William Fitzpatrick - violin expert
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About William Fitzpatrick
William 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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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.
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.
miguel on March 6, 2017 @1:36 am PST
hi william i am amateur violin player and i would like to ask you something about the left hand pizzicato of the 24th caprice .I can play the first part of the 9th variation but i dont know how to play the the second part .can you give me any tip? .thanks in advance
William - host, on June 7, 2017 @11:07 am PST
Hi! Check out my video on "Understanding Left Hand Pizzicato" and see if it doesn't answer your question! If not ask again and I will try to help! Thanks
Marvin Conrad * VSM MEMBER * on February 1, 2017 @10:31 am PST
I love your videos. You have helped me step over plateau after plateau in my increasingly impassioned journey to learn how to play the violin --at least well enough to not embarrass listeners. In a few weeks, I will play "Panis Angelica" with piano accompaniment for my church. I would love to have your input on posture, how to enhance, and not to detract from the effects of the introductory 10 measure piano riff. I will greatly appreciate any thoughts you might have on this, even though it seems such a trivial matter.
William - host, on June 7, 2017 @11:09 am PST
Hi and thanks! You might try looking at my video on "Playing with Piano" but as this is in a church the setup would perhaps be different? In any event if you can immerse yourself in what the pianist/organist is doing and this should keep you focused! Thanks!
Billie Nenninger on January 4, 2017 @12:51 pm PST
Hi, first thank you for your videos. I am 73 years old and started playing violin last year. I have a question about finger placement. I was trying to locate the video you mentioned in your video of 01-04-2017 about Scales of Violin. I cannot find a link to that video. Can you please help me? Thank you, Billie
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on January 5, 2017 @2:17 pm PST
Billie, I think this is the video William mentioned:


I hope that helps!
Elvis on November 17, 2016 @4:40 am PST
I have been seeing various experts doing a kinda butterfly type of bowing pls it would b nice if u did a video explainin dat typ of bowing
William - host, on June 7, 2017 @11:12 am PST
Hi! These are called compensation bowing and yes I will do a video on their use in the near future! Thanks!!
Cheryl * VSM MEMBER * on October 12, 2016 @9:20 am PST
need some advice on how high the left thumb should be, I notice you have larger hands and your left thumb is quite far above the fingerboard. is this all just relative to the size of player's hand?
William - host, on June 7, 2017 @11:14 am PST
Hi and yes it is absolutely dependent on one's hand size.One of the difficulties with learning to play the violin is that their are no 'cookie cutter' solutions. Thanks!
Mina on August 23, 2016 @7:02 am PST
I want to ask what is the main joint for string crossing...is it the wrist or the elbow or both of them
William - host, on June 7, 2017 @11:18 am PST
Hi and thanks for asking the question. From my point of view it begins with the elbow allowing the wrist, hand and fingers to move freely.
Barb * VSM MEMBER * on August 9, 2016 @7:44 am PST
Music theory. I liked your video on how you have to pay attention and you can't just close your eyes to feel the music. I had hopes I could memorize sounds instead of numbers running in my head and now am learning letter notes. How much music theory do I need to succeed and not lose the passion
William - host, on June 7, 2017 @11:21 am PST
Hi and thanks for this huge question! I am planning to do a video shortly that I believe goes to the heart of this question. Basically I believe that being a violinist requires one to translate musical symbols into specific sensory-motor actions while at the same time monitoring the sounds being produced... But as I said I will do a video this in the very near future! Thanks!!!
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