Ursula - The Violin Coach

Ursula - The Violin Coach


Thank you for playing this lovely fully restored antique violin so people can hear its voice Ursula. I am now looking for a loving home for it. These particular Stainer copy models copy sell in violin shops for well over Β£1000. It's for sale at Β£500. That is less than wholesale price. And it is perfectly set-up with the bridge and sound post tuned to the violin over many days of setting it up. Any violin teachers who want to listen to their students play on a really nice student instrument then this is a good way to go. And the students will benefit too. Alternatively, this violin would hold its own as a folk venue performance instrument https://spinachirony.wordpress.com/2021/04/09/a-very-good-full-size-19th-century-1899-copy-of-a-stainer-model-violin/?fbclid=IwAR3nOdmWW-lsBlRStWkNkxJKZU0LkHIMQLfemDfpzEIt7pPm6nWvmuSinL4
Wow, what a picture on this page Ursula, really something amazing, I love your new look and the lovely colors
Today I got to bring music to a group of people affected by Parkinson's Disease. Couldn't have done it without Ursula Al-Mishari 🎻
As someone with nasty left hand tension, I found this really helpful 🎻

Looking for violin lessons in Nottingham? Ursula is a violin teacher based in Carrington/Sherwood/Mapperley area of Nottingham. Beginners and all ages welcome.

Call 07972 903671 or email [email protected] to book a private violin lesson. Ursula has has performed across 13 different countries with folk musicians from Turkey, Greece, Latvia, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Ukraine, Pakistan, India, Serbia, Egypt, Sudan, Portugal, Canada, the UK, Germany, and even the Persian superstar Moein. Today she can be found teaching violin in her home town of Nottingham and performing at Asian weddings with her band The Shanti Duo all over the UK.

Workshop: Blow the Dust off your Instrument! 21/04/2022

Workshop: Blow the Dust off your Instrument!

Nottingham Adult returners to music, come and join! Grade 3 standard is all that is required.

Workshop: Blow the Dust off your Instrument! Orchestral Playing Day


LOOKING TO BUY A VIOLIN IN NOTTINGHAM? For the past year I've been reviewing violins for Dr Mike Sutton, a retired criminologly professor who took up violin restoration during lockdown. He buys old violins that have been rotting in attics, restores them and sells them on at very little or no profit because he simply wants to get them into the hands of violin students who don't want a factory issue stentor at affordable prices. His prices start at Β£60. The one I am playing is a 3/4 French Mirecourt which is not yet listen but should be up soon. It was my favourite of the last bunch and should be in the hands of a talented young student who loves the violin.

Here's his blog, where you can hear all the violins (not just full size) he has available. Mike is based in Nottingham. You can contact him on [email protected]



Playing a proposal at today. Hopefully she'll be blown away.


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My student is the incredible kora and djembe player , Founder of

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We are considering releasing a series so your feedback would be appreciated.


This week I have been mostly taking improv lessons with legendary improv king

Join me in this play-along violin tutorial on blues improv

Full video: https://youtu.be/8U679BqqDUM

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SUPER MARIO Transposition Challenge, with

1. I throw random keys at

2. He plays the Super Mario theme in those keys

Full video: https://youtu.be/_9igIplAsh0

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First day of my new job teaching across the Catholic schools of Greater Nottingham. Loving it!


DAY 16 - It's time to take down my Vlogmas tree and go back to work. Massive thanks to everyone who has supported my channel. If you are enjoying these videos, I'd be grateful if you could subscribe to channel as I can monetize the channel when I hit 1000 subscribers, then I'll buy you a drink.


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2 rusty classical musicians try to learn Vivaldi's Winter 3rd movement in 90 minutes

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Got myself a classical music hairstyle for today's video...


Can toddlers learn the violin? Sort of! Check out four year old Lucy's first violin lesson for evidence.

Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/SE8VPcoB_1s

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Photos from Ursula - The Violin Coach's post 31/12/2021

Have thoroughly enjoyed hitting the YouTubes hard this Christmas. Taking a break with my cat and an extra firm roller to see in the new year without muscle tension. May all your muscles also feel relaxed in 2022, and may the felines in your life accompany you wherever you may go.



DAY 13 - Dog reacts to hearing violin for the first time (not scraping the barrel here at all)


DAY 12. This one is the top performing video so far in terms of views/minute in the first 24 hours. It's either because it contains a extremely charming young man () OR because of the click bait title, "Learning Violin as an Adult Beginner - One Weird Secret You Must Know Before You Start"

Who knows. You decide! Watch the full tutorial here: https://youtu.be/zfbh_gezfY8

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DAY 11: Becoming The Violin Coach - a totally not narcissistic biopic all about me

Full video: https://youtu.be/FmsVou8ZpKU


No. But the fun's in the explanation.

Full tutorial: https://youtu.be/o4lZWfDoIn8

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Freestylin' Christmas classics like a poor man's Ray Chen

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ for solo violin 26/12/2021

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ for solo violin

Now this is how you play the violin. Reminds me of 'Menhuin & Grapelli Play' ❀

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ for solo violin Free sheet music available for Pocket Conservatory members. Sign up today where you can meet, practice, and join the most positive music community online: ht...


DAY 7 - Taking a break from the violin lessons, not from video production. Here's the Donnelly Family Christmas Special. Merry Christmas!!!

Full video: https://youtu.be/sNwFENIN0p4

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DAY 6: Experienced Musician's First Violin Lesson - Christmas Special!!!

Full video: https://youtu.be/WsD6vwYG9Hk


DAY 5: Absolute beginner improvisation exercise for violinists and other melodic instruments.

I'm uploading a new every day over Christmas. Follow the link below to watch the full length tutorial.

Full tutorial: https://youtu.be/ZWxXJPnSxB0


Day 4: My thoughts on

Full video: https://youtu.be/uOztHyhjMq4


DAY 3: What's the secret to getting in the "flow state" when performing violin??

Full tutorial: https://youtu.be/V9CkXVXGMpw


This Christmas, I am filming a different violin tutorial every day. 15 in total. No excuses.

The latest tutorial is about healing the bow arm: https://youtu.be/n4STBhfYB7c

How to do Vibrato on the Violin 19/12/2021

How to do Vibrato on the Violin

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How to do Vibrato on the Violin Can you commit just 5 minutes to achieve flawless vibrato?

Yoga for Opening the Shoulders 18/12/2021

Yoga for Opening the Shoulders

If you've been suffering from tight shoulders from playing violin, try this shoulder opening yoga sequence. No yoga mat required.

Yoga for Opening the Shoulders Please sign up to my newsletter for free classes, EkhartYoga news and offers: https://www.ekhartyoga.com/newsletter-signupThis yoga sequence with Esther Ekha...


Surprise Ofsted visit.


Got myself a new mug. Gonna pretend one of my students got it for me.

Photos from Ursula - The Violin Coach's post 02/12/2021

NEW LOCATION Violin lessons are now at Sherwood Methodist Church

Thanks to Greg at for being so accommodating

To book, email [email protected] or call 07972 903671


Really happy to take on new student Sidor who wants to learn violin in 3 months. You can see Sidor playing percussion in Nottingham Town centre every weekend. His first lesson was excellent - he can already do vibrato! Really honoured to take on such a brilliant musician and hopefully in 3 month's time he'll be entertaining Nottingham on his violin.


It was all going so well...


When I agreed to take on a 3 year old student, I had no idea whether it would work. Aurora was obviously musical but the violin is complicated to teach, even for adult learners!

During the first lesson, she was mainly waving the violin around and rolling on the floor giggling.

Just over a year later and we have achieved our first mile stone. Aurora can now play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star from her very own bespoke sheet music.

I am amazed at the results and look forward to helping her work towards her first performance!

Although progress is slower, starting students young does work and I would be confident to take on more 3 year old students going forward.

Thanks to Aurora and her Mum for giving me a chance to learn something new, and for brightening my Saturdays every week!


You know when you're a kid and you imagine your dream job would be some sort of chocolate taster? Well... I got mine today - I'm testing violins!

These fantastic budget friendly student violins are restored by Dr Mike Sutton in


Moments like this make teaching the best job in the world. Thank you Lydia for the lovely picture. It made my day!

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