How to start playing the violin
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
If you’re in it for the long haul, then you may want to look into purchasing a violin rather than renting one. However, you’ll want to be careful not to spend money on a cheap violin that will only disappoint you. Size, quality, maker, and seller can all affect the price of a violin, so do some research before setting your budget aside.
Selecting a Bow
Most violin dealers (luthiers) sell the bow separately. You will need to test out the bow as well as the violin to see how they feel in your hands and what they will cost you. The bow will need to be stable, flexible and balanced. This might be difficult for a beginner to measure, since you have not spent time with any bows in the past. The hairs should be new, evenly colored and bright. You will not want to touch the bow hairs with your fingers, since the oils from your hands will disrupt the ability of the bow to get the best sound from your instrument. Again, taking along a violin expert would be very helpful in the purchasing process, feel free to contact us for any question!
Once you rent or buy your violin, you might also consider these additional violin accessories:
Next, you’ll want to set up goals for yourself to ensure progress. Try listening to violin music to get used to the sound, and pick out your favorite songs so that you have a direction to go with your teacher and motivation to get to that level. You will also need to set aside scheduled, uninterrupted time in each day to practice your violin. Your teacher will likely give you specific exercises to practice between each lesson, but don’t be afraid to speak up if you want to play other things or aim for different goals! Your teacher is there to help – and you should be having fun along the way, too!
Finding a Teacher
While websites and online videos can be great resources for finding violin tutorials, it’s always easier to work with a teacher for violin lessons. A teacher can make sure you’re working at the right pace, give you valuable feedback, and will answer your questions in real-time. Playing the violin doesn’t have to be challenging, as long as you have the right kind of support and guidance – and a private violin teacher can give you that and make you feel and remember the right gestures!