Yes!

You can master the art of bowing
and play the violin with feeling!

“To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Lost in the violin technique and miss the feels? 

I’ll help! Watch this video and find out how:

“My sound is twice as good within months. I feel good about my playing, improvise and learn so much new repertoire.” – student Blair

Is this you?

You’ve been playing the violin for years, but something’s missing…

Your bowing technique is behind your general playing level

 

Your right arm and bow are sometimes out of control, you don’t know what technique to use in your orchestra and you don’t like your sound.

Your playing can't capture your feeling for the music

You’re struggling to play the right notes in the right rhythm, while you want to play with freedom and passion.

Your teacher can’t help you go any further

Yes, you love her and she can help you with technique. However, when you want to learn about expression, she tells you to practice harder or imitate her. 

That doesn’t work and you think you lack the talent…

Imagine your favorite violin soloist:

What would it be to play like her?

 

Chances are the things you desire most are the beautiful sound, the clear resonance,
the artistry and expression.
Think about it… it matters more HOW you play than WHAT you play…

That’s tone creation, bowing technique and musicality… and it’s learnable!

sure, anyone can get you to play ‘correctly’, but what you want is to play passionately!

 

The most beautiful music ever created should NEVER be treated as a sport.

Sadly it’s often taught as a sport and students are trained to be robotic and clinical. Will you change this with me?

sure, anyone can get you to play ‘correctly’, but what you want is to play passionately!

 

The most beautiful music ever created should NEVER be treated as a sport.

Sadly it’s often taught as a sport and students are trained to be robotic and clinical. Will you change this with me?

Introducing…

Bow like a Pro

Learn ALL about bowing technique, tone creation and vibrato

These are skills YOU can learn step by step
(not talent or magic)

So you can…

Play
with freedom

Create a beautiful sound

Perform with confidence

You’ll learn exactly:

Sound

How your violin produces tone and how you can master it to achieve your best performance.

Bowing

Get control over your bow and learn new techniques, so you know exactly how to play the music you love passionately.

Vibrato

Learn vibrato or turn your so-so vibrato into your most important tool of expression.

What’s inside

Online learning for music? No way!

We’ve been trained to think that one-on-one is the highest level of learning when it comes to music, but technology has made it so that we learn even better online.

You can learn to play the violin with feeling at home and in your own time!

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24/7 Access to your violin lessons

Mobile and tablet friendly

Learn at your own pace

200+ Video Lessons

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Fun Quizes

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500+ Pages of Sheet Music

Unlimited personal guidance

40 Week daily practice plan

Masterclasses by concert violinists

and much more…

Private Facebook group

Group coaching sessions

Progress tracking

Video exchange

E-mail guidance

Rewards

Bow like a Pro Curriculum:

Module 1:

Master the Basics of Bowing

You can dive into advanced bowing techniques, but you’ll plateau when your basic bowing technique isn’t on a high level. Advanced students, even on conservatory or professional level, go back to the basics on a regular basis.

 

A true master shows in the basics!

This module is suitable for beginners, but also for professional players and everything in between. You can always improve your basic technique and will benefit from it in everything you play.

 

You’ll learn:

 

  • Motor skill exercises to learn the techniques without the violin and bow:
    my students are so enthusiastic about the direct impact this has on your playing
  • Bow hold:
    perfecting your bow hold and making ik soft and flexible is a prerequisite for all bowing techniques
  • Bow smoothly:
    learn to make fluent motions and smooth string changes, so your violin (and bow!) can resonate optimally and make a beautiful sound
  • Whole bow:
    learn to master the whole bow and be able to create a good tone on every part of the bow, no more frog fear!
  • String crossings:
    learn the techniques to make fluent and controlled string crossings in any speed

 

Module 2:

Create a Beautiful Tone

In this module you learn the secrets of a professional sound that make your violin and bow resonate optimally.

Also you learn how to pour artistry and expression in your playing by coloring your sound and dynamics in different ways.

You’ll learn:
  • Beautiful sound with core:
    here you’ll learn the secrets to a professional sound on the violin and how I can easily distinguish an amateur from a professional in my violin studio, all with examples of etudes and pieces
  • Differences per string:
    every string needs a specific way of bowing and I’ll teach you all about it
  • Pivoting the bow:
    when, how, when not, what’s the difference? Learn everything about tilting the bow
  • 5 Contact Points:
    learn all about the sounding points on the string, when to use what and how to apply switching between sounding points in your playing so you can color your tone
  • Beautiful dynamics:
    here I’ll explain all about the 5 (five!) ways to play loud and soft on the violin, the differences and how to apply phrasing and dynamics in general, all with examples of etudes and pieces
  • Solve tone problems:
    recognize issues in your tone and learn how to correct them

Module 3:

Unveil the Spiccato Secrets

All advanced bowing techniques are based on a good smooth bowing AND a good control of a jumping bow.

In this module you finally learn a spiccato with a good sound in any speed.
  • Spiccato Skills:
    learn how you can work together with your bow to create a controlled spiccato in any speed and with a beautiful sound, crystal clear exercises and practice instructions
  • Spiccato Schedule:
    an exact curriculum that makes it possible for everybody to learn a professional spiccato… yes, it requires some work!
  • Learning Spiccato:
    learn more in depth how to get a flexible spiccato you can adjust to the piece you play
  • Spiccato with Ševčík:
    with the included books you can get even more handy with spiccato so you can apply it anywhere

Module 4:

Learn ALL Bowing Techniques

This is the heart of ‘Bow like a pro’ and the largest module.

In this module you learn ALL possible bowing techniques possible on the violin in classical music.

You’ll learn:
  • 3 types of detaché son filé, legato, portato
  • Several kinds of bowing in chords
  • 3 types of martelé
  • fouetté, collé, solid/upbow staccato, flying staccato, spiccato, sautillé, flying spiccato, ricochet, jumping arpeggio and more!

My instruction videos are guided by videos of the world’s greatest solists performing these techniques on stage in real concerts.

 

I’ll show and explain all possible bowing techniques on the violin and I give you crystal clear daily exercises, scales, etudes and pieces on beginner, intermediate and advanced level so YOU can apply the bowing technique on your current level.

Module 5:

Express Yourself in Phrases

Develop your musicality to play the music you love beautifully

In this module we put everything together you’ve learned about tone production and bowing technique.

Our guest teacher and international concert violinist Antal Zalai teaches you all about telling your story in music. You’ll learn how to express the emotions you feel through the violin.

‘Bow like a Pro’ creator Zlata Brouwer teaches you the fundamentals of phrasing, how you can recognize musical sentences and how to make musical sentences using dynamics, bow division, timing and vibrato.

 

You’ll learn how to go from playing notes to expressing emotions, telling a story and making your music unique.

Enroll TODAY

in ‘Bow like a Pro‘ and get ‘Free your Vibrato‘ for FREE!

A full course on left hand technique, articulation and vibrato

Bonus:

Free your Vibrato

Valued $ 297, included in Bow like a Pro

Bonus:

Free your Vibrato

Valued $ 297, included in Bow like a Pro

To teach you the left hand side of a gorgeous sound, we include ‘Free your Vibrato’ worth $ 297

You’ll learn:

  • A balanced and relaxed violin hold with which you can play comfortable as long as you want and create a good sound
  • How to improve your intonation (play in tune) and get a clean articulation with a good left hand technique (this has transformed my own playing and made so many things a lot easier)
  • A lot of exercises to learn vibrato in a step by step and fun way. You’ll know exactly what to do to get a gorgeous vibrato.
  • A schedule to get control over your vibrato, so you can get exactly the sound you want when you want it
  • To apply vibrato as a tool for expression in the music you love

Masterclasses by

Anastasiia Mazurok

Concert violinist & teacher

Since her orchestra debut at the age of thirteen Anastasiia tours the world as an upcoming violin virtuoso. She is a prize-winner at various international competitions. She graduated with honors from the Rimsky Korsakov musical college of Saint-Petersburg and now studies at the famous Juilliard School in New York.

Anastasiia Mazurok

Anastasiia teaches about the various aspects of bowing technique and vibrato from the view of the Russian school and her experience as a prize-winning soloist.

Antal Zalai

Concert violinist & guest teacher

“An exceptional violinist, who has perfect technique, beautiful large tone, real musical finesse and maturity as well as noble personality,” said legendary Russian violinist Igor Oistrakh of his Hungarian colleague,  Antal Zalai, who is fifty years his junior, and who is regarded by his international fan base as an outstanding artist representing the apogee of classical violin playing.

Antal Zalai

Antal teaches about phrasing, telling a musical story, by developing your bowing technique, vibrato and choosing the right fingering and tools of expression.

Personal guidance by

Zlata Brouwer

Founder & teacher

International no 1 violin bow technique nerd/teacher/coach
… not only because she’s the only one ;).

I dedicate my work to teaching bowing, vibrato and expression step by step. Creating a professional sound and playing with confidence and freedom are skills EVERYBODY can learn and I’m looking forward teaching YOU exactly how. Zlata Brouwer

Zlata teaches the main program from her experience in helping thousands of violin players of all levels in her specialized private violin studio in Holland.

From now on ‘Bow like a pro’ will guide you daily during your entire violin journey!

The masterclass program is made to combine seamlessly with your current practice and lesson routine.

You can watch the videos and do the exercises WHEN you want and WHERE you want. You’ve got a 24/7 violin teacher.

Lifetime Access

 

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try Bow like a Pro for 30 days!

I’m so convinced Bow like a Pro can get your violin playing to the next level and I’ve seen it work for so many violin players on different levels. I’m the ONLY violin teacher out there who offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Of course YOU have to do the work as well. If you did the full coursework in terms of watching the videos, practicing and sending in feedback videos, but you still feel I didn’t deliver on my promise, submit your proof within 30 days of purchase and I’ll promptly refund your tuition.

To be clear: I don’t reward lack of discipline. That’s not in line with my integrity as a violin teacher and won’t help you. If you do not include your complete coursework within 30 days, no refund will be issued.

A lifetime investment in your violin playing

Best deal

One payment of $ 997

 

Most flexible

12 Monthly payments of $ 97

This could be you:

I saw a perfect bowing coming from me unconsciously. My teacher was amazed! – Emanuel

In the past the tension ruined my performance,
but with these techniques I played in front of everyone in my church with a good tone. – Rachel

You taught me to make beautiful music
with confidence. – Linda

The difference was immediate and dramatic.
My bow finally does what I want. – Steve

Bow like a Pro works!

Here’s proof:

First off, thank you so much for all that you have put together to help people learn to play the violin. I first found your free lessons, then the weight vs pressure workshop, and then I took your offer for the lifetime access. Every step of the way I found that if I listened and did as you suggested my playing improved, usually dramatically.

If I knew anyone trying to learn to play the violin I would certainly tell them about your site and stress to “Do what Zlata says!” I still recall the first time I was sitting on the sofa watching TV rolling a stress ball around in my fingers, manipulating a chopstick (I can never find a pencil…), and bowing through a toilet paper roll when I decided that enough was enough and I picked up the violin to see if had made any difference at all.

So I grabbed the bow (using the method you showed me), picked up the violin (like you showed me), and played open strings (like you said to do). The difference was immediate and dramatic and I have not doubted you since. (Not that I doubted you anyway, you’re simply too happy and direct in your videos to distrust.

Steve Wallace

It is a wonderful opportunity for me to improve my violin playing and technique. The more I follow your videos the more I see great results. I am really motivated and practice every day, working on your instructions.

Your video instructions are very clear, concise and easily understood. I can replay the videos again and again which is very helpful. Being able to stop the video at any point in the instruction I can learn how to do that particular technique on my own until it is correct.

I see a huge improvement in intonation, bowing accuracy and a lovely volume as the bow passes over the strings. I look forward to each new video lesson but I make sure that I do not move on until I have mastered the previous lesson.

Thank you again, you have taught me how to make beautiful music with confidence.

Linda

Dear Zlata,
I just noticed the e-mail you sent asking for feedback about the violin academy. So, I figured it’s high time I wrote and told you about what I’ve been learning ? I’ve just been so blessed by your academy. You’ve given me back my joy in playing violin. ? Violin is so much more enjoyable when I play in a relaxed way! 

First of all, I took lessons when I was younger for about 6 years. Then I graduated from high-school and got busy and didn’t play violin very much for 1 1/2 years. Well, I stumbled across your violin academy about 1 year ago. It has been AMAZING! I am such a visual person and getting to watch the videos helped immensely. I soon realized that the things I struggled the most with were the basics! As I watched the beginning videos, I soon saw how many bad habits I’d developed. Your videos have helped me so much! Some of the bad habits I mentioned was how I held the bow, my posture, how I moved my wrist and arm….well, I started doing some of the exercises for the left and right hand and my playing has improved SO MUCH. At Christmas time I played a hymn for our church’s annual Christmas program. Normally, when I’m in front of people my hand and wrist tighten up from nervousness and the violin squeaks and sounds horrible. Well, I’d been doing some of the exercises and my arm and wrist were all relaxed~ and when I played violin in front of everyone…it went great! I was able to have good tone and there were no squeaky noises.

Thank you so much, Zlata for violin academy! I’m so thankful to God for you and for all you do to help violin players like me! You are much appreciated!

Well, that’s my testimony of how you have helped me so much!

Well, thanks again!!!

Rachel Mitton

Zlata’s academy has taught me to love playing the violin. Zlata really emphasizes sounding good and enjoying what you play. She teaches the basics with the focus of producing enjoyable music. Her cheerful personality and encouragement make her videos pleasant to watch. She has been very helpful and kind when she reviewed the videos I’ve sent her. The combination of her helpful online tutorial videos and her focused comments about my playing have produced instant improvement. I estimate that I now sound twice as good after only 6 months of Zlata’s academy.

I tried many other online schools. Other teachers seem to have one solution to every problem–PRACTICE MORE! They seem to say that success is being a ‘serious,’ very disciplined musician, who obviously…practices…a LOT. Yes, Zlata acknowledges the importance of practice, but she clearly wants students to enjoy their practice by playing well and sounding lovely. I will never be a soloist, but I will be a true ‘amateur,’ i.e. one who ‘loves’ what they do.

After all, who hears most of what I play? I am really the only one who hears the hours of practice. I might as well enjoy the music I make. Zlata’s academy has polished my technique and basics and my sound improved across the board. I find it easier to focus on what I’m playing, to improvise, and build my repertoire because I feel so much better about my playing.

Thanks, Zlata!

Blair Faulk

I’m so happy that I decided to share with you my results. I started doing the right hand motor skill exercises.

After two weeks practicing them on my free time at job or anywhere else, I went to my teacher and he asked me to play lesson 11 from hans sitt book 1. Which I’m struggling for 3 weeks, and I’m not confident on this piece.

But he said me that besides left hand’s problems I had my wrist completely relaxed and in a perfect movement. I didn’t believe on that and he recorded me playing to show me how good it was. And I saw a perfect bowing coming from me unconciously!

I’m really proud of your classes.

Emanuel

Let’s sum it up

Don’t get overwhelmed:
Bow like a Pro comes with lifetime access and support!

 

  • When you enroll now you get:
    Instant access to the 5 Module Bow like a Pro curriculum with hundreds of streaming videos, sheet music, practice plans and more. You’ll have lifetime access to the full curriculum and all future updates and additions. You can learn at your own pace.
    Valued: $ 2.000
  • Masterclasses by and examples of the best concert violinists out there.
    Valued: $ 1.000
  • Unlimited personal guidance and feedback by the nr 1 teacher specialized in bowing, vibrato, sound and expression.
    Valued: $ 2.000
  • Full access to the program Free your Vibrato where everybody can learn a beautiful vibrato adjusted to the piece you play and the emotions you want to express.
    Valued: $ 1.000

Total $ 6.000

Actually it’s worth a lot more as you’ll save yourself a lifetime of struggling, finally learn to play the violin beautifully and use the violin as the voice of your soul. No dollar amount can represent this!

Your alternatives

 

Violin lessons at your local music school

 

One year costs more than lifetime access to Bow like a Pro

 

Yes, a great way to learn repertoire, basic technique and study your orchestra scores. However, most teachers can’t help you with bowing, vibrato, sound and expression. After seeing thousands of violin players struggle, Zlata dedicated her work to these topics and did extensive research on how to teach these skills to players of ALL levels.

 

Happy with your private teacher? Bow like a Pro is an excellent addition and is made to combine seamlessly with your ‘offline’ lessons.

 

Tinkering yourself at home with some YouTube videos


Come on, don’t fool yourself!

If watching YouTube videos got you exactly the bowing and sound you desire, you wouldn’t be reading this page this far.

 
Look, if you’re someone who just wants to fool around with the violin once in a while and are not willing to invest in learning to play beautifully, Bow like a Pro is probably not for you.
 
However, if violin music makes your heart sing and you’re serious about learning to play, I’m excited to help you!

A lifetime investment in your violin playing

Best deal

One payment of $ 997

 

Most flexible

12 Monthly payments of $ 97

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try Bow like a Pro for 30 days!

I’m so convinced Bow like a Pro can get your violin playing to the next level and I’ve seen it work for so many violin players on different levels. I’m the ONLY violin teacher out there who offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Of course YOU have to do the work as well. If you did the full coursework in terms of watching the videos, practicing and sending in feedback videos, but you still feel I didn’t deliver on my promise, submit your proof within 30 days of purchase and I’ll promptly refund your tuition.

To be clear: I don’t reward lack of discipline. That’s not in line with my integrity as a violin teacher and won’t help you. If you do not include your complete coursework within 30 days, no refund will be issued.

Frequently asked questions

What do you get exactly in 'Bow like a Pro'?
  • 200+ instruction video covering all about bowing technique and tone creations and even more performance videos
  • Personal guidance and feedback by Zlata
  • Downloadable practice plans for each topic, so you know exactly what and how to practice on a daily basis
  • 500+ pages of downloadable etude books to apply the techniques you learn
  • Fun quizes to test your knowledge
  • Lifetime access including ALL future updates and additions to this masterclass program at no extra charge
  • All this in an user friendly and safe online learning environment you can access from your computer, tablet and phone
Is Bow like a pro suitable for beginners, intermediate, advanced or professional violinists?

Bow like a pro starts with the basics of bowing and covers EVERYTHING up to a professional level playing the big violin repertoire (and everything in between). You get lifetime access, so you can consume the more advanced stuff when you’re up to it. Because the program is so complete, ‘Bow like a Pro’ is suitable for:

  • Beginner violinists who want to get rid of their ‘beginner sound’ as soon as possible and learn a good bowing technique
  • Intermediate violinists who want to know what and how to practice to improve their bowing technique and get rid of the ‘amateur sound’, so they can pour artistry and expression in their playing
  • Advanced violinists who want to learn all possible bowing techniques, so they have a professional level toolbox to color their sound
  • Professional violinists and violin teachers who want a structured overview of everything around bowing technique and tone production, so they can enhance their own skills and know exactly how to inspire their students
Do I get 1 on 1 lessons with Zlata?

I’ll personally guide you through the program, which gives you crystal clear practice instructions. I’ll be there to answer your questions and give feedback on your playing. The more you practice, the more personal guidance you get! No worries, I’ll hold your hand and you’ll play the violin with passion very soon!

    How does an online masterclass program work?

    After processing the payment you get a personal account with which you get INSTANT lifetime access to all videos, books, practice plans and quizes in the online academy. It’s very easy to use and suitable for computer, tablet and smartphone.

    Can you learn to play the violin online?

    We’ve been trained to think that one-on-one is the highest level of learning when it comes to music, but technology has made it so that we learn even better online. You can learn to play the violin with feeling at home and in your own time! Oh, and I’m the ONLY violin teacher offering a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.

    Can you help me if I can't afford the tuition?

    Yes, we offer a 12  month payment plan! When you join, choose the ‘most flexible’ option (see below).

    Do you offer refunds if I don't get the promised results?

    I’m so convinced Bow like a Pro can get your violin playing to the next level and I’ve seen it work for so many violin players on different levels. I’m the ONLY violin teacher out there who offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    Of course YOU have to do the work as well. If you did the full coursework in terms of watching the videos, practicing and sending in feedback videos, but you still feel I didn’t deliver on my promise, submit your proof within 30 days of purchase and I’ll promptly refund your tuition.

    To be clear: I don’t reward lack of discipline. That’s not in line with my integrity as a violin teacher and won’t help you. If you do not include your complete coursework within 30 days, no refund will be issued.

    When do I get access? How long?

    Right after payment you can INSTANT access to EVERYTHING in Bow like a pro… lifetime! You can come back whenever you want.

    Is Bow like a pro suitable for the viola or cello?

    All instructions, repertoire and examples are aimed at the violin.

    A lifetime investment in your violin playing

    Best deal

    One payment of $ 997

     

    Most flexible

    12 Monthly payments of $ 97

    100% Satisfaction Guarantee

    Try Bow like a Pro for 30 days!

    I’m so convinced Bow like a Pro can get your violin playing to the next level and I’ve seen it work for so many violin players on different levels. I’m the ONLY violin teacher out there who offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

    Of course YOU have to do the work as well. If you did the full coursework in terms of watching the videos, practicing and sending in feedback videos, but you still feel I didn’t deliver on my promise, submit your proof within 30 days of purchase and I’ll promptly refund your tuition.

    To be clear: I don’t reward lack of discipline. That’s not in line with my integrity as a violin teacher and won’t help you. If you do not include your complete coursework within 30 days, no refund will be issued.