CordaSonora E-School of Violin

Home to exciting learning materials and song transcriptions for all levels of players.
Health Comes First

A relaxed violinst does not get tired easily!
Tips for body and mind for all levels of players

About the Violin

Parts, history and system of the violin

Choosing a Violin

What to look for when getting your first violin or upgrading to a better one.

Esin Yardimli Alves Pereira is an active violin and viola performer and instructor. She helps her students go through their unique paths, shaping the structure of the lessons carefully around the desires of her students.
Esin teaches her students to be their own teachers, make their own choices, find out solutions on their own. The less they need her, the better.
She is professionally performing with classical orhcestras, early music ensembles, folk bands, rock groups and jazz ensembles. Her desire was always to learn the instruments, to be able to make music with it, in respect to each and every style where the violin or viola can fit.
Embracing the music theory in a practical sense, she likes improvising and composing with her violin and viola as well. She loves the fact that the tools a violinist have at hand can be used for personal creativity as well as embracing a composed piece and she does her best to pass on this ability to her students.
She is currently based in Porto, but no worries if you are not nearby! She also teaches via Skype!

You can see and hear more about her in her portfolio.

Letters from Students

Your Oppinions Matter
From Alessandro
From Gloria
From Carin
From Vera
From Metehan
From Selina
From Angela


How to Hold the Violin

The correct approach for a healthy posture

How to Practice the Violin

Useful ideas for maintaining regular progress

Repertory Suggestions

What to Play

Books and methods suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced players.

Wishlist Repertory

Transcriptions on demand. One day your favorite can be here too.

Quick Tips

For just a few styles of playing the violin

When going classical, don’t limit yourself to the first edition of scores you find. If you have the passion for it, go to check the manuscript if there is any, to see if bowings and dynamics of the edition you have were made by someone with a “personal passion for fantasy” or a “practical sense regarding the ways of the period and geography the composer is from”

When going jazz, playing through written transcriptions teaches you a lot, a lot, a lot. But making the transcriptions yourself teaches you a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot (I can go on with this more than you can imagine). After your 5th transcription or so, you will develop a nice pace and things will get easier. So when you can, pick up the pen and paper or the music software instead of going for the omnibook.

When going traditional, if you are going for fast pieces, do practice slowly as well. When you learn a tune, it gets easier and easier to play it fast. So fast that you can stop thinking about the music and it becomes an automated movement of your muscles. Slow down and smell the flowers. If you are going for slow pieces, be alert about when and how do you do vibrato. The unconcious “default vibrato”, “shines” the most in folk ballads. By not doing it you already level up.

When going “a style”, keep an open mind for the other styles as well. Learning how to play the violin does not mean you can only learn a single type of music. May it be classical, early music, jazz, folk, pop, rock, metal, each style you learn will provide richness to your choices of sound, types of vibrato, bowing techniques, etc.

Compositions from Students

Some of the many productive results of Esin’s students. Contact me for full size scores and other pieces from them.
Pieces from Damla
Adım Adım
adim adim
Gece Kedisi
gece kedisi

Pieces from Éanna

A Celtic Castle
A Celtic Castle-page-001
Blue Book
The Blue Book-page-001
The Boat
the boat-page-001
Under the Yellow Dot
under the yellow dot-page-001

Theory of Music

Where magic becomes visible

Theory 101
cordasonora e-school of violin

Beginners, gather! Notes on how to read music


Intervals and how to use them as a creative tool when improvising.

Basic Chords

Introduction to chords, how to play chords on the violin

Skype Lessons

Contact Esin for a tryout lesson for free!

Online lessons are the next best thing the technology provided to us. Skype is the most used option when it comes to facilitating one-to-one lessons. The main advantage of using Skype is that even the free version provides easy acces to screen sharing and lessons can be recorded easily for watching later on.
Music score writing programs such as Sibelius helps the lesson to develop easily. By shared screen of Esin, students can see the scores when focusing on specific bars of a writtten music, or talking about improvisation, composition and theory related subjects. The two can develop a score together on the spot, take notes on it, and the score turns out (to be honest) much better written than a hand written score. After the lesson the result can be printed. Or (save the trees!) can be seen on screen, on IPad, etc. as .pdf file.
Teaching via camera provides focus on different angles when holding the violin and the bow, which helps to gain awareness in details. Posture related topics can be discussed with most clarity, and by giving examples as related to the individual as possible, Esin helps her students to gain control over their body.
All techniques such as vibrato, trill, position shifting etc. as well as right hand techniques to personalize your sound can be learned via one-on-one online lessons. Exercises with or without the instrument guided by Esin gives a student all the tools to maintain newly learned material.

First timer to online lessons?

Even if you don’t have a Skype account, it is possible to start the tryout lessons as soon as possible! Just download Skype from its official site. You don’t have to register, or create an account. CordaSonora E-School of Violin students have a common account for their first lessons. Simply contact Esin for the ready made Skype account information to start your tryout lesson.

Useful Links

Tools for the practice, fun apps for learning, related sources.

Ask Esin

Contact for practice material, receiving Skype lessons, send video to receive feedback