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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JumboAJ * VSM MEMBER * on January 5, 2021 @10:00 am PST
Hi William just simply to thank you for your very warm and encouraging video. I am a longstanding violin player of reasonable standard but now wishing to push on to a higher standard. Your clarity in picking one aspect of the bow hold is wonderful and something I can apply straightaway. I look forward to studying your other videos. Warmest best wishes from England. Jonathan Morris
Robin on December 4, 2020 @6:52 pm PST
I watched your video on achieving intonation and you said a major scale starts with a pattern of whole-whole-half. Yet when you began the scale on the G-string, you began with a half-whole-whole. I do not understand this. What am I missing? Thank you.
William - host, on December 5, 2020 @5:17 pm PST
Hi! Hmm which video are you referring to? Let me know and I will check? ....
Robin L Shen on December 5, 2020 @6:14 pm PST
Thank you so much for your timely reply. The video in referring to is here :
Barbara Pearce on December 3, 2020 @3:40 pm PST
Please can you tell me how I can support my violin as it is hindering me! I have tried sponges, cloths, and 3 shoulder rests to no avail. My violin still needs higher support - what can I do. I am very fed up as my playing would be so much better and easier. Hope you can help me. Thank you. Barbara
William - host, on December 6, 2020 @12:04 am PST
Good thought for a future video. Thanks!
Barbara Pearce on December 6, 2020 @2:48 pm PST
Thank you William but how soon would a future video be do you think, as I could do with one now so I can practice more in the lockdown? It puts me off being able to practice when I have a lot more time and it is frustrating.
William - host, on December 7, 2020 @10:03 am PST
This is a very tricky call as so much depends on your body... let me see what I can come up with for the next video ...
richard castellano on August 3, 2020 @2:26 pm PST
Dear Professor, I have enjoyed your videos and learned a lot from them. I saw the one about whether of not to use a shoulder rest.
I am never able to get the instrument in a comfortable position with a shoulder rest - and have a few and so would like to play without a shoulder rest. I have been playing without one for a week or so and find it so much more relaxing and enjoy the extra sound the instrument produces. Would you please do a video on shifting and vibrato when not using a shoulder rest: supporting the violin, keeping it from sliding away when shifting down, keeping if from moving around when vibrating. thank you
Steve the welder on August 2, 2020 @12:40 pm PST
I'm Steve i want to learn how to play a violin i but i have no funds to give, sorry. I have a skill i can weld anything or i can drive you anywhere or drive you mad. Any take
Mary Cosey * VSM MEMBER * on June 17, 2020 @1:03 pm PST
I am having trouble keeping my thumb relaxed in my left hand. I noticed how it has been aching me so much when I play even a few minutes. Any suggestions or excercises?
Gregory A. Gillis on June 5, 2020 @1:48 am PST
I’d love to take private lessons from you. How can we make that happen?
Anna-Carin on May 8, 2020 @4:20 am PST
Hi, I wonder if there is any way to get rid of the raspy sound that seems to come from rosin. I clean my strings (Eva P gold), I use as little rosin as possible. I don’t mean the scratchy sound from slow bow speed or to much pressure. I find it so annoying that I use ear plugs when I play.
Eugenie Van Zyl * VSM MEMBER * on May 6, 2020 @6:55 am PST
No question this time to Professor Fitzpatrick. We love you! 🎻🎻 You have become our own Miss DeLay! Thank you for all the hundreds of tips you have shared with us over the years in these tutorials on Virtualsheetmusic.com. God bless and keep you safe!
Tesla on April 6, 2020 @8:56 pm PST
Can u teach improv? Most guitar improv players can't read music at all. "It's all rhythm & ear, man. You got it, or you don't." I see violin improv, but this seems to be an advanced violin technique vs basic guitar.
William - host, on April 7, 2020 @11:38 am PST
Ha! Helas I cannot!!! Neither teach nor play in that way! This is though I always admired those who could!!!
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