LINDSEY STIRLING

Teaches Violin & Arranging 

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 violin

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   15 Video lessons ( 1h 37m )
    Only need basic violin skills
    Learn at your own pace

    Step-by-step practice guide
    Music notation
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   Course Subtitles: English, French

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.

Lindsey's Influences

Lindsey took the world by storm with her unique approach to arranging and performance. In this lesson, Lindsey teaches you how to use your musical influences to find your musical identity.

Warm up Exercises

Having warm hands and properly stretching before playing the violin allows you to play more comfortably and maintain good physical health. Lindsey teaches you the best warm up exercises for practicing.

Lindsey's Songwriting Process

Songwriting can be fun when it’s made easy! Lindsey walks you through her step-by-step songwriting process, from finding initial inspiration, choosing a mood, and creating melodies.

Writing Instrumental Music

Lindsey is known for composing the most creative and unique instrumental music. Learn how she uses song form structure, melodic motifs, and musical nuances to write instrumental music.

Making A Melody Your Own

Whether your melodies are played aggressively with staccato articulations or lightly with legato, this lesson teaches you Lindsey’s easy-to-follow steps to creating a melody that expresses the thoughts in your head.

Lindsey's Favorite Arranging Ideas

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.

Arranging Covers

From adding arpeggios, runs, slurs, different articulations, to octave shifts, Lindsey teaches you how to apply these expressive musical tools to arrange your own covers.

Lindsey's Creative Process

Like everyone else, Lindsey has to come up with new ideas for each song. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use Lindsey’s step-by-step guide to her creative process to create your own songs.

The Dancing Violinist

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.

From Classical to Pop

Lindsey took the world by storm with her unique approach to arranging and performance. In this lesson, Lindsey teaches you how to use your musical influences to find your musical identity.

Collaborating with Artists

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.

Dealing with Nerves

Does a global violin superstar like Lindsey Stirling still get nervous before performances? The answer is, YES! Lindsey shares her process for how she deals with her nerves, so you can learn how to as well.

Preparing for A Show

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.

Performance Breakdown "The Arena"

“The Arena” is one of Lindsey’s most popular songs, but also one of the most difficult to perform. In this lesson, Lindsey breaks down the violin parts and songwriting elements of “The Arena”.

Advice for Aspiring Violinist

Lindsey’s offers her number one piece of advice to all musicians – have fun throughout your musical journey! In these closing remarks, Lindsey shares the importance of finding inspiration that serves as a driving force for your art.

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.

1

Lindsey’s influences
  • Find inspiration in the things that move you emotionally.
  • Perform song covers you like. Write new melodies and make them your own.

2

Warm Up Exercises
  • Before playing, ensure your hands are warm. Stretch your wrists, shoulders, and neck.
  • Slowly play through Lindsey’s warm up exercises while maintaining good intonation. 

3

Lindsey’s Songwriting Process
  • Improvise unique phrases over music that you like or with other musicians.
  • Determine a tonal center based on the mood of the song. 
  • Record a chord progression as the foundation to write melodies over.

4

Writing Instrumental Music
  • Determine a song structure to use as a framework.
  • Compose short melodies that will serve as the “A” and “B” phrases for each section.
  • Add variety, embellishments, articulations to your melodies when the form repeats. 
  • Use cohesive musical phrases to connect each section of the song.
  • Stay true to the inspiration of the song and use that to guide your choices.

5

Making A Melody Your Own
  • Choose a mood to base your musical decisions around.
  • Improvise over a chord progression to find the melodic notes you like.
  • Experiment with different articulations, tempos, and melodic shapes.
  • As your writing, think about how these expressions might be perceived by an audience and ensure this is in alignment with your vision.

6

Lindsey’s Favorite Arranging Ideas
  • Experiment with different registers, adding embellishments, or changing articulations.
  • When choosing the register, consider the tone color you want. For example, the uplifting nature of moving from low then high.
  • To preserve familiarity of the original phrases, have the main parts of the phrase fall within the same metric position.

    7

    Arranging Covers
    • Begin by making a list of all the expressive tools at your disposal as a musician.
    • Find music that you want to make a cover of. Then, consider inserting some sort of inspiration to guide your arranging choices.
    • With a clear intention and a working knowledge of the tools available to you, start to inject some of these arranging techniques. Try to strike a balance between preserving enough of the original melody so that it is recognizable while learning to add your own creative ideas.

        8

        Lindsey’s Creative Process
        • Continue to take notice of the expressions that resonate with you.
        • It is important to soul search in order to understand who you are as an artist and what you wish to say. 
        • Choose a source from which to give direction to your writing. Whether it’s hardships or overcoming obstacles, this source should align with the ideas you wish to convey.

        9

        Dancing Violinist
        • Begin small by learning rudimentary steps that are in time with the music you wish to play.
        • Continue to develop your dance repertoire without the burden of having to play theviolin at the same time. 
        • When playing the violin, ensure that you are able to effortlessly play through the music without dancing.
        • Only after internalizing these previous steps, begin to slowly incorporate your violin playing with the dance.

        10

        From Classical To Pop
        • Try to place yourself in spaces where it feels safe to be creatively expressive.
        • Think of ways to expand your exposure to other forms of music and do not limit yourself to the music you play now.
        • Begin then to seek out ways to increase people’s awareness of your art.

        11

        Collaborating with Artists
        • Reach out to other artists whom you would like to work with, whose work you admire.
        • Consider your strengths as an artist and the stories you want to tell through your music.
        • Tap into your “inner child” and think about areas that motivate you creatively and find ways to implement this into your artistry.

        12

        Dealing with Nerves
        • Begin with visualization. In your mind, making it seem as real as possible, run through a performance in which you play perfectly.
        • Seek out opportunities in order to perform more often for people.
        • Before performing, find a quiet space where you can collect your thoughts.

        13

        Preparing For A Show
        • Prior to every performance, ensure you are well rehearsed.
        • Plan ways to create special moments within your show that’ll connect with your audience.
        • Try to strike a balance between having fun and seriousness in your pre-show routine.

        14

        Performance Breakdown: “The Arena”
        • Compose a piece inspired by an idea or experience you care about.
        • Create an arch in your song by incorporating ebb and flow in your composing to add dramatic shifts in the narrative you are conveying.
        • Use contrasting themes from section to section to provide a sense of journey in terms of feel, articulation, and dynamic.
        • Compose embellishments for any repeated sections to help retain listener interest.
        • Add depth by using countermelodies, shifts in octave, and double stops to enhance a feel.

        15

        Advice for Aspiring Violinists
        • Begin to think about the art that inspires you.
        • Find ways in which to view, listen to, or collaborate with the works of other artists.
        • Practice being patient with yourself.
        • Remain resilient in your pursuits as an artist and trust the process. From each experience an artist can learn more about themselves and what they wish to convey in their art.

        Learn from the best

        LINDSEY STIRLING

         

        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!

        shevchenko2109
        @shevchenko2109

        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!!

        Niamh Woulfe
        @tempestniamhwoulfe

        Wow, what a great offer!!
        I picked up my violin again just to learn from her. This class was so much fun!

        David Gerull
        @davidgerull

        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 🙂

        Charles Reitterer
        @charlesreitterer

        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!

        Maribel Olivas
        @maribelolivas

        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!

        Remington Wright
        @remingtonwright

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