A violin is a fragile wooden instrument. If you drop it, it can break. If it’s too dry, the wood can crack. If it’s too humid, the wood can expand, making the pegs impossible to turn. And if your fingers are too oily, the oil can damage the varnish on your violin. It is the beautiful balance between all the delicate parts of the violin that delivers the timeless sound … [Read more...] about How To Protect Your Violin: Complete Guide
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Deciding on a violin can be hard. Especially if you are just starting out. As a beginner, you probably want to keep costs down as much as possible. But you also want to avoid getting stuck with a cheap violin that sounds bad and constantly has issues. Luckily, that is not hard to do, if you know what to look for. Below we give you the most obvious signs of a cheap … [Read more...] about Signs Of A Cheap Violin (10 Obvious Giveaways)
The best violinists take the instrument to another level. They make it sing in a way a merely good, or even great, player never can. Check out some of the world's most famous violinists to see what I mean. Listening to (or even better watching) them play is mesmerizing. But who is a famous violin player? Who should you listen to, if you want to hear the violin at its … [Read more...] about Most Famous Violinists: The 9 Best Violin Players Of All Time
Have you ever seen an electric violinist play? While the sound is different, the actual playing of the instrument seems basically the same as a standard violin. And it is. If you can play an acoustic violin, you won't need to learn how to play the electric violin. That said, it's not quite the same. The feel of playing the two instruments is different. Because the … [Read more...] about How To Play The Electric Violin (Including Setup & Tuning)
Isn't it obvious? I mean, look at them. They look totally different! Yes, but there are differences apart from the physical appearance. And sure, those differences are also obvious to some. If you already know all of the differences of the electric violin vs violin and you know exactly which one you want, there's no need to read further. But if you're wondering how … [Read more...] about Electric Violin Vs Violin (Acoustic): Which Is Best For You?
The cello is really just a big violin, right? Yes, but also no. The two do look very similar and they are played in a similar fashion, but they are actually quite different. They size and weight obviously differs, but so does the way the sound, the way you hold them while playing, the cost, the demand for professionals who play them, and the level of competition you … [Read more...] about Violin Vs Cello: Which Is Better For You?
Isn't it obvious? The best violin brands are the traditional makers who have been fashioning quality instruments for years. Well....that's not entirely true anymore. Sure, those brands produce some of the best instruments on the market. But they are also prohibitively expensive. These days, there are a lot of newer brands, many located in Asia, that also produce … [Read more...] about Best Violin Brands (Which Manufacturers Do Violinists Prefer?)
Have you tried using a violin shoulder rest, but it just didn't work for you? You've been told you're supposed to use one to improve your comfort and posture and thus, your playing. But it actually has the opposite effect! You're not alone. Shoulder rests are not a cure all. They work great for some people, but do nothing for others. And some even find that using a … [Read more...] about Playing Violin Without A Shoulder Rest: Everything You Need To Know
So you want to learn the violin. But there's a problem. You're old! Whether you're in your 50s, 40s, 30s or even your 20s, the image most of us have when thinking of a violin student is that of a child. Children learn to play the violin. Adults already know how to play it, because they learned it as a child. But what if you didn't learn it as a child, but want to … [Read more...] about Learning The Violin Later In Life: Everything You Need To Know
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)