"Stimulating. Enjoyable. Productive. Achievable!"

Said no one, ever, about scale practice! But this course changes all that!
With me as your guide, you will have a practice companion. We will explore numerous approaches to scales, together!
At the end of this course, scales will be your old pal, not a frightening mystery.
DO NOT PURCHASE if you are currently enrolled in Red Desert Violin Suzuki Book 4. You already have these lessons. Lucky you!!

Tackle Scale Practice Head-On!

5-Pronged Approach

This course will offer 5 “phases” or facets of scale practice. This not only combats boredom, it also gives direction and purpose to your scale practice, keeping your mind focused and engaged.


Dive Deep, or Go Wide. You can choose to only do one scale, but apply it to all five phases. Or, you may prefer to attempt many scales and keys, but only apply them to Phase One. There is no wrong way!


This course will keep you engaged and focused by giving you different things to pay attention to, requiring your full mental participation. Scale practice has never been so refreshing!

Who needs this course?

ANYONE who is ready to start 3 octave scale work

ANYONE who thinks scale practice is boring

Teachers who need a fresh approach to scales for their students

Advanced violinists who know scales should be doing more for their playing


What can scale practice do for your playing?

    • Improve your intonation
    • Help you play MUCH faster
    • Help you play MUCH more cleanly
    • Improve the accuracy of your shifts
    • Learn your fingerboard like a Ninja, gain full command of positions
    • Improve your ear training and use of “intervals” to guide you
    • Improve your tone; understand how to create nice tone in high positions
    • Expand your self-critique; listen on a deeper level; start noticing tiny details you never noticed before
    • Gain fluidity in both hands
    • Standard Carl Flesch fingerings for every scale and arpeggio
    • Lora’s preferred fingerings (when they differ from Flesch)
    • Discussions about the logic behind fingerings (this will help you memorize them, and stay versatile)
    • A logical process for puzzling through bow distribution
    • Fun tools to keep scale practice fresh, including accompaniment tracks
    • Understanding of the Galamian Accelerating Scale (which Flesch also used, by the way)
    • Dozens of ideas on how to use scales to address problems in your playing

What Red Desert Violin Students Are Saying

People just like you are learning to play the violin with my lessons.

I tried to find out what I was doing with each hand to produce the ugly sound. So I paid close attention to my physical movements. Voila! Several of your lessons flashed before my eyes :). One was the three elements of tone production. Another was the dreaded broken chicken wing. A third was colle and hand. A fourth was left hand death grip. So I took them one by one to see what difference each would make. Again voila! The ugly sound went away. … I can now believe that I actually could get some tunes down well. And a change in a part of one’s limiting belief system is a very big deal from my point of view. So thank you and congrats on finding a way to do that for so many of us.
Jarl N.

Lansing, MI

When I started to play the violin, I tried several things to teach myself how. Traditional lessons were, at the time, completely out of the question since I was a truck driver full time, and out there in The Real World. … What you have is the best, and absolutely perfect, way for me to learn.

You’re fun! You have ways of teaching that suits me and my learning abilities. I can take my time, go at a pace that allows me to have a life also. You know, work and such. If I feel I want to take 2 weeks, or even more, to do a week lesson, well, so be it. You aren’t yelling at me to hurry up and get it already.

I did a lot of research before I settled on you. There are many choices for computer aided violin instruction out there. You were the most human, most fun, most real.

Karis B


I am a trained musician, and I have had teachers. Good teachers. But none have pointed out these fun, interesting, and IMPORTANT, tricks, techniques, and exercises like Lora does. When Lora shows something like RINGY NOTES or 3 pig races, or Practice your Bow in a Mirror, for example, and then she sums it up with: Do this every day and it will PAY OFF BIG TIME… or she says: You”ll get Lots of BANG for Your BUCK HERE… well, that motivates me!

And it’s really happening. I actually enjoy practicing for the first time in my life, and I’m 54. LOL It’s because the way Lora breaks it down, it’s do-able. You are able to take each little skill and see how and where you need to fix it. Then all the little skills fit together like a big puzzle that I finally realize is POSSIBLE for me to ACCOMPLISH. This is a very fun approach. THANK YOU

Cyd R

Ocala, FL

“Three Octave Scales for Advanced Vioilnists” includes the following:

  • Over 130 videos, including both lessons and play-along videos
  • Downloadable accompaniment audio tracks for every scale, major and minor
  • Printable sheet music for bow patterns (Phase 4)
  • Printable sheet music for rhythm patterns (Phase 5)
  • Condensed 1-page “Magic Fingering Chart” puts everything you need on ONE PAGE!
  • Standard Carl Flesch fingerings for every scale and arpeggio (and Lora’s preferred fingerings when the two differ)
  • Discussions about the logic behind fingerings (this will help you memorize them, and stay versatile)
  • Opportunities to utilize your knowledge of “bow distrtribution”
  • Fun tools to keep scale practice fresh, including accompaniment tracks
  • Lessons on the Accelerating Scale (which builds wicked speed in your playing!)
  • Dozens of ideas on how to use scales to address problems in your playing
  • Personal access to my help and technical support for two full years.

Plus, unlimited access to your lesson videos for two full years.

One of the best things about Red Desert Violin is our delivery and student care. The lesson videos allow you to “self-serve” at your own pace, but you are not on your own! We don’t just throw you in and hope you can swim! Help is never more than a click away!

  • You will be charged one time only for this course.
  • You will gain access to the entire course immediately upon registration.
  • Access your lessons any time you want from your own “My.RedDesertViolin.com” member portal.
  • You have unlimited access to my help and technical support for two full years.
  • Access your videos for two full years. After that, you may renew for a very affordable fee.
  • Watch the videos as often as you like, on any device with a fast internet connection.
  • What if I have not done one and two octave scales? If you are an intermediate player who is shifting and playing in 3rd and 5th position, then you should begin 3 octave scales. If you have barely started shifting and 3rd position, then you need to study 1 and 2 octave scales before attempting this course.
  • What if I sign up and don’t like these lessons? I stand behind the quality of my lessons 100%. If you decide this approach does not work for you, simply email me within 30 days, and you will be fully refunded with no arguments from me! I respect our differences!
  • Don’t I need contact with a live teacher? Yes! And I work very hard to shrink the distance between us. You can reach out to me anytime through the comments section where you’ll get personal feedback from me and your peers. You have unlimited personal access to my help and tech support for your first year. After that, you can purchase an extension to continue getting personal attention. I’ll always be there to answer questions personally and give support and encouragement.
  • Do I need to buy music? No. Everything you need for this course will be provided for you to print. That said, it is a GREAT idea to own a decent scale book. I recommend the Carl Flesch book, although at 142 pages, this book is a little over the top! If you like simpler condensed layouts, I recommend the 35-page Barbara Barber “Scales for Advanced Violinists” books. BOTH cover the same exercises.
  • How long will I have access to my lessons? You will have access to all of the lessons for two full years. After that, you can purchase extended access for as long as you want.

ALL for the introductory price of $59 USD

Your credit card will be billed once for $59 when you sign up.
*IMPORTANT NOTE! If you are currently enrolled in the larger “Suzuki Violin Book 4” course (Basic or Deluxe), these lessons are included in that course! You do not need to purchase them.

Learn what scales do for us and how to practice them.
Get a handle on EVERY key by learning only 3 fingerings!
Develop your own fingering preferences.
Improve intonation.
Learn to play “cleanly”
Improve accuracy of your shifts                                                                 
Learn your fingerboard!