‘With Nicky’: Nicola Benedetti’s exclusive practice tips, violin techniques, repertoire pointers, and more!

2 April 2019, 15:55 | Updated: 31 October 2019, 15:32

Watch violinist Nicola Benedetti’s video series providing essential practice tips and inspiration for young players, with pointers on technique, routine and repertoire.

Classic FM has partnered with Nicola Benedetti on an exciting new video series, to support and guide young musicians.

In 'With Nicky', the leading violinist and advocate for music education will help young musicians to develop their sound and vibrato on the violin, as well as giving essential practising tips.

“I meet so many fantastic young musicians and teachers across the world and yearn for more regular interaction with all of them,” says Nicola.

“It is tough to practice, it’s difficult to stay motivated and to know the best way forward. I have had the huge fortune in my life of being exposed to some of the world’s greatest violin and music teachers, and I want to make as much of the information available to as many people as possible.”

Violinist Nicola Benedetti presents educational video series, ‘With Nicky’
Violinist Nicola Benedetti presents educational video series, ‘With Nicky’. Picture: Nicola Benedetti / YouTube

What is ‘With Nicky’ all about?

So far the series has included advice on vibrato and developing your sound, the left hand as well as a ‘back to basics’ video.

The video series comes as Benedetti plans to establish her new charity for young musicians and teachers, the Benedetti Foundation.

The foundation will support young musicians, helping them to build discipline, concentration and perseverance in their playing.

“We will discuss what it is to patiently listen, to be fully present, to express thoughts and feelings with clarity and integrity, and to empathetically support each other to achieve a collective goal,” she said.

‘With Nicky’ videos can be watched here, or on Nicola’s YouTube channel.

Latest ‘With Nicky’ videos

‘With Nicky’ is back with an especial focus on practice, with individual tips such as how to organise your time, how to stay concentrated and what to do with the time you have.

Past ‘With Nicky’ videos

Go back to the basics of bow-hold, vibrato and other aspects of playing the violin, including posture and hand shapes.