons."
- Student, Saki

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Learn Online with Violin Lessons from Nathan Cole

Nathan Cole has created a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of violin lessons. Students have unlimited access to Nathan's entire violin method plus notation and other study materials. 

What ultimately sets these online lessons apart from other offerings however, is the ability to submit a video for personalized feedback using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Nathan Cole reviews each submission and records a video response, offerings tips about how to improve. All students can access Nathan’s Video Exchange library, which may contain the key to unlock your playing.


Top Quality Violin Lessons

  • 100s of violin lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from fundamentals to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
 
Video Exchange® Learning

  • Submit practice videos to Nathan Cole
  • Get custom feedback on your playing
  • Practice the advice and get better faster

 
Worldwide Community

  • Connect with students around the world
  • Learn from everyone’s Video Exchanges 
  • Stay motivated to progress your playing

Nathan Cole Violin Lessons

  • How To Practice
  • Basic Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Fundamentals
  • Beginner Etudes
  • Intermediate Etudes
  • Advanced
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Solo Repertoire
  • Concertmaster Solos

How To Practice

  • Practice Is Repetition
  • Practice Is Rehearsal
  • Practice Is Change
  • Visualization
  • Tools
  • Daily Routine
  • Audition Preparation
  • Audition Timetable
  • Mental Preparation for Auditions

Basic Fundamentals

  • Holding The Bow
  • Sound Production
  • Detaché
  • Martelé
  • Collé
  • Basic Spiccato
  • Basic Hand Shape
  • Basic Vibrato
  • Basic Shifting

Intermediate Fundamentals

  • Bow Changes
  • String Crossings
  • Finger Motion
  • Expressive Shifting
  • Intermediate Vibrato
  • Double Stops
  • Changing The 3 Variables

Beginner Etudes

  • Introduction To Etudes
  • Kreutzer #1
  • Kreutzer #2
  • Kreutzer #4
  • Kreutzer #7
  • Kreutzer #8
  • Kreutzer #9
  • Kreutzer #11
  • Sevcik - Op. 8
  • Schradieck

Intermediate Etudes

  • Kreutzer #12
  • Kreutzer #13
  • Kreutzer #15
  • Kreutzer #16
  • Kreutzer #29
  • Kreutzer #32
  • Dont #1
  • Dont #6

Advanced

  • Advanced Spiccato
  • Sautillé
  • Shift Consistency
  • Natural Harmonics
  • Artificial Harmonics
  • Intonation

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Introduction to Orchestral Excerpts
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 5th Mvt (2nd Violin) mm. 265 - 317
  • Beethoven - Symphony #1, 4th Mvt, opening - m. 22
  • Beethoven - Symphony #3, 3rd Mvt (Scherzo), opening - 2nd ending
  • Beethoven - Symphony #6, 4th Mvt "Storm" (2nd Violin), opening - 2 before Reh. C
  • Beethoven - Symphony #9, 2nd Mvt, opening - 9 after Reh. C
  • Beethoven - Symphony #9, 3rd Mvt, mm. 99 - 114
  • Brahms - Symphony #1, 1st Mvt, opening - Reh. B
  • Brahms - Symphony #2, m. 17 - Reh. B
  • Brahms - Symphony #4, 1st Mvt, opening - 4 before Reh. C
  • Brahms - Symphony #4, 1st Mvt, 2 before Reh. Q - end
  • Brahms - Symphony #4, 2nd Mvt 6, before Reh. E - F
  • Brahms - Symphony #4, 3rd Mvt, opening- Reh. B
  • Brahms - Symphony #4, 4th Mvt, 8 before Reh. B - D
  • Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn Var. 1
  • Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn Var. 5, opening - Reh H
  • Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn Var. 6, m. 274 - end
  • Brahms - Piano Concerto #1 3rd Mvt (2nd Violin), mm. 238-274
  • Bruckner - Symphony #9, 3rd Mvt (2nd Violin), Reh. I - K
  • Copland - Symphony #3, 4th Mvt, 4 after Reh. 90 - 93
  • Debussy - La Mer 2nd Mvt, Reh. 19 - 20
  • Debussy - La Mer 2nd Mvt, Reh. 33 - 5 before 39
  • Elgar - Enigma Variations 2nd Mvt, opening - 7 before Reh. 7
  • Mahler - Symphony #1, 4th Mvt, Reh. 15 - 19
  • Mahler - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Reh. 7 - 11
  • Mahler - Symphony #9, 1st Mvt, 3 after Reh. 12 - 13
  • Mahler - Symphony #9, 2nd Mvt Reh. 25-23 before Reh. 26 (Tempo I Subito)
  • Mahler - Symphony #9, 3rd Mvt, 7 after Reh. 41 - 7 after Reh. 42
  • Mahler - Symphony #9 4th Mvt, opening - 7 after m. 12
  • Mahler - Symphony #10, Reh. 21 - 23
  • Mendelssohn - Symphony #4, 1st Mvt opening - m. 66
  • Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo mm. 17 - 19
  • Mozart - Symphony #35 4th Mvt, opening - m. 37
  • Mozart - Symphony #39, 1st Mvt, opening - m. 14
  • Mozart - Symphony #39, 1st Mvt, mm. 26 - mm. 97
  • Mozart - Symphony #39, 2nd Mvt, opening - m. 19
  • Mozart - Symphony #39, 2nd Mvt, mm. 96 - 108
  • Mozart - Symphony #39, 4th Mvt, opening - m. 78
  • Mozart - Symphony #41, 4th Mvt, (2nd Violin) opening - Reh. A
  • Mozart - Magic Flute Overture (2nd Violin), mm. 16 - 59
  • Prokofiev - Classical Symphony, 1st Mvt, opening - Reh. 12
  • Prokofiev - Classical Symphony, 4th Mvt, opening - 4 before Reh. 52
  • Rachmaninov - Symphony #2, 11 before Reh. 33 - 4 after Reh. 34
  • Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht mm. 310 - 319
  • Schubert - Symphony #2, 1st Mvt mm. 11 - 47
  • Schumann - Symphony #2, 2nd Mvt, opening - m. 54 and coda
  • Shostakovich - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, opening - 2 after Reh. 5
  • Shostakovich - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, Reh. 32 - 3 after Reh. 38
  • Smetana - Bartered Bride Overture, opening - Reh. C
  • Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra, Reh. 3 - 4 after Reh. 6
  • Strauss - Don Juan, opening - 9 before Reh. D
  • Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Overture, 5 after Reh. F - End

Solo Repertoire

  • Introduction to Solo Repertoire
  • Bach - A Minor 3rd Movement
  • Bach - A Minor 4th Movement
  • Brahms - 1st Movement Exposition
  • Mendelssohn - 1st Movement Exposition
  • Mozart - Concerto #4 1st Movement
  • Mozart - Concerto #4 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Concerto #5 1st Movement
  • Mozart - Concerto #5 2nd Movement
  • Sibelius - 1st Movement Exposition
  • Tchaikovsky - 1st Movement Exposition

Concertmaster Solos

  • Bach - B Minor Mass, No. 5 "Laudamus Te", opening - m. 12
  • Bach - St. Matthew Passion, No. 47 "Erbarme dich", opening - Reh. A
  • Bach - St. Matthew Passion, No. 42 (Orchestra 2), opening - m.13
  • Beethoven - Missa Solemnis, Sanctus 4 before Reh. E - 1 after Reh. F
  • Brahms - Symphony #1, 2nd Mvt mm. 90 - 105
  • Dvorak - Symphony #8, Adagio Reh. D - 8 after D
  • Haydn - Symphony #103, 2nd Mvt mm. 84 - 108
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol, 3rd Mvt Reh. H - 10 before end
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol, 4th Mvt Cadenza before Reh. L
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 1st Mvt Opening Solo
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 2nd Mvt Opening Solo
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 3rd Mvt 8 after Reh. K - Reh. N
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, 4th Mvt Solos before Reh. A
  • Shostakovich - Symphony #5, 2nd Mvt 2 before Reh. 57 - 59
  • Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra 7 after Reh. 26 - Reh. 29
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben Reh. 22 - Reh. 31
  • Strauss - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, No. 4 8 before Reh. 45 - end
  • Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake "White Swan" Pas D'Action

Nathan's Reviews

  • "Nathan is excellent at teaching orchestral excerpts. He has thought through them very thoroughly and analyzed the technical aspects. He is able to explain to students how to execute the skills necessary for an accurate performance. Thank you, Nathan, for taking the time to help violinists with the tough world of audition literature."Katrin
  • "Nathan is such a well-expressed, cheerful and responsible coach. His ideas and comments from the videos make us understand the points of excerpts clear and we got motivated to keep work and get improved. It's been a great experience. We get the chance to know different music styles, opinions, ideas and experiences through ArtistWorks." Yinbin Qian
  • "Just being able to watch the lesson videos is invaluable, and Nathan's video responses are insightful and very helpful. For me the lessons on individual orchestral excerpts are of most interest, as my professional goal is to be an orchestra player."Erin Lawson
  • "This is revolutionary! It doesn't get much better than this for violinists at all levels. You won't find such affordable, yet personalized online violin lessons elsewhere, not from a violinist of Nathan's caliber. Nathan is a highly-sought after violin teacher, yet he is only a few clicks away from giving you all the guidance and instruction you'll need to take your violin playing to the next level. For busy violinists and other working professionals alike, Nathan's violin school allows you to submit videos and learn completely at your own pace. The online school also serves as an amazing resource to learn from Nathan's recorded lessons and feedback to other students. Give it a try - highly recommended!"Jason Fong
  • "The type of feedback you receive is very specific and catered to each individual student's needs which is one of the reasons why it's so effective. You get to hear what each excerpt should sound like and Nathan especially makes you aware of what to listen for, giving you a firsthand perspective of what an audition committee wants to hear. The online community is very friendly and constructive and being able to observe the lessons of your colleagues is just as helpful as your own lessons. I find this school to be an invaluable and practical resource for my upcoming auditions!"Jonathan
  • "Nathan is very encouraging and gives very helpful suggestions after he listens to my recording very carefully. His demonstration is fabulous! I can learn how to play from his words and his music! I am very thankful for Nathan and his violin school!"Lipeng
  • "Nathan Cole's violin lessons provides invaluable resources for violinists like me who are preparing for orchestra auditions. It is already amazing to able to see videos and lessons on solo repertoire and basically every orchestral excerpt seen on audition lists, but what makes this program so special is the personal feedback you get from a great violinist and teacher like Nathan through the school's Video Exchange lessons. It hadn't always been possible for me to get expert feedback and find out what the audition committees are looking to hear on each of these difficult excerpts, but the online violin school with Nathan Cole makes that possible at anytime and from anywhere!"Saki
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About Nathan

Violinist Nathan Cole currently serves as First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He previously spent nine seasons in the first violin section with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and also performed as concertmaster in cities throughout the US and Canada.

Nathan grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, and he made his solo violin debut at the age of 10 with the Louisville Orchestra. He later studied violin at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music.

As a performer, Nathan is known worldwide as one of the premier classical violinists of our time. His writing on violin practice techniques and chamber music coaching have been published in magazines as well as online. Aside from teaching violin lessons online at ArtistWorks, Nathan is on the faculty of the Colburn School of the Performing Arts and will teaches audition preparation master classes.

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