by J. Felton Monday 3/11/13
How A Beginner Can Learn To Play The Violin
The violin is a stringed instrument that dates back to the 16th century and is believed to have origins in Italy. It is in the same family of stringed instruments such as the double base, cello and viola. It has always been made of different types of wood but today’s version of the electric violin may not be made of wood at all.
Of all of the stringed instruments that exist the violin has probably seen the most development in terms of both theory and application over the years.
The violin is an instrument that has withstood the test of time. Every year, for hundreds of years), both young and old have been drawn to the beautiful sounds that this instrument produces thus making it one the most resilient instruments of modern times.
Each violin comes with a long bow, which is used to play the violin. On its own, the violin cannot be used, because the vibrations needed to elicit sounds from its four strings can only be generated by the movement of a special, 29-inch bow that was designed specifically for a violin.
If you are looking to purchase your first violin it is important to set a budget before starting as you will find that the prices vary greatly. Also take a look at why you are buying it and what your musical goals are.
Some people will make their first purchase simply because the like the sound that the violin makes. If this is the case I would suggest not spending any more than $100 on one. This way you will have no regrets if you decide that it is not for you and if you want to keep pursuing it you can always upgrade later.
For the person that already plays several musical instruments and confident that this is for them I would suggest spending a little more, say in the $300 to $400 range. This will give prolonged use until you decide to upgrade to the next level.
Prices on higher end violins can range all the way up to $5000 to $6000. These are obviously for the music connoisseurs on a large budget. These instruments are often purchased by the more advanced amateur or the professional who requires durability due to regular use.
For the novice who is just starting out one of the most important things you can do is to add the element of rhythm to your notes. The best way to do this is by counting beats.
For those of you that are already committed to learning how to play the violin and were wondering exactly how you would get started I have listed five choices that you may want to consider.
1. Locate a music school in your area that offers a program in stringed instruments
2. Look at the community college in your area which has classes on musical instruments which include the violin.
3. Hire a music teacher to give you one-on-one instruction
4. Do some research online and sign up for one of the online classes that are offered.
5. Buy a good book and learn it yourself.
I personally advise people to start which the last two methods. I feel that it is easier to learn how to handle the violin and get started mastering the scales without other people around that can distract you. I feel that after you have some experience with the violin that this would be a better time to start looking at other options available to you.