About the eMedia My violin CD rom
This is a review for the eMedia my violin interactive CD rom violin lessons. The CD rom was actually purchased several years ago for my younger sister when she first started learning how to play the violin, and she dug the CD out for me to take a look at it so that I could start on my eMedia my violin set review.
The eMedia my violin CD rom teaches you the violin from the comfort of your home and offers step by step instructions to help you learn everything you need to know about the violin. The average price for the eMedia my violin CD rom fluctuates between $40 through $50 USD, and is compatible for both Mac and Windows operating systems. When you put the CD in for the first time it provides easy to understand installation instructions so that you can get the program up and running without any problems. Before I get into my review I will list the computer system requirements for the eMedia my violin interactive lessons program:
Macintosh minimum system requirements
- Power pc G3 or better (Intel ok), Mac OS X 10.1+
- 64MB free ram, CD-Rom
- *Computer Microphone
Windows minimum system requirements
- Pentium II PC, Windows 98/2000/NT/Me/xp/vista
- 64MB free ram CD-ROM
- *Computer Microphone
You will need a microphone because it is used for several of the eMedia my violin tools, ranging from tuning the violin, to playing along with songs, to showing you if you have your fingers placed in the right positions. If you don’t have a microphone for your computer a lot of the interactive features will not work.
Fun and Interactive Violin lessons
When you start the program for the first time, Val the violin will introduce herself to you and will walk you through each step of how to use the program. The eMedia my violin program has clickable buttons that trigger audio or video samples to help you learn how to play the violin and it allows you to visually see and hear everything that they teach you to help you comprehend the lessons more effectively. The lessons give you tips about what size of violin you should buy, how to tune your instrument, and teaches you all of the fundamental basics about learning how to play the violin. The first few lessons will teach you about the open string notes, the parts of the violin, and how to properly hold your violin and bow so that you can perfect your technique and playing skills.
The eMedia my violin CD lessons also gives advice and tips on how to keep your instrument safe and clean so that it always sounds at its best. Almost all of the lessons have a video to show you detailed instructions to help you understand what they are teaching. The eMedia my violin CD rom also has fun and easy mini games to help you learn how to play the violin and memorize the string names without making it feel like a chore. One of the best parts that I liked about the eMedia my violin lessons is that it remembers your progress from where you last left off. When I closed the program I was on number 57, when I reentered the program the next day I was able to pick right back up where I left off on number 57 to continue my violin lessons.
As you progress through the lessons the eMedia my violin CD rom slowly starts to grow in difficulty to teach you popular songs like Mary had a little lamb and hot cross buns, as well as violin scales and basic music theory.
eMedia my violin tools
The eMedia my violin has a task bar at the top of the screen with a list of options; one of the buttons on the task bar is labeled “Tools”. With the tools tab you can use a variety of options to help you learn how to play the violin.
The automatic tuner is designed to show you the four open notes of the violin on the screen. If you click on one of the notes it will play a sound effect for you to hear how your violin is supposed to sound when it is in tune. If you play the violin in front of your computer with the automatic tuner open it will pick up on the note and show you if the note is too sharp or too flat. The eMedia my violin automatic tuner is great because it works just like a hand held electronic tuner but on your computer. I still recommend that you buy an electronic chromatic tuner so that you can take it with you wherever you go.
The Finger tracker tool shows you the violin’s fingerboard and the finger positions for all of the notes on your violin. If the note is in tune and your fingers are in the right position the string and finger position will light up to show you that you played it correctly. If your finger is not in the right position it will light up and show you how far off your finger is from the proper note so that you can make the right adjustments to play all the notes in tune. The finger tracker for me was not as accurate as I would have liked it to be. When I plucked the E string there were times it wouldn’t pick up the sound or display any notes, or I would play a note and it would display the wrong string. I’m not sure if this was a problem with my microphone settings or the program, so if you experience the same problem try adjusting your microphones sensitivity settings to see if the notes display correctly.
The Metronome is used to help you keep time and stay on melody with the song. It has seven preset speed options, but you can also manually choose how fast or slow the ticker should move for your violin lessons.
The digital recorder is used to record and save your violin lessons on your computer so that you can play them back to keep track of your progress. If you ever think that you aren’t making any progress you can always listen to a recording from one of your older lessons to hear how much you’ve improved.
My Overall thoughts
I really like the eMedia my violin CD rom and I recommend that you give it a try if you are learning how to play the violin. The lessons are made for children that are just starting out with the violin and looking for easy violin lessons, but if you are a grown adult you will still find the lessons to be helpful and beneficial to your progress of learning how to play the violin.
I highly recommend this program for violinists of all ages.
For more information please visit the eMedia official website.