Lora Staples - beginning violin and fiddle expert

How to play slides with your violin (or fiddle)

Helpful tips to perform slides in violin or fiddle repertoire

In this video, beginning violin teacher and fiddle expert Lora Staples teaches how to easily perform and apply slides to any violin or fiddle piece.

Released on April 3, 2013

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Comments, Questions, Requests:

Christie Locke Gammie on May 23, 2018 @12:50 pm PST
Thank you. My daughter is learning the violin and she's been in floods of tears trying to do a slide for the first time in Si Ji Ge. (Grade 2 piece) I will show her your video - I think it will help!!
Kim Taylor on October 17, 2014 @3:13 am PST
Thank you for this!
Fadjar Bastaman * VSM MEMBER * on June 16, 2013 @11:20 pm PST
Hello Lora. It is very useful for me as a beginner. My question is, is playing slides only for pop song (country music etc) ? I like you to teach how to play vibrato. Thank you.
Lora - host, on June 17, 2013 @6:07 pm PST
Great question, Fadjar!
In general, slides are only for fiddle, country, pop, blues, jazz music. But there are ways of putting slides into classical music, such as an "expressive shift" can create a little slide. The main idea is that in classical music, make it more discreet, more subtle.

Vibrato is coming! I am trying to get the class all ready for you!
Fadjar * VSM MEMBER * on June 19, 2013 @2:16 am PST
Thanks Lora, it's great. I am enjoying to practice it as I am auto-didactic.
Greeting from Indonesia.
Lora - host, on June 19, 2013 @5:26 pm PST
You also taught me a wonderful new word! "autodidactic" :-)
Kay S. * VSM MEMBER * on April 9, 2013 @11:11 am PST
excellent learning video; finger movement easily seen with position tapes on neck and close up in focus, the demonstration of the difference in the music with and without the slide very informative, as was the written music overlay after description of when to use the slide in the tune.
Lora - host, on April 9, 2013 @1:20 pm PST
Thank you for the feedback, Kay! I'm glad you value the tapes on my fingerboard....I sort of thought it would be helpful, and it's good to get feedback to the affirmative! Thanks for watching!
JRojas * VSM MEMBER * on April 4, 2013 @10:05 am PST
Next one should be on adding drones!!!
Lora - host, on April 4, 2013 @11:58 am PST
GREAT idea, JRojas! I think I'll do that....drones can add SO MUCH to a fiddle tune, and they are so easy to do!
Rajan * VSM MEMBER * on April 4, 2013 @8:05 am PST
Very useful and wonderful technique. Kids will be benefited greatly by this.It really adds up to the virtual sheet music like an ornament! Thanks to Linda and to Ferrari.Looking forward to more lessons like this in future.
Lora - host, on April 4, 2013 @11:57 am PST
Thanks, Rajan. Yes, I am excited to present some helpful videos to beginners! I am AMAZED at what online learners are able to do!
Linda Engelmann * VSM MEMBER * on April 4, 2013 @6:12 am PST
Congrats on this video project. Thanks for presenting the slide technique in your easy to understand and follow teaching style. Just starting your fiddle lessons, beginning with Golden Slippers. Kudos to Virtual Sheet Music for presenting these beginning and advanced Expert Videos.
Lora - host, on April 4, 2013 @11:56 am PST
Hi Linda! Fancy meeting you here! You know where to find all the good stuff! Fabrizio Ferrari has an excellent idea to recruit specialists, and I"m proud to be in the company of Robert Estrin and Todd Ehle. More to come!
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