William Fitzpatrick - violin expert
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About William Fitzpatrick
William FitzpatrickWilliam Fitzpatrick is one of those rare gems who is not only an accomplished violinist himself, but a world-renowned, sought-after teacher as well.

Following his studies with Stephen Clapp of the Blair School of Music in Nashville, TN, William graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy Delay and served as the assistant to Robert Mann and Claus Adam of the Juilliard String Quartet. Prior to his current position as Henri Temianka Professor of Violin at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University in Orange, CA, as well as serving on the boards of the Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles Ca., and the Parnassus Society in Irvine CA, William served as the assistant conductor with the Nashville Chamber and Symphony Orchestra; was the founder and conductor of the L'Ensemble des Deux Mondes in France; and founded MusiShare Inc. and its Young Artists program, which provides educational and performance opportunities for the world's next generation of talented classical musicians.

William has performed as violin soloist with such orchestras as the American Symphony Orchestra, and has performed and recorded alongside such famed artists as Gaby Casadesus, Elliot Fisk, Claude Frank, Itzhak Perlman, Emmanuel Ax, Ron Leonard, Patrice Fontanarosa, Karl Leister, and even the renown French actor, Richard Bohringer, in the stage production "Coetse." For 100 performances, William served as violin soloist in Glinsky's "Rhapsody" for violin and orchestra - part of the Joffrey II ballet's "Flights," choreographed by Leslie-Jane Pessemier.

William has published numerous highly-acclaimed books, has created several videos for Virtual Sheet Music since 2013, and teaches master classes all over the world. His students carry on his commitment to excellence, and have been honored with acceptance to some of the world's most prestigious music camps and institutions.
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Carmelo Hugo Pedace on January 31, 2019 @1:59 pm PST
Pleace, traslation yours lesso at the spanish.
Thank you.
Muchas gracias.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on January 31, 2019 @4:27 pm PST
Thank you Carmelo for your request.

Unfortunately, at the moment we are unable to translate all text transcriptions into Spanish, but I can suggest you copy and paste them into Google Translate:


It does a pretty good job!

Thank you for your understanding, and please, let me know if you have any further questions.

All the best,
Regina Parham on January 12, 2019 @6:44 am PST
Thank you...I watched your "Achieve Perfect Intonation on the Violin_Part 1" and was literally left in tears of joy and utter relief. I began music instruction on piano as a small child and always had immense problems with anything containing a number, never understanding scales and chord structure. I'm sure you can see the issue. I am in mid sixties now and have not played as an adult but have wanted to play violin for many years, beginning lessons last year. Your explanation in this video made sense and was like turning on a light in a dark room. Thank you, Sir. My best wishes to you. Regina Parham
Oleg Piryazev on August 9, 2018 @6:32 pm PST
Professor Fitzpatrick,
I’m Oleg Piryazev, just Oleg for You Sir. I’m 69 y.o. and violin beginner. Yes..., sorry!
I have a few questions for you and this web format is not for a long conversation. Is it possible for me email to you? Please leave your answer to me on my email address
Thank you.
William - host, on September 5, 2018 @11:16 am PST
Oleg on September 5, 2018 @12:13 pm PST
Thanks to you too!
Rondo Bernardo * VSM MEMBER * on July 19, 2018 @3:23 am PST
Hello W Fitzpatrick
Any chance of having a video made of how to tackle Beethoven's Romance in G Op 40, with special emphasis on the double-stops.
I appreciate all your video lessons with your practical analysis.
Regards and thanks
Rondo (a mature octogenarian violinist, still performing)
William - host, on September 5, 2018 @11:15 am PST
Hi! Will do a video on double stops for sure! Thanks for asking!
Eddine on June 8, 2018 @11:32 am PST
Hi william,
I want to start learning violin so I find out your interesting videos , but i really dont know from which ones should i start and which is order should I follow to learn from 0 --^
miguel on May 7, 2018 @6:24 am PST
hi community i want to feel free here to ask a question. HOw can i play chords in paganini caprice nº1. I have no clue anyone can help me here thanks in advance. what fingers to use ??
William - host, on May 7, 2018 @11:35 am PST
Hi! This is a big question! Basically the first chord is fingered 4-3-1-0 but there is a lot more to it than that so ... look for a video shortly!
miguel on May 8, 2018 @6:10 am PST
thanks professor but i was talking about the descending chords d, c, b etc after the very high G i mean the passage with descending chords not the arpegios thanks
miguel on May 10, 2018 @6:12 am PST
sorry for my english i was talking about thirds double stops thanks
RENNIE on May 4, 2018 @10:00 am PST
Hi William,
I am 20 years old and I am from India. It has just been 3 months from the day I started my violin playing. I really don't have a Western classical violin teacher. The major problem which I am facing is that my bow is bouncing and shaking. I improved a bit by viewing some youtube videos. But, still I find my bow shaking especially when i do down stroke. So, please give me a perfect solution for this. If you had already posted videos on this please send me the link and thank you for all your videos and support.
William - host, on May 7, 2018 @11:39 am PST
Shaking is a big issue.... careful not to squeeze the bow for starters... will consider a video for this as well!
Sue Porter on March 20, 2018 @12:11 pm PST
Violin dynamics--seem so much more subtle than piano dynamics, as the piano can whisper or thunder in a bigger spectrum. I'm guessing many violinists are guilty of neglecting dynamics in focusing on other pressing details, but tips on this would be most welcome. I suppose, just like piano, you simply figure out what's the softest and the loudest you can play and scale everything accordingly. Thanks so much for your most generous sharing of expertise in your videos.
William - host, on May 7, 2018 @11:37 am PST
Hi! Basically its through point of contact! Need to do a video on this as well!!!
Kikki on October 11, 2017 @6:59 pm PST
Mr Fitzpatrick did not mention Wohlfahrt and Mazas, which are included in the curriculum of many music schools or academies. How would these compare with the ones he included in his list? And also, he seems to imply that one has to go through all the 210 etudes he mentionned. Is this really needed? May be picking one or 2 etudes in each category would be enough?
William - host, on October 23, 2017 @3:13 pm PST
Hi! What I have presented is to be used as a guide not to be followed one by one... One needs to determine what they need and where to start from ... its not a cookie cutter solution ... As for Mazas etc... I do not use them.
James Miller * VSM MEMBER * on October 11, 2017 @6:46 am PST
Where would Wohlfahrt and Sitt fit into your level of difficulty in your etude path?
William - host, on October 23, 2017 @2:59 pm PST
Hi! They do not as with etudes I start with Kayser. This is preceded by my Melodies book and begun with my Chansons (French) or American songbook.
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