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How is the material available online? How do students learn via different course modules listed?
  • Courses are pre recorded video lessons. Our violin lessons are meticulously crafted, specifically curated by Fiddling Monk for Carnatic Violin, featuring multi-angle video recordings that intricately capture the essence of every bow and string movement to learn both right and left arm techniques. This comprehensive approach ensures that even novices can master the art of playing the violin with confidence and precision. Our courses cater to both beginners and advanced learners.
  • All students whether they are on a subscription plan or have purchased an individual course module, access a particular course and lesson at a time, learn the melody, practice and then share a video recording of their playing the melody for personalised feedback and guidance.
  • Upon receiving precise (Video/Audio/Text) feedback on their submission they proceed to learn the next video lesson and progress towards course completion.
  • Certain features differ from individual course purchases to various subscription plans on offer.
What are the advantages of taking classes online? When do your courses start?

Convenience and flexibility are the most common advantages of online classes. Online classes allow you to fit learning violin into your schedule when it’s convenient for you. These lessons are self-paced and so you can enroll at any time! Learn in your Space, at your Pace, from the Ace!

How do we interact with Vidwan Kumaresh R (Fiddling Monk)? How are the lessons taught? How will this be interactive?

Our online learning methodology is unique and interaction and feedback play a key role in your learning.

Lessons are online video course material. There will be regular assignments (video submissions) for which you will receive feedback ( Audio/Video/Text) from Vidwan Kumaresh R (Fiddling Monk). There will also be regular live zoom/ Google Meet meeting interactions with Fiddling Monk.

Students enrolling for various Subscription plans would have interactions as promised as per the plan.

There is also a WhatsApp group formed with students and Fiddling Monk to interact with each other.

Is there interaction with other students?

There is quite a bit of interaction between other students including online discussion forum, class discussion boards, WhatsApp groups and live Zoom interaction with instructor and peers once a month for students purchasing individual courses.

For students signing up for our subscription plans, based on plan features there are various opportunities to interact with other students on Community Spaces, Class discussion boards, WhatsApp groups – with peers, with senior instructor or with Fiddling Monk.

It is perceived that Violin is a difficult instrument, I have no musical background, would I be able to learn? Is prior music knowledge a prerequisite?

Prior music knowledge is not a requirement.  If you are a beginner sign up for Prathama (1st course).  ABHYASA – Prathama starts from basic of holding a violin and bow, fingering  and bowing techniques etc.

For all other courses, the course description and requirements are clearly detailed in each course page (Click on each of the courses to learn more). The prerequisites for each course is also listed there.

p.s.  We have kids 5 years and senior citizens as well who have signed up for learning Violin for very first time and have progressed very well with their learning as well.

What is the right age to enroll in these courses? Any restrictions?

Any age is perfect, as long as there is an eagerness or curiosity to learn a new skill or technique. Music can be learnt by anyone and at any age. All you need is the right instructor to guide you on your musical journey! We have kids as young as 5 and adults over 60+ as well who are picking up the skill for the very first time and enjoying their experience as well.

What is special about these violin courses? What is in it for me?

Melodies and lessons in our courses are specifically curated for Violin instrument. These are different from traditional Carnatic basic lessons.

  • Opportunity to learn from world renowned Violinist
  • Unlike other digital courses, this course is interactive with active feedback received at every stage while learning at your pace as well.
  • Video lessons feature multiple camera angles that capture Fingering techniques and Bowing postures in great detail to enhance the learning experience.
  • Subscription plans help keep students on track, interact with senior instructors/Fiddling Monk as per the plan chosen, have an opportunity to practice online with other peers.

The question I have is not answered. Whom should I contact for any queries?

Please look up the FAQ page.
Also if you still have questions, you can always reach us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com You can also contact us on WhatsApp at +91-8095687401

What price range violin should a beginner buy?

Price range : Rs. 3000 – Rs. 20,000/- is a good range.
Ideally purchase from a Musical Instrument store locally in your city. They will help string the violin and tune it for your use as well. For lessons in our portal, we recommend tuning the violin to “E”.
Alternately you could purchase from online portals as well. Look out for reviews and comments to make sure you are getting a good one.

What brand of violin to purchase? Where to buy? Any suggestions?

Ideally purchase from a Musical Instrument store locally in your city. They can suggest the brand based on the budget and one that will be suitable for the student. An additional benefit is that they will help string the violin and tune it for your use as well. For lessons in our portal, we recommend tuning the violin to “E”.
Alternately you could purchase from online portals as well. Look out for reviews and comments to make sure you are getting a good one.

***DISCLAIMER***

We are not endorsing or saying the violins listed in the links below are the best to buy, but they have listed very good suggestions. If you do not have a good musical instruments store in your city, the links provide good information to make the purchase online

Please look up Link Suggestion 1 
Please look up Link Suggestion 2

How to String the Violin? I purchased a new violin and strings are not fixed. Or My strings broke! What do I do?

Nowadays many new violins comes packed in a box and strings and bridge are packed separately. So it seems not ready to use!

or

It may happen that while tuning or practicing on a rare occasion your violin string snapped! Don’t worry, you are covered, we have a video link to teach you how to string the violin on your own

Please follow this link to learn how you can do this easily on your own –
String the Violin 

Where to buy strings for violin, if current one breaks/snaps? What string(s) should be bought?

If you are outside India:
Use strings of Medium Gauge – E A D G is fine.

  • E for Pa – (First string from right)
  • A for Sa – (Second string)
  • D for pa – lower octave (Third string)
  • G for sa – lower octave (Fourth string)


Within India:
You can buy strings with gauge number

  • 31 for Pa, (First string from right)
  • 28 for Sa, (Second String)
  • 24 for pa – lower octave pa (Third String)
  • 20 /19 for sa – lower octave (Fourth String)


Tip: Karuna Brand sells these numbered strings

What is the order of courses?

ABHYASA courses are the base for all courses in this portal. There are currently four ABHYASA courses (Ordered list : Abhyasa – Prathama, Abhyasa- Dwitheeya, Abhyasa- Thritheeya, Abhyasa- Chaturthi).

For those who have learnt all the ABHYASA courses we have

5. Talapravaham – Ata Talam

6.Melakarta Melodies – Indu & Ruthu Chakra

7. Varnams (Basic) 1 – Ragams – Mayamalavagowla & Hamsadhwani

8. Krithis (Basic) 1 – Shobillu & Brovabarama

9. Varnams (Basic) 2 – Ragams – Mohanam & Abhogi

10. Varnams ( Intermediate) 1 – Ragams –  Kalyani & Navaragamalika 

11. Varnams (Advanced) 1 – Begada ( coming soon),

more courses(coming soon).
If you have no knowledge about violin you will start with Abhyasa – Prathama. If you are learning/have learnt Indian Violin and want to know the right course to enroll in, you can contact us by WhatsApp at +918095687401 or email us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com and we would let you know the right course to enroll in.

In case you are looking for lessons beyond what is listed currently, do reach out to us via email us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com , or message us on WhatsApp at +918095687401 to learn about other lessons/advanced guidance for stage performances. When sending us an email , do include details on your musical journey thus far, your ambitions/aspirations as well. Do share your email/contact information and convenient times so members from our school team can email/call you to help you further.
For information about courses available, please look up All Courses here.

What are the prequisites for courses? Which courses have prerequisite requirements?

All courses other than “Abhyasa – Prathama” and “Abhyasa- Dwitheeya” have prerequisite requirement. Mastering the bowing and fingering (Left hand Techniques) are a key to be able to play the Indian Violin. Each course page will list the prerequisite course for enrolling.
Alternately you can email us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com with a video recording. Play any favorite song/lesson of your choice and send us a recording. Kumaresh Sir ( Fiddling Monk) would let you know what course you could enroll in.

Is it compulsory to start with Abhyasa-Prathama or can I also start with any other course as I have been learning for some years already? How useful is the portal for students who have learnt for 5+ years?

You will start with Abhyasa- Prathama in case you have no prior knowledge of playing Violin.  There are courses designed for people with prior knowledge of Indian Violin as well. So, if you are learning/have learnt Indian Violin and want to know the right course to enroll in, please look up All Courses here.
Each course describes who it would be suitable for and any prerequisites as well. Please read the course descriptions, curriculum, requirements and FAQs to learn about each course before you sign up. Alternately you can also email us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com  or WhatsApp us at +918095687401 and we would let you know the right course to enroll in.

In case you are looking for lessons beyond what is listed currently, do reach out to us via email us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com , or message us on WhatsApp at +918095687401 to learn about other lessons/advanced guidance for stage performances. When sending us an email , do include details on your musical journey thus far, your ambitions/aspirations as well. Do share your email/contact information and convenient times so members from our school team can email/call you to help you further.

Question I have is not answered. Any contact info?

Please look up the FAQ page.
Also if you still have questions, you can always reach us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com You can also contact us on WhatsApp at +91-8095687401

Are cancellations allowed? What refund do I get?

Thank you for asking us this question!

Detailed information about course/program module is available. The curriculum or material that would be covered, the prerequisites for a course, the average effort and time required is also listed.

So you should be able to make an informed choice. If you need further details before you make the purchase, please send us an email at bowingwithfm@gmail.com

Detailed refund policy is also listed here ( Clicking here opens up the Refund policy page) . Taxes, GST, transaction charges levied by the payment processor are charges that are not refundable. Hence we urge you to message us on WhatsApp at  +918095687401 or email us as mentioned above before you the purchase.

Is the course price all inclusive or would there be other taxes and fees?

The course price is NOT inclusive of GST (India). GST is added only for purchases in INR. Relevant taxes, transaction charges and fees will all be added before final checkout of cart, helping you make an informed choice.

My payment was successful,but I do not have access to courses. Why? Who should I contact?

This would be a very rare occurence. But if for some reason our payment processor cannot confirm payment, the enrolment into course may not happen immediately. In case of any issues please email us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com. In your email subject, mention “Access Issues:” , so we can quickly help you.
We will resolve it within 2 working days. You can also reach us on WhatsApp at +91-8095687401.

What are the payment plans available? Is there an Instalment option?

We have multiple options to purchase the courses.
Option 1: One Time Payment plan – This opens all the lessons immediately. Purchase it directly on the website.

Option 2: Instalment Payment plan – In this option the course lessons open up corresponding to the monthly instalment payment. Email us to know about the instalment Payment options at bowingwithfm@gmail.com

Option 3: Subscription Payment Plan – In this option, students pay a monthly subscription fee and they start at the course level they need to and automatically progress to next course as and when they finish 1 course. Subscription plans give you access to continuous learning, lots of features like instructor guidance, practice classrooms etc, depending on plan you sign up for. For more details and features of the membership or subscription plans, kindly look up details Subscription Plans or email us at bowingwithfm@gmail.com

These options are just to give flexibility of payment options to the student. The material and guidance received are the same in  across plans.

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