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5+ Famous Violin Players You've Got to Know
Are you just starting to take violin lessons? An integral part of learning how to play the violin is listening to others. Below, violin teacher Julie P. lists the most famous violin players every beginner student should know and listen to... There are literally hundreds of famous violin players from all over the world. In addition to the number of well-known classical violinists, such as Fritz Kreisler and Pablo de Sarasate, there are also many great bluegrass and jazz violinists. Who
Vibrato Violin Tutorial for Beginners [Video]
Have you always wanted to learn the vibrato violin? Below, violin teacher Naomi Cherie S. provides a detailed tutorial on how to do vibrato on the violin... Playing vibrato on the violin can greatly enhance your sound by infusing your notes with emotion, beauty, and intensity. It's the icing on the cake that really makes your playing shine! The standard for an advanced player or professional, vibrato violin comes from moving the arm and/or wrist back slightly toward the scroll,
Which of These Famous Violin Players Are You? [Quiz]
Do you love playing the violin? From Heifetz to Perlman, there are dozens of famous violin players who have helped inspire us all. Whether you’re just starting to learn the violin or you’re a seasoned professional, chances are there’s a certain violinist who you’ve channeled more than others. Find out which of these famous violin players is your alter ego in the quiz below! Be sure to share your results with your fellow violinists. Which of the famous violin players did you
Why Are There Different Violin Sizes, and Why Does it Matter?
Do you know what the difference is between a child's violin and an adult's violin? Most people don't. And even if they do, they might not understand why it matters. One of the main concerns that violin students and their parents typically have is purchasing the right-sized violin. Obviously you can't give a five-year-old a full-size violin and expect him or her to be able to handle the instrument. And once kids are in their teenage years, trying to keep up with growth spurts can be extreme
Top 10 Violin Tuner Apps Reviewed (Updated for 2022)
Most violinists know what it’s like to play with an out-of-tune violin. Not only is it hard to play, but it doesn’t sound great either. If you have a violin tuner app handy, you can quickly tune your violin hassle-free. We’re going to share with you the top 10 tuner apps for iOs and Android with reviews so that you can choose one that’ll work for you. Feel free to download a few, too, that way you can play around with a couple of options. What Are The Best Violin Tuner Apps? While t
Is it Hard to Play the Violin? (3 Challenges & How to Overcome Them)
If you’ve decided you may want to learn the violin, you’re in the right place! You might be wondering is it hard to play the violin, and this guide will answer that question for you. We’ll also share common challenges new violinists face and how to overcome them. Is it Hard to Play the Violin? If we’re being honest, the violin is one of the hardest instruments to learn. With that said, a positive attitude and knowledge about how to learn to play the violin on your own and with help
The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Violin Strings
Are you a beginner violinist who needs some guidance on what type of violin strings to purchase? Below, violin teacher Montserrat P. shares some expert tips on how to choose the best violin strings... Choosing the best violin strings for your instrument is extremely important. Finding the proper strings guarantees you'll be able to play your violin to its full potential, which leads you to achieve more efficient development as a musician. Unfortunately, if you don't have the right g
Violin Solos for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Violinists
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced violinist, it's important to be armed with a number of solo pieces to play. Here, violin teacher Naomi Cherie S. put together an in-depth guide to violin solos for players of all levels... With thousands of pieces to choose from, the world of music can be overwhelming! In this handy reference guide, we've picked some of our favorite violin solos and categorized them according to skill and experience level. From easy songs to intermediate selecti
The Best Violin Exercises for Rhythm, Tone, and More
Are you looking for a way to improve your violin playing? If so, you'll want to check out these exercises. These violin exercises will help improve your technique, flexibility, and tone. And best of all, they're fun! So give them a try and see how you can improve your playing. How Do I Strengthen My Fingers for Violin? As a beginner violinist, focus on these key areas: Improving your posture Holding the violin bow correctly Fingering the violin correctly Developing into
Violin Bowing Tips: How to Find the "Sweet Spot" On Your Violin
The violin can be a difficult instrument to master, particularly when it comes to violin bowing. Intonation is often challenging; unlike the guitar, there are no frets to guide the fingers, and even if all the notes are correct and in tune you're still left with the issue of tone. The purest and perfectly in-tune notes can still sound bad if they're played with poor tone. However, there are many methods and tricks to help your violin bowing, which can instantly improve your tone. Here
The Ultimate Violin Performance Checklist for Parents [Infographic]
Does your child have a violin recital coming up? Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares the ultimate violin recital checklist to help parents ensure their child has the best performance... Your child’s first violin performance is an exciting time! Your child gets to show off what he or she has learned, while you get to marvel at how far he or she has come since their first violin lesson. Recitals can be a wonderful family event and a great confidence booster for your child.
How to Improve Your Musicality
Just What is Musicality, Anyway? Musicality is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the quality of being musical.” What does that mean, though? Is there a method to defining what is musical versus what is not? One can instinctively hear when a phrase sounds natural, beautiful, convincing - musical - versus when it is not. Phrasing, much like public speaking, can be made more or less convincing depending on the manner with which you deliver a phrase. Quantz, the famous
How to Hold a Violin Bow with Proper Grip: Step-by-Step Beginners' Guide
One of the most challenging parts of learning how to play the violin is learning how to hold a bow properly, as it can feel very unnatural for beginner and intermediate students. While it can be frustrating, learning how to hold a violin bow is extremely important--especially for those who are just starting violin lessons. With proper bow technique, you can essentially produce whatever tones, strokes, and dynamics you want. However, if you have trouble controlling the bow, you'l
5 Ways To Make Money Playing Violin
When you think about making money using your skills as a violin player, violin teacher jobs might be the first thing that comes to mind. But there are so many more options! Here are some ideas from Brooklyn, NY teacher Julie P... The ability to play the violin is a very marketable skill. If you're looking for violin teacher jobs, working at a school or teaching private lessons is a great way to earn money. But if you'd prefer to just play and perform, there are a number of opportunitie
Top 5 Violin YouTube Tutorials for Beginners
Learning how to play the violin has never been easier, thanks to the wide variety of online resources available today. Whether you’re looking to teach yourself the violin or you simply want to supplement your current violin lessons, YouTube has a great selection of violin tutorials to choose from. Violin YouTube tutorials are a great alternative learning tool. Students can try out tutorials from many different violin instructors until they find the one that best fits their needs and
How to Read Violin Notes for Beginners | TakeLessons
Playing by ear is a wonderful and valuable skill that can come in handy in many situations, especially when it comes to improvising. However, learning how to read violin sheet music is necessary if you aspire to perform with an orchestra, quartet, or band. Once you know how to read violin sheet music, reading music is as easy as reading the words and letters on this page. Your brain will eventually learn how to interpret the notes and send those messages to your hands, so you can play the
What's the Best Violin for Fiddle Playing?
When someone decides to learn to play an instrument, one of the first things to do is to look into buying the instrument. This process varies depending on the instrument, and is especially unique when it comes to buying violins, or fiddles. Many instruments are mass produced in factories, producing batches that all sound the same. On the contrary, fiddles are not usually built this way. The best sounding ones are handmade, and therefore, all unique. When musicians are looking to buy a
18 Benefits of Playing Violin You Might Be Surprised to Hear
The violin is one of the most widely recognized musical instruments among children and adults of all ages. It’s a beautiful instrument, both to look at and to listen to. If you’re thinking about taking violin lessons, be prepared to find benefits in several surprising ways! The benefits of playing violin go far beyond just gaining the ability to play beautiful music on a new instrument. Take a look at what else the violin can do for you: Physical Benefits Increased arm strength: Yo
Best Violin Songs to Practice by Genre: Rock, Pop, and Country
Love it or hate it, practice is a significant part of every musician’s life. This is especially true for those learning the violin, as there are many complex techniques and skills one must learn. As every musician can attest, finding the time and motivation to practice can be difficult, especially when you’re used to practicing the same songs over and over again. Rather than bore yourself to death, try switching up your practice plan by adding different genres of music--such as roc
Everything You Need to Know About Vibrato Violin
Do you want to learn how to do vibrato on the violin? Below, violin teacher Carol Beth L. gives a lesson on how to master this impressive skill... Have you ever been captivated by the wavering notes in the slow movement of a violin solo? If so, you were probably listening to an accomplished violinist who had thoroughly mastered vibrato violin. Learning vibrato violin is a big step in your musical development. Mastering this complicated skill will help take your violin playing to the n
What Are the Different Violin Sizes: Prepping for Your First Lesson
If you, or your child has decided to take up the violin, there are many things to consider. For example, should you buy or rent the violin? And, is a half size violin or a full size violin right for you? In fact, determining the correct size violin for you or your child is one of the first things to do when you get ready for your initial violin lessons. The violin actually comes in 8 different sizes ranging from 1/16 to a full size which is 4/4. As a child, I started to play the violin as
Best Violin for Beginners: Top 15 Brands | TakeLessons Blog
Some beginner violin students prefer to rent a violin before they commit to purchasing one. After all, it’s not easy to know what’s the best violin for beginners, and you want to be sure you actually enjoy playing the instrument prior to making the investment. However, if you are eager to purchase a student violin, then allow us to help. Choosing the right violin brand can be difficult, as there are many options available. It’s important to know what to look for and where to begin
Expert Tips: How to Play the Violin with Accompaniment
Playing the violin with accompaniment can be difficult, as it requires different skills. Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some expert tips on how to play the violin with accompaniment... If you want to play the violin with an accompaniment, you might find that there are a few new skills you need to develop. When you play the violin by yourself there’s no one you need to coordinate with for tempo, dynamics, and rhythm. But as soon as you add someone else to the mix, things can st
Best Violin Wedding Songs and Top Performing Tips
Whether you’re a violinist looking to get ready for a wedding performance or you’re the one saying ‘I do’ and you want to find the best violin wedding songs, you’re in the right place! Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares violin wedding music and helpful tips for preparing and performing... Wedding season is both an exciting and stressful time for violinists and the couple tying the knot. There are many weddings, high demand, planning the perfect day, and so much more. Whether
What's the Difference Between Professional and Student Violins?
Getting the right instrument is one of the most important decisions in a musician's life. The right violin will feel comfortable in your hands, respond accurately and consistently to your touch, and help you produce the best possible sound for your level of musical development. Students learning the violin can rent or purchase instruments from music instrument retailers, and they offer a variety of instruments that can seem daunting for the novice violin purchaser. When will you know that it'
How to Play Violin Pain Free
Do you experience pain or discomfort when you play violin? Here, Portland, OR violin instructor Naomi Cherie S. shares her tips to teach you how to play violin pain free... If you've been playing violin for a while, you know that it can be a lot of fun! You've probably also noticed, however, that it isn't always the most comfortable instrument to play. Due to the positions and poses necessary to play this unusual instrument, you may feel sore and stiff after practice. Like most physica
Top 5 Websites for Easy Violin Sheet Music
After weeks of practice, chances are you've nearly perfected the beginner songs recommended or required by your teacher and you're looking for something a bit more challenging. Or perhaps you want to try something different other than a nursery song or scales. If you've reached the point where you want something new to supplement your regular lessons, there are several helpful websites that offer a wide range of easy violin sheet music. Whether you want something contemporary,
20+ Violin Jokes, Puns, and Riddles
While it's always important to practice violin scales and songs, sometimes you just need a little break to recharge your batteries and renew your motivation. Get ready to relax and laugh with this list of violin jokes (some original, some classics from around the web) from Lukas Stanley from Music Pick Up Lines (@CMCPickupLines)... You won't need your violin or your bow, but make sure you have your sense of humor. Tickle your funny bone with these violin jokes, riddles, and puns! But f
Teach Yourself Violin in 8 Easy Steps
It takes years of determination, focus, and practice to master the violin. Many people start their musical education using a qualified instructor, but maybe you want to try to teach yourself violin. This is a huge undertaking with great potential for learning the wrong way of holding the violin, standing incorrectly, or practicing imperfect fingerings. However, if you want to understand the basics of learning your instrument before taking violin lessons with a teacher, here are a few introductor
What is a Vintage Violin, and How Are They Different?
I am often asked if my violin is an antique or a vintage violin. Well, first of all, let’s define exactly what is antique or vintage. These seemingly nebulous terms do, in fact, have more precise definitions. An antique dealer, as well as the U.S. Customs Service, will tell you that the item must be at least 100 years old to be considered an antique. So today, an antique violin would have to have been made in 1921 or earlier. The word vintage is slightly more subjective though. The word itself
5 Famous Violin Songs to Add to Your Repertoire
Learning to play the violin can be a difficult, sometimes tedious task for beginners, especially among younger students. The process of learning to pluck the notes and use a bow can try many students' patience, and they may give up on the instrument out of frustration. However, once you master your first great violin song, you’ll understand why so many musicians play the beloved instrument. Below is a short list of famous violin songs that are easily-recognized and may inspire even the weari
How Long Does it Take to Learn Violin?
How long does it take to learn violin? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as cut and dry as it might seem. After all, wouldn’t it be great to learn to play an instrument in minutes? Think of the musical repertoire you would have! Unfortunately, like many different skill sets, that simply isn’t the case. Learning to play an instrument, as with driving and hitting a great shot on the golf course, is all about practice. The more you practice, the faster you learn, and the better y
How Can I Make Practicing Violin Scales More Effective?
No matter how much students may groan when it comes to scales, they are very important for all beginners to know, particularly for the violin. Almost all of your knowledge about playing the violin starts with learning how to play scales, from reading sheet music to better understanding the fingerings. Of course, it is not nearly as exciting as playing one of the songs you love, but practicing scales will give you a strong foundation that will help you progress and improve. Violin scales are typ
What Are the Different Parts of a Violin? [Infographic]
Are you a beginner violinist? While you might be eager to start playing immediately, it’s important to learn the basic functions and parts of a violin. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficult time understanding what your violin instructor is saying when he or she asks you to “keep your bow parallel to the bridge.” Check out the graphic below to learn the basic parts and functions of a violin: There you have it; those are the various different parts of a violin and their functions. Once
Guide to Playing Violins: Where Should I Start?
Playing an instrument is something many people long to be able to do well. Music sooths the soul, and there is just something inspiring about being able to play songs on your own! If you’re ready to get started, then here are some tips for playing the violin: Getting a Violin First things first: you’ll need an instrument! Think about whether renting or buying a violin is a better option for you, as well as if you’ll need a professional or student violin. If you’re in it for the lo
How to Choose the Best Violin Songs for Your Recital
Do you have a big recital coming up? Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some tips on how to choose the best violin songs and nail your next performance... If you’re a beginner violinist preparing for your first big recital, you’re probably wondering how to pick the best violin songs that will showcase what you've learned throughout your violin lessons. Chances are you're also nervous about how you'll play in front of people. While it's good to have some butterflies in your stom
9 Fundamental Tips That Will Change the Way You Play the Violin
The violin can be an incredibly rewarding instruments to play. For beginners, the road to success is riddled with lessons in patience and discipline, but when met with enthusiasm and the right guidance, the journey is certainly worthwhile! Many say that practice makes perfect, and while of course regular practice is a must, it does not guarantee perfection – in fact, improper practice can yield consistently poor results. So what are the fundamental hallmarks of proper violin practice, and how
5 Violin Techniques You Didn't Know Existed
Do you want to liven up your practice routine and add new sounds to your existing repertoire? Violin teacher Julie P. shares some new violin techniques that will take your playing to the next level... As a beginner or intermediate violinist, you’re probably familiar with the basic bowed sound of a violin. However, there are a number of other techniques you may not have heard of yet. Today's more modern composers are continuing to come up with new bowing techniques to create new and ex
10 Essential Violin Books for Beginners (Updated for 2022)
The violin is a beautiful string instrument perfect for musicians of all ages to learn. Along with having a qualified violin teacher to instruct you, the right violin books are your most valuable tool for learning to play the violin. What Are the Best Violin Books for Beginners? Which violin instruction books are the most useful and informative for beginner students? Which ones take you beyond the basics to a more advanced skill level? Here’s a look at 10 of our favorites: The Violi
25+ Violin Practice Tips to Help You Improve Fast | TakeLessons.com
If you’re learning to play the violin, you already know that it can be a fun and rewarding experience. However, you’ve also likely discovered that it can be a challenging one, too. Mastering the violin involves a lot of patience. To improve your violin skills, you must dedicate plenty of time to practicing. Sometimes this might mean working on your scales and other times it might involve doing violin practice exercises or playing music games. Looking for some inspiration to make you
How Often Should You Practice Violin to REALLY Improve?
New to the violin? Not sure how often you should be practicing? Find out here with these violin practice tips from Brooklyn, NY teacher Julie P... Whether you are just starting to learn the violin or have been playing for years, the question of how often to practice is always important to answer. This question is also tied to how long you should practice. The key factor to remember is that a lot of short practice sessions will be much more effective than one or two marathon sessions. The m
Is Buying a Used Violin a Good or Bad Idea?
Deciding whether to buy a new or used violin can be difficult. You want a quality instrument that's going to last, but you don't want to spend a fortune. So what do you do? Below, violin teacher Julie P. gives her two cents on what to consider when purchasing a used violin... If you’re in the market for a violin, you may be wondering whether buying a used one is a good or bad idea. This is not an easy question to answer, as there are a lot of things to consider. On the one hand, you
Setting the Right Goals for Violin: 4 Questions to Guide You
Before you start learning violin music for beginners and all of the violin techniques you need to know, it's smart to write down specific goals you'd like to achieve. Here, San Francisco, CA violin teacher Carol Beth L. share some guidance to get you on the right track... Teachers, students, and parents of younger students come to the table with different expectations about violin lessons. Even before beginning the lessons, it is important to talk about those goals to make sure everyon
How Much Do Violins Cost? A Guide to Violin Prices
Have you or your child decided to start playing the violin? That’s awesome! So you may be wondering, how much do violins cost? This guide will answer all your questions about violin prices, including what to consider and how to choose the right violin for your budget. While stringed instruments can be a little pricey, they can certainly be worth it! Best of all, a violin is also a good investment because it will appreciate in value over time, especially if you purchased a high-quality instrum
5 Tips for Pulling Off a Showstopping Violin Performance
Stage presence is an important skill for all musicians to master. Below, violin teacher Ha-eun R. shares several tips on how to confidently pull off a showstopping violin performance... Have you ever attended a concert in which the artist sounded better if you closed your eyes? A performer’s stage presence is more important than one might think, as a recent study has shown. According to research, published in the PNAS journal, participants who were shown silent videos of piano co
5 Violin Warmups to Use for Daily Practice
Have you been looking for violin warmups that will get you ready for your daily practice sessions, and help you improve your skills in the long run? Want to make sure you enter your violin lessons all ready to go, with your violin in tune and your body limber? It is important to get a good warmup in before diving into a productive practice session or performance. Feeling good and comfortable on your instrument on any given day will depend on this. Your violin is affected differently each day
Top 5 Instructional Violin Books for Kids
Are you looking for violin books for beginners that are kid-friendly? Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares her top five books for little violinists ... There is an unbelievably large amount of music books available to kids who want to learn the violin. With so many great options to choose from, it can be daunting to choose the best ones. I’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you so you can be well on your way to helping your mini violinist start playing! What Are The Best Violin Books fo
5 Techniques You Can Learn From Famous Violinists
Don't just watch your favorite famous violinists, learn from them! Here, music instructor Julie P. shows you the violin techniques you can learn from watching famous violinists... You have probably seen videos of famous violinists on YouTube and various violin blogs. In fact, these videos may have inspired you to pick up a violin and take lessons. Want to know the best part? While these videos are inspiring and entertaining, they're also educational. You can learn important violin
How Much Does a Violin Cost? TakeLessons Blog
It’s no surprise that when you decide to take violin lessons, you need a violin! It's common for absolute beginners to rent a violin for a few months until they are sure they are ready to take the next step of buying their instrument. If you are in this stage, your next question is likely this: how much does a violin cost? Although violin prices can run the gamut from $100 to $100,000 and more, as a beginner, you need an instrument that suits your current abilities without being too pricey.�
Violin or Cello: Which Instrument Is Right For You?
Choosing whether to play the violin or cello can be difficult, but this article will help you consider the advantages and disadvantages of each. The violin and cello are two of the most well-known and commonly studied instruments in the string family. Each one is central to the makeup of the orchestra we know today. Becoming familiar with the pros and cons of these two instruments will help you decide whether the violin or cello is a better fit for you. Is it Easier to Play Violin or C