Daily Virtuoso

Practicing shouldn’t feel like a constant battle with your own limitations.

Experience the revolutionary membership experience that helps you take control of your progress — while learning the greatest pieces in the repertoire (no more waiting!)

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I’m Nathan Cole,
and I want to make you a Daily Virtuoso…


“Before, I’d spend hours practicing but it wasn’t targeted enough to see the kind of improvements that I needed. Nathan helped me focus on the skills I needed to improve the most. He has a special ability to pinpoint and distill the most essential information incredibly clearly.”

– James McFadden-Talbot, Louisville Orchestra

The absolute key to daily progress is realizing you’re ready now

I don’t need to tell you that everything in your life will transform the moment you…

  • Truly fall in love with your daily practice
  • Blow your own mind with your technical ability
  • Play the great music written for the violin, and actually like how you sound

But what you might not realize is this:

Getting there isn’t about waiting until you feel worthy while shutting yourself off from the very music that made you pick up the violin in the first place.

It’s about using Bach, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, and all the rest to become a better player. To face AND CHANGE your inner dialogue about who you are as an artist.

Count me in!

Nothing will keep you from the music you want to play anymore, not…

Misinformed judgments about your own unworthiness

Mozart’s 3rd violin concerto was a great success, yet he wrote to his father about the concertmaster who performed it: “…that coarse and dirty Brunetti who is a disgrace to his master, to himself and to the whole orchestra.”

Orchestra/gig-related repertoire overwhelm

I’ll be right there with you, as I commit to my solo playing while performing full time in the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Thinking you still need to spend another 3 years solidifying your fundamentals

The Daily Virtuoso is all about building the fundamentals through the practice of great music.

Over the last 20+ years, I’ve inspired tens of thousands of violinists through my online courses and YouTube videos.

I’ve also spent decades teaching privately and doing audition coaching.

As serious violinists, we hold ourselves to impossibly high standards. You may have heard the phrase, “stop comparing your ‘behind-the-scenes’ to someone else’s ‘highlight reel.’” That about sums it up for us, doesn’t it?

When you expect your daily work to sound like the (often edited) performance of an established star, you set yourself up for failure on a daily basis. You come to expect it.

And lower expectations mean smaller dreams. Those magnificent cornerstones of the violin repertoire seem to float further and further away.

You keep practicing but your morale decays as time passes. After another month, or another year, you’re not any closer to enjoying the pieces that made you fall in love with the violin in the first place.

And your daily practice becomes a constant uphill battle with little reward.

Does any of this sound familar?

The hardest part of the day
Opening the case. Every time you take out the instrument, it feels like starting from scratch. Yesterday’s practice never seems to show up in today’s playing.
An impossible task
You can’t improve in all the ways you want, all at once. But maybe it’s “good enough for orchestra,” as they say!
The hamster wheel
You’re constantly working on someone else’s music: pieces you don’t want to play, stacks of scores. It’s overwhelming, and stopped being fun a while ago.
An internal practice bully
He doesn’t let you win, ever. Your self-talk alone makes practicing miserable.
The imitation game
You spend free moments polishing the pieces your students are learning…and you fear you’re starting to sound like them too.
Feeling alone
You can’t let colleagues know about your self-doubt. Everyone else seems to have it figured out.

If these thoughts have haunted you in the past – you’re not alone.

And here’s some good news: in the Daily Virtuoso, you’ll be writing a new narrative about yourself as an artist — in addition to solidifying the technical foundation that has always eluded you.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

A community of support
  • Colleagues and friends who will stand alongside you for years to come, sharing in your violin victories and the inevitable challenges. Feeling alone? Not anymore.
Mindset and attitude
  • As you separate practice from self-worth, you’ll be free to find better solutions with less work. Instead of focusing on how you’re failing, you’ll start seeing results.
No more spinning your wheels
  • I’ll guide you with practice planning. You’ll have the focus and clarity to get the most out of whatever practice time you do have.
The great repertoire, now
  • My modular approach means you can go at your own pace, meeting your current abilities and stretching in an appropriate way.

All in all, the Daily Virtuoso will teach you how to make daily progress in the practice room the norm — so that improvement is undeniable!

Ready to start?

“As far as my playing, the technical aspects and the musicality, I’m able to dig into a much deeper level of practicing and inquiry. And I think I express myself at a depth that I wasn’t sure was possible. And I’m talking about playing repertoire that is very demanding that I honestly came in wondering, “Is this even possible for me?” And now I know, yes, this is absolutely possible. Working with Nathan has been completely transformative.”
Chrystal Smothers
Chrystal Smothers
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In the Daily Virtuoso, we do things differently…

We use the greatest repertoire as the vehicle for building your technical foundation — it’s functional fitness, on the violin.

The double-stops and chords in Bach: we’ll find the culprit behind your intonation inconsistencies and help you reorganize your left hand frame.
The singing legato in the Mendelssohn concerto: we’ll examine how the three bow variables come together to create any kind of lyrical sound you could imagine.
The fiery last page of Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro: we'll turn it into a series of double-stops…and you’ll walk away with creative practice strategies that you can apply to any tough spot.
Those boring etudes: we'll see how they support the major repertoire, and how that direct connection totally changes your motivation to work through them.
No more choosing between technique and great music.

Here, you’ll improve your foundations as you learn the music you love.
And even better?

You’ll see surprise improvements popping up in your playing all over the place: your very next gig, rehearsal, lesson…even the big auditions and performances.

It’s impossible to predict how all of that growth will impact you. 

You might feel ready and inspired to…

And if you’re a teacher, you’ll discover you have new tools (and a growing excitement about your playing) to share with your students — to help them step onto a faster highway of violin progress.

Here’s Katie — a professional orchestral player — who rediscovered her desire to learn new repertoire through our work together:

“The most exciting thing for me? It’s not about the auditions that I’ve taken this year, and it’s not about how I improved my playing for that specific stuff. I have been challenged this year to learn new repertoire for the first time in maybe 20 years. And I’ve learned some Ysaÿe solo sonatas, I’ve learned some Paganini, and I have been practicing like crazy because I am so inspired by this course.”
Katie Betts
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Katie Betts

I’m Nathan Cole, your violin guide

I play as First Associate Concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and I’m on the faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. After a degree from the Curtis Institute, I joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony. I’m in my third decade with major orchestras. I’ve also been helping violinists online for 15 years, leading thousands of players through such events as the Violympics, Bach on the Road, the Spring Audition Intensive, and the Summer Bach Retreat.

It’s always bothered me to see players struggling to get through a door that could easily be unlocked with the right key. And as I’ve been blessed with knowledgeable, patient teachers who have given me the right keys over the years, I’ve always wanted to pass them on to others. Since 2001 — when natesviolin.com went live — I’ve been able to do just that, working with violinists I’ve never met in person!

For the last few years, my high-level Virtuoso Master Course has been the laboratory in which I’ve tested strategies and solutions with my most dedicated students. Summer programs, like the Violympics, have demonstrated the power of community paired with repertoire-based challenges. That’s why the Daily Virtuoso is the natural evolution of my teaching, bringing together the best of the VMC and the summer: year-round mentorship as part of a worldwide studio of dedicated violinists.

And as much fulfillment as I get from helping you, I’m taking the Daily Virtuoso journey for myself! By making a multi-year commitment to my growth as an artist, I’ll be in the best position to share only the best and most proven wisdom with you.

“We often make sports analogies in our field, but one cue that we musicians seem to have missed is the fact that sports professionals have coaches for the entirety of their careers. Nathan’s Virtuoso Master Course was my opportunity, at my age and stage, to try that on. And….it turns out that the athletes are on to something. An entire season spent in the midst of a such a brilliant violinist and pedagogue yielded countless fresh ideas for both my teaching and playing that have added up into something radically — and transformationally —better. This was a space to break through some limits that had long left me frustrated, as well as a space to stay immersed in the inspiration of Nathan’s uncanny acuity. In the bigger picture, my great takeaway is that this course inspired a deep reclamation of my love for violin playing and performing. What a gift!”
Rebecca McFaul
Fry Street Quartet, Utah State University
Rebecca McFaul

Ready to become a Daily Virtuoso? Here’s how it works:

Quarterly repertoire projects

Each quarter I’ll teach you dream-list repertoire (pieces that are on my dream list, at least!), with weekly video lectures and assignments to break down overwhelming projects into doable action steps.

You can work on all pieces or just one. I’ll provide you with lots of options, and you get to go at your pace.

Monthly live sessions

We have a handful of live sessions every month, including:

  • Workouts (technical deep dives)
  • Hot seats (feedback on questions and playing from the group)
  • Practice squads (meet up with your friends to practice and ask questions in these special sessions led by some of my top students)

Weekly practice plans

Every week, I bring you approximately one hour of new video lessons to help you through our repertoire. You’ll get a written breakdown of practice assignments to accompany those videos.

These practice plans offer you the precise ingredients to design daily practice agendas that fit into your schedule. It’s both structured — so that you’re not wasting precious time and mental energy on figuring out how to use your time — and forgiving, so that there’s no way you can do it “wrong” when making those tough choices about how to use your precious practice minutes each day.


What if I can't make the live sessions?
Not a problem! Everything is recorded and available to you as long as you're a member. That way, you can participate at your own pace. Whenever you are able to show up live, we'll be happy to have you there!
What if I fall behind on the weekly practice plans?
We all fall behind at some point or another, so you’ll be in good company! The most important thing is to not let it cause you to close the case forever. Just know that you have access to everything as long as you are enrolled in the Daily Virtuoso.

Your complete toolkit

As I promised, by studying some epic violin pieces, we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to every dimension of violin technique. You can bet that I’ll be teaching:

  • Scales
  • Double-Stops
  • Bow Variables (sounding point, speed, pressure)
  • Detaché
  • Colle
  • Martelé
  • Spiccato
  • Vibrato
  • Shifting

…and so much more.

The moment you sign in, you’ll immediately get access to my “Virtuoso Vault” of videos covering these core technical elements.

Plus, I’ll introduce you to my “Daily 5” that will level up your practice session in a matter of minutes.

Through my weekly practice plans, you’ll become fluent with the ingredients of a bulletproof practice session, and you’ll learn how to build your own daily routine in no time.

Plus, did I mention…

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…that by joining the Daily Virtuoso, you are entering the greatest online violin community that exists?

My programs are known for their exceptional communities that are all about friendship, collaboration, and mutual support. You’ll be inspired by having so many colleagues who are dedicated to getting better at the violin — and having fun while doing it!

If you participated in the Violympics or the Summer Bach Retreat, you know you can look forward to more of this:

Let’s get going!

A year of Masterworks

You’re probably wondering, “What pieces will we learn in our first year?”

I’m glad you asked: the 2023-24 repertoire will include:

  • Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in e minor
  • Bach, Sonata in a minor
  • Kreisler, Praeludium and Allegro
  • Bruch, Violin Concerto
  • Beethoven, Sonata No. 10 in G major for Piano and Violin
  • Sarasate, Introduction and Tarantella
  • Bach, Partita in b minor
  • Wieniawski, Concerto No. 2 in d minor
  • Elgar, Salut d’Amour
  • Beethoven, Violin Concerto
  • Franck, Sonata for Violin and Piano
  • Paganini, Caprice No. 24

Of course, you’re not under any obligation to learn all of these in your first year. You’re free to pick and choose… Remember, the lessons and practice plans are yours as long as you’re a Daily Virtuoso!

And what if some of these seem out of reach? Don’t be discouraged — check out what Stephen had to say about working on a challenge during my Summer Bach Retreat…

Bach a minor
Stephen Bach quote
“Since working with Nathan, my left hand has totally transformed! It’s so exciting to feel that my pinky is more curved and my finger action is so much more agile. And I’m really excited about shifts – the whole substitution shift was a total revelation to me! It’s so cool to be able to feel excited about that kind of stuff.

The first time the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra went back to the stage, I noticed that the excitement was inviting me to just do the same old thing: overwork and overplay. Instead, I was just letting the tools do the work. I thought, ‘Huh, this is actually sort of easy. I can trust myself to just play the notes and play them well.’ And I wasn’t exhausted anymore.”
Rachel Moody
Auckland Philharmonia
Rachel Moody
left hand setup

New to learning violin online?

You’ll be amazed at how effective it can be.

There’s a reason I started making video tutorials in the early days of YouTube. It’s because I wanted violinists everywhere to have access to the best information to solve their problems.

Every time I’ve found a solution to my own technical challenges, I’ve been eager to share it. Why should you have to struggle when there’s an easier way?

My students are spread around the world, are all ages, and come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Even seasoned pros have solved their stickiest technical challenges through my video tutorials:

Are you ready to become a Daily Virtuoso?

Imagine that it’s a year from now.

Take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come in a year… You realize that now:

…And more. The possibilities are endless when you allow yourself to become the musician you’ve always wanted to be, by claiming the music you’ve always loved as yours.

So why wait another year to change your violin life?

“Working with Nathan has changed my outlook on practicing by taking the emotion out of it. Instead of, ‘Oh, I’m so stupid, why can’t I do this?’ it’s ‘Oh, that’s interesting. What can I do to change that?’

I’ve realized I never want to stop improving on the violin.”
Aja Majkrzak
Aja Majkrzak

If you join the Daily Virtuoso before the end of 2023…

You are eligible for Founding Member pricing…which you will lock in for life!

That’s right: the Daily Virtuoso is not a one-time event.

This experience is my new “studio” and it represents an ongoing commitment I am making to teach the great violin repertoire to my students over the years to come.

It also represents my commitment to my own growth as a violinist; I want to prioritize spending time with the music I love. Let’s do it together! 

“What would you pay for a new foundation? That’s the question, because you can have that — you can build a new foundation for your playing. You can learn to play Don Juan beautifully, or you can have a whole new foundation and play Don Juan and everything else beautifully too.”
Jess Ingrassellino
Jess Ingrassellino

If you discover that The Daily Virtuoso is not for you, no worries. You have 14 days from your initial payment date to cancel your membership and receive a refund, no questions asked. In subsequent years, you’ll have this same 14-day window to change your mind at the start of each annual billing cycle. If you’re paying monthly, you can cancel anytime.

Settle or reach higher?

Whether you’re a professional musician or a dedicated hobbyist, if you’ve made it down this far, I know that you’ve devoted years or decades of your life to the violin.

It’s so easy to convince ourselves to settle for where we are now. What if we set our sights higher, on something we *really* want, and end up feeling disappointed and embarrassed? 

I’ve been there, believe me. I know how easy it is to lose sight of the great parts of playing the violin. Whether you…

  • Are exhausted teaching 30 hours a week
  • Rely on freelance work and feel like you can never say no to a gig
  • Feel your stomach turn as you walk into an orchestra rehearsal and see your grouchy colleagues (who don’t seem to bother with practicing anymore)
  • Are tired of friends and family asking, “Oh, are you still doing the violin thing?”

So many forces — especially in the professional music world, let me tell you — can drag us down, tempt us to phone it in, and make us question our life choices. But together we can create a different experience, centered on our shared love for and commitment to playing our favorite instrument — the violin!

You’ve already done the hardest part, which is just getting started. And you’ve stuck with it and made it this far! 

What if this chapter of your violin life is still just the beginning of what is possible for you?

What would happen if you believed that some of your greatest violin moments lie ahead of you, and all you had to do was start relating to your daily practice rhythm a little differently? 

If you’re ready to find out, I hope you’ll join me in the Daily Virtuoso.

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