As violinists, there are times when we don't want to practice. And there are other times when we feel the sudden urge to improve our playing skills and want to practice no matter what. Often, those times come in the dead of the night or at other times when our practicing would be most unwelcome. And it's not just sudden bursts of creative energy. There are instances … [Read more...] about How To Put On A Violin Mute (Step-By-Step Instructions For All Types Of Mutes)
Tips on playing the violin, caring for your violin and much more.
Learning any instrument is a long hard journey. And the violin is tougher than most. When motivation starts waning and you feel like your skills just aren't progressing, easy violin songs for beginners are just what you need. These songs are all fairly easy to play, but they sound impressive. They are a great way to show off when you are just starting out on the … [Read more...] about Easy Violin Songs For Beginners (That Sound Impressive)
It can be a bit scary, especially the first time. Even if you know how to rosin your violin bow strings, if you've never done it, there is a lot to worry about. What is the right amount of rosin? How often to you need to apply rosin? Which type of rosin is best? Those questions and more are answered below, along with step by step instructions for rosining your … [Read more...] about How To Rosin A Violin Bow
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 … [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 violin, but not … [Read more...] about Huge Violin-Like Instrument: What Is It And How Does It Compare?
It's not an easy choice. The violin and the viola are very similar. But there are a few key differences. Thanks to those differences, 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 … [Read more...] about Violin Or Viola: Which Should I Play?