Category: Violin

The Biggest Error With Adult Violin Lessons Online

by: Richard Rowley

There are many adults worldwide searching for violin lessons online or offline. Learning to play any instrument later in life is a very challenging and exciting time. However there is one common mistake that many adults make during the learning curve. If you can avoid this you will progress much quicker.

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The major error I see a lot of adults make when learning an instrument is that their ears are too developed! Okay I know this sounds strange and having developed ears is not really the problem.Continue reading The Biggest Error With Adult Violin Lessons Online

Sheet Music for Violin and Other String Instruments

By Helen Baxter

The violin is a bowed stringed instrument and is the highest pitched member of the violin family. It sits along side its cousins – the other members of the violin family – the viola, cello, and double bass.

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The bow of the violin is a narrow, slightly incurved stick of Pernambuco about 75 cm long, with a band of horsehair stretched from end to end of the bowstick. The violin has four strings tuned a fifth apart, to the notes G, D, A, and E.

On early violins the strings were of pure gut. Today they may be of gut, gut wound with aluminum or silver, steel, or perlon.Continue reading Sheet Music for Violin and Other String Instruments

Suzuki Violin Compared To Traditional Violin Lessons

By Helen Baxter

The Suzuki violin method has come to dominate the way violin is taught in America and throughout much of the world. Mention the Suzuki violin method to music educators, and you will get a variety of responses.

While it is common for some teachers to mix elements of Suzuki violin method with the traditional approach other teachers either love or hate the Suzuki method. Let’s examine the Suzuki violin versus the traditional violin below.
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The Suzuki violin study method emphasizes passive modes of learning – watching and listening. Before engaging in formal study, Suzuki violin students are exposed to recordings of the first and subsequent pieces they will play, as well as recordings of great performances from the general classical repertory.

This continues when students begin formal study and as they progress. Recordings are played as “background music,” for hours each day and at low volume levels. Here, the thinking is that exposure to recordings is similar to the effect of immersion that naturally occurs in the process of primary language acquisition.

Successful study is enhanced by prolonged repeated exposure. Suzuki violin students develop an internal model of the music to be studied. They memorize the music and internalize the nuances of pitch, tone, timing, articulation, and dynamics demonstrated in recorded performances.Continue reading Suzuki Violin Compared To Traditional Violin Lessons

3 Useful Tips For Buying A Violin or Fiddle

By Elan Chalford, MM.

“How do I buy a violin, (or fiddle)?”

That question has risen to the top of the fiddle FAQ list, even above “What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle?”
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This is an account of how Richard Blackwell, my student, actually purchased a violin.

He had been using a good quality student violin on loan from his sister. He was ready to upgrade to a better quality violin when his sister asked for her violin to be returned.Continue reading 3 Useful Tips For Buying A Violin or Fiddle

Quick and Easy Violin Mute

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By Joey Robichaux

One of the reasons I picked up the violin was because it was easier to travel with than a guitar (not that I haven’t found some nice travel guitars, but that’s another story). It fits in an airplane overhead and is easy to carry!

However, I want to be considerate of the folks in the rooms around me when I’m playing in my hotel room.

I decided I needed a mute — there are a lot of gizmos you can attach easily (and not so easily) to your violin to reduce the sound. Continue reading Quick and Easy Violin Mute