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Parting Thoughts

Itzhak Perlman

Lesson time 02:30 min

Mr. Perlman offers his parting words and wishes you luck in pursuing the violin.

Itzhak Perlman
Teaches Violin
In his first-ever online class, virtuoso violin player Itzhak Perlman breaks down his techniques for improved practice and powerful performances.
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- Now that you've seen all of the pitfalls and all of the minuses and pluses that are involved in playing this instrument, do you still want to play the violin? It's so damn difficult. What are you doing? Just become a doctor, a lawyer, an accountant. Somebody actually said that to me once. [PLAYING VIOLIN] PROFESSOR: If you only take three things from this class, the first thing is practice slowly. That's number one. Number two is listen very carefully to what goes on while you practice, because playing is a physical involvement which can affect your ear. So if you can actually be a better listener as a result of what we are talking about, that's a very good accomplishment. And the third thing is to share and to feel my enthusiasm for music, to feel that we as musicians-- especially musicians who make a living in music-- are extremely lucky that, for me, what can be better than earning a living-- making a living while performing great art, performing great music? So if you can feel that, the class has accomplished a lot. So I wish you good luck and good practicing and goodbye.

Play with passion

The world’s reigning virtuoso violin player, Itzhak Perlman performs for presidents, royals, and classical music lovers around the world. Now the beloved Juilliard instructor and 15-time Grammy Award winner brings his passion for teaching to a wide audience for the first time. Learn fundamental techniques, practice strategies, and how to add richness and depth to your sound. Give your most dynamic performance yet.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Good, I like sir's in depth analysis on every topic of violin-playing

it has inspired me to practice more effectively and musically. I also know better, what it takes to become a great artist, and how to deal with some of my barriers.

As a professional musician I knew that I could learn a lot from this master. His generous, gentle spirit and insight into music making was thrilling!

I loved the class and deeply admired Mr. Perlman's sense of humor. I am so grateful to have got the chance to watch this masterclass.


Franco E.

Thank you Mr. P for this class, and thank you MasterClass for offering it. It was wonderful, inspirational, and applicable to so many things. Thank you!

Thom S.

I am not a musician. I am an actor. Nevertheless, I listened to portions of what the legendary performer had to say and it is so very applicable to the art/the craft of acting. Truly inspirational. Thank you!

A fellow student

Amazing conclusion to the class. Thank you for the kind words and the wonderful journey.

Leigh W.

Thank you Mr P and Masterclass! I am a violinist and a teacher in need of more information to improve in both areas. This class felt like I was able to spend a week with Mr Perlman and have him coach me personally. He has informed and inspired me to continue to strive for better practice, listening and artistry across the board.

Gone W.

Even though there are a couple bonus lessons after this, I want to give my feelings about this course here upon Mr Perlman's parting thoughts. I am in awe of his talent. I am gratified that he turns out to be supportive, practical, highly intelligent and very articulate. He mentions that one of his roles is that of a magician in performance. That magic is why I am taking the course. There's an excitement that mastery generates, no matter the discipline, which is amplified if I love the subject. When I first took up teaching in my area, which is Art, I found my teaching voice coming as a greatest hits of all my past teachers I resonated with, to which I added my own as the point of synthesis. I hoped Mr Perlman's extended range of wisdom was what I would discover in this course, and I believe I found exactly that. The added bonus is that in this course the point of synthesis is the great Itzhak Perlman, which to me is the edited and revised version of the subject. I made something of a joke with my course review comment only because I have rented a student model violin and held the violin for the first time ever. The sounds that I made were below crude yet I soon managed some decent sounds too. I think the only person who saw any magic in the experience was me. I'm 65 years old. No career in Music whatsoever for obvious reasons. But I am extremely excited because I know the potential the instrument has when I listen to Mr Perlman speak, and of course when he plays. Bravo, sir. Beautiful class. Thank you!

Alexander S.

Both the man and his music have moved and inspired me for past 45 years. I still treasure my LP vinyl record of Mr. Perlman playing Paganini's 24 Caprices that my father bought for me back in 1974. And his recordings of the Conus Violin Concerto and the Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 1 are among my all-time favorite recordings. I'm so grateful to Mr. Perlman for taking the time and effort to present these wonderful and insightful master classes. Thank you dear sir!

Sandra L.

Thank you, Mr. Perlman! I enjoyed every minute of this MasterClass. I have been playing the violin all my life, now 52 years. Five years ago I started taking my music seriously again, joined an amateur orchestra, and started taking lessons again. As an adult learner, I am far more passionate about the violin this time around. Practice is such a joy, and learning things I never thought I would ever play, like Bach Chaconne, is like a dream come true. Watching and learning from your experience and wisdom is also a privilege that I couldn’t pass up. (I once met you and had my picture taken with you at the Hollywood Bowl - it’s still a treasure today.) When it comes to making music, i believe that what gives each of us our own unique sound comes from the experiences that we each have in life. Without your disability, you would not be the man or the musician you are today. And we all love you as a whole package. Our strengths come from overcoming our weaknesses, and often those with the most weakness become the strongest. So again, thank you for giving us this wonderful opportunity to glean from your incredible life as one of our greatest musical treasures.

A fellow student

Thank you Mr. Perlman! I have often wondered how violinists accomplish what they do. I play harp and organ, and while I may never play a violin, I found much that you taught that transfers. I really enjoyed hearing what you had to say, and of course what you played. Amazing!

Nii O.

I’ve been looking forward to this MasterClass for months. It was truly worth it! Thank you Mr. Perlman!

Diana B.

Thank you so much for this excellent class, he is really an inspiration for any musician!