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The Violin Geek Podcast

Laurel Thomsen

Welcome violin geeks everywhere (or viola, fiddle, cello, guitar, trumpet...)! With all the detail and troubleshooting of a private lesson, violinist and violist, recording artist, author, and string teacher Laurel Thomsen shares daily discoveries, insightful interviews with top performers and music industry leaders, and tips for practicing, polishing, and becoming the best musician you can be. Ep... more

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Latest Episodes

What is shifting? How do we make our shifts more accurate and clean? If we're just beginning and not ready to learn how to shift yet, what can we do to ensure we'll be ready when the time comes? Join me as we dive deep into the nuances of shifting te... more

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9 days ago

Many of us were drawn to play the violin, viola, or cello because we'd heard playing that brought us to tears, filled us with joy, or expressed a feeling that we couldn't even describe with words. Truly, there seems to be no limit to the emotions and... more

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a month ago

It's frustrating and disheartening when all our preparation in the practice room doesn't make it out onto the stage. Instead of presenting the polished piece we've been performing in the comfort of our room, we're suddenly overcome by hyper-drive vib... more

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2 months ago

Happy New Year! We want our music making journey to be positive and comfortable, so we can express ourselves with freedom. Listen in as I chat with Jennifer Roig-Francolí, a professional violinist, certified Alexander Technique instructor, and the cr... more

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3 months ago

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 55 ratings
  • New listener, adult beginner

    Really appreciating the in depth discussion for adult learners like myself, thanks for the show!

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    joshlemer
    Canada2 months ago
  • An enjoyable education!

    Initially thought these would be way above my ability to comprehend, as a beginner, however they are extremely well-explained, astonishingly interesting and so, so varied. Thank you for all the effort that has clearly been put in! It is really appreciated and a great education. Can imagine listening agin and again.

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    5
    EdenMarinaTrent
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Welcome Back!

    I was so sad when you seemed to take a break from the podcast. I made it a routine to search for new episodes several times a year. I’m so glad to see new uploads! Thank you!

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Waitlossgyrl
    United States3 years ago
  • Wonderful yet intimidating

    I'm listening to lots of classical music podcasts in preparation for my own podcast launch, and I have to say, Laurel's effort here is outstanding. Good sound quality, great information, clearly presented, and without the stick-up-the-@#! monotone of the NPR casts. Everything I strive for as I get ready to do this myself If this is representative of private violin/classical music podcasts (non-NPR or radio), then I've got my work cut out for me. more

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Violinguy88
    United States8 years ago
  • So Grateful!!! Thanks Laurel!!

    This is such an incredible treat! So helpful. I have a private instructor and also chew on this to utilize both. My only suggestion is for the podcasts are for the interviews / conversations with another. I would love to be able to hear the other individuals complete thoughts, their personal views and rabbit trails even. I totally understand that Listening in itself is an art form but in those type of situations its really important to talk less and allow the guest the platform. Still love em bu... more

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    rubberfaerie
    United States9 years ago

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