Choosing a set of violin strings can be tricky. What type do I buy? How much do I want to spend? What’s the difference between a ‘ball end’ and a ‘knotted end’? We'll cover all those questions and more. There's even a FAQ section at the end of this article. But the goal is to put everything you’ll need to know to choose the right violin strings for you into this … [Read more...] about All About Violin Strings (And How To Choose The Right Ones)
Some love it. Some hate it. The Suzuki method is controversial, no doubt. But does it work? Well, it is used all over the world, as a music curriculum and a teaching philosophy. Many teachers and students swear by it. Many others swear about it. It works great for some. It leaves others hating the violin for life. Learning the violin is hard, so it comes as no … [Read more...] about What Is The Suzuki Method And Is It Effective For Learning The Violin?
Who knew there were so many violin sizes?! So, you’ve decided that you or your child want violin lessons and you need to get a violin. The first thing you'll notice is all the different sizes. Which one do you need? Don't worry, it's actually not that difficult to pick the appropriate violin size. Whether you are buying a beginner violin or a more advanced instrument, … [Read more...] about Violin Sizes Explained And How To Choose The Right One
All violinists, have been there. Breaking a string is incredibly frustrating. Maybe you’ve broken one mid-practice. Or one of your tuning pegs has become loose in your case and caused your string to snap. No matter how it broke, it always makes us want to shout “WHY?!” Once we’ve calmed down, our first thought, may be to head to our local instrument shop and have our … [Read more...] about How To Fix A Broken Violin String In 6 Easy Steps (With Video)
Are you a first time learner looking to find out more about the parts of your new violin? Or simply curious? Either way, you’re in the right place. Mastering a violin’s design goes hand in hand with mastering how to play it. I also realize that your violin may need repairing every now and then, and I want to make sure you’re prepared for this. Throughout this … [Read more...] about The Parts Of A Violin And How To Fix Them
That large instrument that looks like a violin could actually be several things. The violin family has 4 primary members, of which the violin is the smallest, the viola the next smallest, the cello larger than that and the double bass the largest. The viola is the most similar to the violin, since they are both played on the shoulder. It is larger than the … [Read more...] about Huge Violin-Like Instrument: What Is It And How Does It Compare?
No idea what gift to get the violinist in your life? Obviously, you can't go wrong with a violin-related present. The best violin gifts are something useful that helps the violinist pursue his or her craft. But violin-themed ornaments and trinkets can make good presents, too. I've come up with a list of some great gift ideas for violin teachers, students, players or … [Read more...] about Violin Gifts (Best Presents For Violin Players, Students And Teachers)
It's not an easy choice. The violin and the viola are very similar. But there are a few key differences. Plus, they both have unique advantages for players who choose them. The key to deciding on either the violin or the viola is figuring out which instrument's advantages are more important to you. And which one's disadvantages are easier to live with. Once you have … [Read more...] about Violin Or Viola: Which Should I Play?
You may have seen a stringed instrument that is played with a bow in a Japanese movie and wondered what it was. Well, if it was indeed a Japanese movie, it was most likely a kokyu. But if the movie was Chinese or set in China, the instrument was probably an erhu. I'll cover both instruments below, since the look very similar to the untrained eye. Kokyu — The … [Read more...] about Japanese Violin-Like Instrument: What Is It Exactly?
If you've got a budding violinist in the family, you know how expensive these instruments can be. One solution is to get a beginner violin, but with those, you obviously sacrifice quality. The Bunnel Pupil Violin from Kennedy Violin might be the perfect solution. It is the perfect compromise between quality and price. It is a little more expensive than other violins in … [Read more...] about Bunnel Pupil Violin Outfit Review