Welcome violin (or viola, cello, guitar, trumpet...) geeks everywhere! With all the detail and troubleshooting of a one-on-one lesson, in The Violin Geek Podcast, violinist and violist, recording artist, author, and string teacher Laurel Thomsen shares her daily discoveries, insightful interviews with top performers and music industry leaders, and tips for practicing, polishing, and becoming the best musician you can be. Happy Practicing!

LATEST EPISODE

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Discovering great new artists and heartfelt songs

The question posed on a forum was: "How can people find great music and new artists if they don't go to bars or listen to Spotify?" In today's mini episode, Laurel Thomsen fills us in on what a house concert is and why it may be your ticket to discovering your a new favorite artist, as well as meeting a new best friend, or even the love of your life. Links mentioned: concertsinyourhome.com undiscoveredmusic.net sofaconcerts.org loficoncerts.com To learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like." Want to offer a show idea or guest, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at laurel@laurelthomsen.com
00:11:58 6/4/2019

Past Episodes

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As soon as a performance is on the horizon, the pressure mounts and our enjoyment of playing can easily turn to stress. Join Laurel Thomsen for some practice tips to help prepare for an orchestra, ensemble, or band practice. To learn more about your host, Laurel Thomsen, check her tour dates, or download her CDs visit www.laurelthomsen.com Also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and share your support with a "like." Want to offer a show idea or guest, schedule a private lesson via Skype, or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at laurel@laurelthomsen.com
00:09:47 2/6/2019
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Join violinist Laurel Thomsen and special guest host singer-songwriter Dan Frechette as they tour western Canada, sharing tips for joining or putting together a musical ensemble. 

Check out Dan and Laurel's new site and CD at www.danandlaurel.ca and "like" them on Facebook.
To learn more about Laurel, please check out www.laurelthomsen.com and visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook.
Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at laurel@laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 12/1/2018
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Ok, we did the HOW. Now it's WHAT should you practice? In this episode Laurel Thomsen offers a range of elements you might need to add to your practice routine. Ideas for beginners and advanced players alike! 
  To learn more about Laurel Thomsen, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments or
suggestions, or share your support with a "Like".
Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an
email at laurel@laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018
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Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest Bahman Sarram (Bviolin), violinist, composer, producer, for a talk on ethnic violin playing, improvising, electric instruments, Dave Matthews, jamming, and playing from the heart. 

Visit Bahman at www.bviolin.com and check out his "Philosophical Beat Podcast". 

To learn more about Laurel Thomsen, please visit www.laurelthomsen.com
Please visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook and post your comments or suggestions, or share your support with a "Like".
Want to offer an idea or have a question answered on the podcast? Send Laurel an email at laurel@laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018
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Join Laurel Thomsen and special guest Dr. Noa Kageyama, the Performance Psychology Professor at Julliard, for a talk on learning to become not just a better player, but a better performer. If you want to develop a successful pre-performance routine, play confidently in front of an audience, make a great first impression, and learn tricks for effective playing and practicing, please listen in and take notes! 

Visit Dr. Noa at www.bulletproofmusician.com, on Facebook, and check out his home study course "Beyond Practicing". 

Visit Laurel Thomsen at www.laurelthomsen.com
Please also visit "Laurel Thomsen Music" on Facebook, post your comments or suggestions, and share your support with a "Like".
Want to offer an topic idea, have a question answered on the podcast, or look into private lessons in-person or online via Skype? Send Laurel an email at laurel@laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018
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Not all listening is conscious, or honest! Developing a solid connection between what we think we sound like and what we actually sound like is pivotal to great intonation, rhythm, and personal expression. How are you listening?
For more about Laurel check out
www.laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018
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Learn to tune the "C" string by ear from a given "C" in this "viola only" episode. For more about Laurel check out www.laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018
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Learn to tune your "E" string by ear from a given "E" in this "violin only" episode. For more about Laurel check out www.laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018
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Train your ears for excellent intonation on your violin or viola. Laurel Thomsen helps you tune 9 basic finger patterns on the "A" string in first position. Whew! After this you'll be ready for any strange scales and keys that might come your way. For more about Laurel check out www.laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018
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Get the inside scoop on everything you'll need to know for success with the Intermediate Intonation Workouts. For more about Laurel check out www.laurelthomsen.com
00:00:00 11/30/2018

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