Discover how to create new and original music ideas!
Learn how to make arranging your favorite songs fun and exciting!
Develop your skills by following our successful step-by-step practice strategy!
Transform the way you play piano
15 Video lessons ( 1h 37m )
Only need basic violin skills
Learn at your own pace
Step-by-step practice guide
What will you learn?
Lindsey teaches you everything she knows in this class, transforming the way you create music. Learn her fun and creative approach to playing violin and leave the class with a new set of ready-to-use violin and arranging skills.
Cory shares his approach to harmony, improvisation and sound. In this lesson Cory starts by talking about his musical influences and how they shaped him as a musician.
Developing Your Technique
When you sit down at your instrument, it’s important to be warm and comfortable. Cory teaches the importance of being in the right state of mind in this lesson.
Finger Control Exercise
To make sure you can play any idea that comes to mind, Cory teaches that you must have great finger control. This lesson goes over the importance of building up strength & how to do so.
Moment with Cory: Meeting Stevie Wonder
Hear about Cory’s experience meeting Stevie Wonder and the impact that it had on him.
Stride & Ballad Piano
There are different kinds of approaches to playing a song, and multiple ways of handling those approaches. Cory walks us through his approach while playing this style of music.
There are many ways to arrange a piece of music – it’s like choosing candy from a candy store! Learn how to use Lindsey’s favorite arranging tools to create your own musical arrangements.
Cory teaches that melody is the most important part of a song. In this lesson he teaches how to best listen and identify it while playing.
Blues are all about evoking and connecting to emotion. Cory breaks down how he gets in the proper headspace to play and connect to the music emotionally.
Master each Instrument
Believe it or not, Lindsey didn’t start dancing until she was 23 years old! Learn Lindsey’s process for dancing while playing the violin – so you can do the same.
Breakdown: "Trade It All Solo"
Cory spends time describing his favorite Moog synthesizer, including its technical features and advantages. In this lesson Cory explains and demonstrates how he creates sounds often used while playing with the Funk Apostles.
Dealing with Nerves
Collaborating with other musicians can be an amazing experience but requires you to remain sensitive to other’s nuances and be flexible in your own playing. Learn the best ways for you to collaborate.
Breakdown: "Lingus" Solo
Cory shares how this iconic solo, viewed over 20 million times on YouTube, came about. In this part of the course, he goes over how he began to connect with and embody the piece.
Moment with Cory: Growing up in Church
Lindsey spends months rehearsing violin parts, dance steps, and speeches for every show. In this lesson, learn how Lindsey’s rituals provide her with the formula to put on an amazing performance.
Cory shares his story of growing up playing the Hammond organ. He explains his background with the instrument and how his methods of playing have evolved over time.
Cory demonstrates one of his favorite hymns “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” which has a very unique, and strong melody. In this lesson, he walks through different variations of techniques he uses to reharmonize songs.
Learn through a step-by-step curriculum
In addition to our in-depth video lessons, use our course book to drastically improve your skills through our chapter summaries, music notation, and practice guides. It’s an easy to follow curriculum designed to enhance your learning experience and further your growth.
- Think of what artists influence your playing and your style.
- What styles of music have you tried to fuse together in your playing?
Developing Your Technique
- When practicing, use a metronome at an easy, comfortable tempo and break the song “Creepin” by Stevie Wonder into smaller sections.
- Practice a few bars over and over.
- Next, add chords in rhythm over and over, until you match the feeling of the bass to the rocking motion.
- Finally, experiment with both stretching out the chords, and inverting the chords.
Finger Control Exercises
- Start with a very slow tempo on the metronome.
- Listen for both notes being played to be strong.
- When you master the exercises starting on C, move up a half step.
- Since utilizing this exercise in his own practice, Cory feels much more in control of his fingers.
Stride & Ballad Piano
- Practicing at a slow tempo, and playing one hand at a time separating can help differentiate the roles of the hands.
- Practice Cory’s left hand stride piano pattern.
- Notice how rhythm and syncopation drive the stride piano.
- Watch and listen to Cory experiment with different melodic ideas.
- First play a basic one or two bar melody in the right hand.
- It’s important to be aware of the chord tones for each chord you’re on.
- Go slowly, and make changes until you like where it goes.
- The goal is to continue to search for a sound.
- First, learn the standard 12 bar Blues progression.
- Challenge yourself to say aloud which chord you’re playing as you play it to internalize in your mind.
- Try to mimic the feel and rhythmic ideas of a jazz upright bass player.
Performance Breakdown: “Trade it All” Solo
- Whatever synthesizer you’re using, take time to practice and get to know how different combinations of filters and adjustments affect the sound.
- When you’re soloing over chord changes, think about playing in small harmonic blocks.
- Experiment with playing 5ths and different intervals to create musical phrases.
- Don’t forget to start with a framework of basic knowledge of chords, and planning where you want to go in your progression.
Performance Breakdown: “Lingus” Solo
- When soloing Cory starts slowly, he wants the solo to tell a story.
- Another way to build the story arch of your solo is to play with the synth filters to create brighter sounds.
- Don’t be in a rush.
- Cory performs and practices playing the organ in socks, which allows your feet to slide easily between pedals.
- Use a metronome to be precise.
- Practice each part separately before trying to put them all together.
- Find a recording or sheet music of a hymn with the original chords as your framework.
- Be sure to know and internalize the melody of a hymn before attempting to reharmonize it.
- Go very slowly!
- Sustain the chords as long as you need to while changing just one note at a time.
- Have fun!
Learn from the best
Lindsey Stirling is a violinist, dancer, and performer who took the world by storm with her unique approach to arranging and performance. In this class, Lindsey teaches her writing process, how she arranges covers, how to use technical vocabulary in a musical way, and the importance of soul searching so that your musical expression is an extension of who you are.
What students are saying!
Learn why thousands of students are choosing to learn on Yousicplay.
Start this wonderful, fun and so engaging course because it’s filled with the same energy that Lindsey puts into her concert where she wholeheartedly shares her gift with the audience. This class will be educational and entertaining for the person who is making their first step in playing the violin and who needs a foundation and motivation to keep honing their skills!
I have been listening to Lindsey’s music for years now, and I am truly inspired by her success AND her music. I’m so very excited to see you teaching about it 🙂
I loved how easy and practical you made each lesson in this class. Having the practice guides and music notation in the course book was a huge help!!
Wow, what a great offer!!
I picked up my violin again just to learn from her. This class was so much fun!
Definitely a great opportunity to learn to reach for your dreams. Lindsey Stirling is amazing at sharing her musical knowledge and unique style of arranging with others 🙂
I was very excited to start this class cause I’m a HUGE fan of you, that’s why I learned violin cause I want to be like you one day. I feel like I got to know you as a person along with the way you play violin. I can’t wait to start using what I learned from your class in my playing!
I don’t think I can react big enough! There is no one I think is better suited to teach these things. I’ve watched each lesson multiple times and they’re are filled with boundless ideas. I’ve already improved my playing so much by practicing the techniques in this class!