What is the Violin?
The violin is an instrument played by using a bow made of horsehair and running the hair across the violin’s strings. The friction caused by this motion causes the string to vibrate, generating a sound that is amplified by the violin’s wooden body. Pitch is changed by using fingers to press sections of the string against the violin’s fingerboard, causing the vibrating string to shorten. There are four strings on violin that can be tensioned differently, but under normal tuning, the lowest note is a G.
How hard is it to learn?
Initial lessons on violin involve training of the hands and fingers. It is important to learn where to position the fingers to produce the desired notes, which may lead to blisters on the fingertips when practicing regularly. In terms of cost commitment, the violin is relatively cheap and portable, with costs for beginner violins ranging from $200-400 when newly purchased.
Why should I learn it?
The violin is a very expressive instrument that has the advantage of being very portable. It is a standard instrument in orchestras and string ensembles and is featured in a wide variety of musical genres. While most often taught as a classical instrument, the violin has a role in folk music, and is frequently used in country, jazz, and rock music. Due to the similar method of playing, it is easier to transition from violin to other instruments of the same string family, such as the viola.
Types of Violin Lessons
Private Violin Lessons
One-on-one personal instruction with an experienced violin teacher. Individualised teaching allows for targeted lessons based on what you need as a student, greatly enhancing the learning experience and efficiency.