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 orchestras, 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.
The recently recorded album First Time is an end result of this methodology and includes works that have been done by her and her students. It is available on all major music streaming platforms to inspire people to start improvising and composing!
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
How to Hold the Violin
The correct approach for a healthy posture
How to Practice the Violin
Useful ideas for maintaining regular progress
What to Play
Books and methods suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced players.
Transcriptions on demand. One day your favorite can be here too.
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 imslp.org 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
The new album First Time is out! Check it out to hear the works of E-School of Violin players!
“This is a project recorded and produced by a violin teacher and her classical guitarist husband. I am that violin teacher. The pieces in this album are end results of my students’ lessons. I teach theory and composition through the instrument because learning how to play a melody instrument is not enough to enjoy the music that has within so much more. Knowing what it can take to create builds in one a respect for written pieces and develops consciousness when it comes to interpretation. I coach my students during their creative process -most of the time. Before, after, or during. They all have different ways of starting, developing and finishing a piece. Our goal is to figure out what skills are they natural at and how can they have more fun while developing themselves.
About some of the students; this group of talented creative people have the age average of 21, while the age gap is 27. They are from all around the world.
Hava likes to describe herself as “always a student”, Eanna’s favorite color is yellow. Selina has been my student since 2016. Damla has a blog called lotuskalbi.com that came to be with this motto; “If I live my life as an art the signature of my soul will be there”. Henri is currently 14 and has been playing the violin for about a year and a half. However he played the piano for many years so he already had a good idea of how music works.
Enjoy. And get inspired. That’s the most important part.”
Theory of Music
Where magic becomes visible
Beginners, gather! Notes on how to read music
Intervals and how to use them as a creative tool when improvising.
Introduction to chords, how to play chords on the violin
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.
Tools for the practice, fun apps for learning, related sources.