Slowing down mp3 tracks

When first playing along with a piece, it can help to slow down the tracks while you get used to the speed. To slow down the tracks you'll need them as mp3s (not just as a CD). If you need help converting the CD to mp3s just ask me, I can help šŸ™‚ To slow down the mp3s you canĀ search for an mp3 speed changer app or try these:

On ipad or iphone, try theĀ anytune app (free I think) or Perfect Tempo (costs about US$5).

On andriod, try the freeĀ audipo app

On a computer, try either speedshifter ( or the VLC player.

On the VLC software, the speed selector isn't always visible on the player by default but you can put it on by following these instructions: Go to theĀ Tools menu, then "Customise interface". Now in the "main toolbar" tab you should see a scrollable list of many items that you could put into your toolbar. Scroll right down near the bottom to find the "Speed selector". Click and drag this up into the main toolbar area, then click close. You should now see a little "1.00 x" in the bottom toolbar area of your VLC player.


A metronome can be helpful for older intermediate/advanced students. I don't suggest using a metronome with children in book 1. You can search for metronome apps or try these:

On iphone/ipad: Promoetronome
On Android: Metronome beats

Tuning your violin

There are many ways to tune your violin:
You can tune your violin to a piano.
You can carry a chromatic tuner in your case, like the D'Addario or the Snark SN-5 (especially good for a child who doesn't have a phone)
You can use an app that sounds the pitches of the strings (like a tuning fork) or you can use a chromatic tuner app.

For most people a chromatic tuner app on their phone will be the most practical solution. You can search for "chromatic tuner" or try these:

On iOS InsTuner

On Android Best Tuner

On computer Tuner Ninja


New Zealand Suzuki Institute (NZSI)

If you are in New Zealand, I highly recommend you join the New Zealand Suzuki Institute so you receive their newsletter and can attend their events.Ā 

Recommended reading

About the philosophy of the Suzuki Method:

Nurtured By Love

Ability Development from Age Zero