William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

Achieving Great Intonation - Part 1

In this first video of a series, William tackles intonation and its basics.

In this first video on "Achieving Great Intonation," William starts from the basics of the perfect pitch.

Released on February 12, 2014

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Moe on December 20, 2018 @2:24 pm PST
I'm 65 had a teacher for string builder book 1 , & been self taught for 43 years, & just trying to learn 3rd pos. Love your videos thank you,from a 43 year beginner ,could you do a video on stage fright, i can't play in front of anyone ,without blur vision, can't breath, I'm ashamed thank you
William - host, on December 21, 2018 @11:24 am PST
Thanks for the suggestion! I am not a psychologist but can give my 2 cents so will do so in an upcoming video! ps Never be ashamed!
GHennigan * VSM MEMBER * on November 9, 2018 @10:36 am PST
Really really helpful video.Will try to apply to my practice and understanding of scales and chords on violin - getting the hang of them on piano keyboard ( not a piano player unfortunately ) but lost on “seeing” them on violin. Now you’ve helped with seeing, visualizing,feeling, and hearing and have “connected the dots” for me!
I am an adult learner so not very advanced / skilled. ( Even after 10 yrs the youngsters pass me out!). However as I am still slowly progressing I have the advantage of persistence and determination. It would be so nice if you made a very simple video of the basics for adults. It’s amazing how bad habits hamper progress. I am still grappling with basic bowing , movement from the elbow and proper bow-grip. Those who learned as children have no idea of what kind of a mess adults can make of the beginning steps in learning to play violin. I have an excellent teacher who is correcting my bad bowing/ arm movements but I am finding it difficult still - every time I understand what is actually required and train my unruly muscles nd brain to coordinate it becomes increasingly easier to play and play nicely with an improved sound. Long way to go but trying. Love all your videos and hope to make more and more use of them as I learn. Thank You.
William - host, on November 19, 2018 @10:27 am PST
Thank you!
Mr Dimitrov on May 2, 2016 @1:26 am PST
Hello sir,

I would to know what do you think about some questions:
1Do each note have a fix place on the violin like the A4 and other strings?
2Do the violinistes use equal temperament?
3How much notes are used into one octave? If more than 12 then what is highter C sharp or D flat?

Thank you to reply
Cody Bursch on November 5, 2015 @5:58 pm PST
Hello, Professor! Cody, here. I've been watching your videos. I thought you would like to know that I've been keeping up with your teachings from Chapman here at Maine and I think you'd find some good development in my playing if I came back and played for you--hopefully! Ha-ha! Anyway, I hope all is well. Your teachings stick with me!

P.S. If you had any suggestions for repertoire for me--granted you haven't heard me play in a while--I would be very grateful. I've been working on the Mozart's 5th violin concerto and that is what you left me with before I left Chapman.
Park, sugil on September 11, 2015 @12:40 am PST
Hello Mr.William Fitzpatrick..
I am amatuer violin lovoer. You tube has been big bless in learning violin. Of course your instruction is so easy and the method you suggest is effective..How amazing it is that your reselbelence to virtuoso Izack Perlman!! and that you two gradute Julliard and taught by Delay and great players!!
We live in really good time that Internet enables me, Korean, to reach virtuoso like you!
victordovitalia * VSM MEMBER * on July 9, 2014 @12:17 pm PST
Eugenie van Zyl * VSM MEMBER * on April 2, 2014 @7:44 am PST
I now notice Tim's enquiry about an online teacher. Tim, I am with Loralyn from Reddessertviolin.com and it is absolutely wonderful! She is a great online teacher - it is not expensive at all and I have been taken lessons for more than a year with her now AND do not look back one moment!
Tim on February 15, 2014 @5:34 am PST
Can you recommend an on-line violin instructor? I am 69 years old and began studying violin when my son began Suzuki about 38 years ago.


William - host, on February 26, 2014 @8:19 pm PST
I will look around for you and see whats available!
Eugenie * VSM MEMBER * on February 15, 2014 @5:31 am PST
You are a good teacher, thank you William! Although you are a professor, you have the ability to teach in such a manner that I
who still battle to get my playing sounds clear and on the pitch, do not get desponded. I realize once again the importance of practicing scales and knowing the different finger positions.
William - host, on February 26, 2014 @8:20 pm PST
Its all about scales!!!!!
Elizabeth * VSM MEMBER * on February 13, 2014 @1:24 pm PST
I think this video might address shifting in tune more than playing in tune. My biggest problem with intonation is getting my fingers to remember the exact spacing for whole & half steps.
William - host, on February 13, 2014 @7:00 pm PST
Hang in there with me and I think you'll see what I am saying as it relates to those whole and half steps ...
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