by J. Felton 3/11/13
The Basics Of Learning to Play the Violin
Over the last few years the violin has seen a resurgence in popularity. Sites such as Amazon and Ebay along with independent online music stores have made the violin much more affordable to people. Many people that where interested in learning to play are better able to afford it now,
People have been drawn to the violin now for hundreds of years. Its origins date back all the way to 16th century Rome and some believe even before that. The reason for this is that the violin produces such complex and sweet sounds. It is also a very versatile instrument as it can be to play just about any musical piece.
Some associate the violin with the classics but this is not the case. Over the past 20 years many stars from the music industry have embraced it for the tone and depth that it brings to their music.
Whether your particular taste of music lies in jazz, classical or even heavy metal the violin will help you create the music that you truly enjoy. This is an instrument that can truly scan the spectrum of musical tastes.
While being a member of the stringed instrument group the violin differs in one important way from most of the others. It can only be played with a bow. The violinist creates the subtle vibrations with this bow that your ear hears. The instrument is basically unusable without the bow.
Using the bow when you are first stating out takes some practice. This is because the overall length is over two feet. You should not be concerned about this because you will find that after a few practice sessions you will start to fell very comfortable with it. You can also purchase a bow grip which will improve the handling of it for you.
Because no aspiring musician would be caught dead not knowing the parts of their instrument let’s take a minute to review these. As mentioned earlier it belongs to the family of stringed instruments. It is also a member of a subfamily of this group called the bowed instruments.
It is obvious that the largest part of the violin is the back. The back is specially carved by the violin maker using various types of wood that are intended to produce the clearest sound possible. You will also notice the brass bar which is located near the lower strings. The purpose of this is to improve the quality of sound on those very low notes.
The next thing we will look at is the neck of the violin. This supports four strings which unlike the guitar that has more than four. While only having four strings this is certainly enough for this instrument to produce the complex sounds that come from it.
The strings of the violin are capable of being manipulated in order to create more than one note at a time. It is the same concept as a guitar player utilizes when using chords to play a song.
The difference between paying the guitar and the violin is that you will not be strumming and plucking the stings to produce the sound. Instead you will be using the bow to generate the sounds.
When examining the strings of the violin the first thing that you will notice is that while being all the same length the thickness of each string is unique. It is this difference in thickness that allows the violinist to manipulate the sound coming from it.
The violinist will move his fingers up and down the neck of the violin eliciting the various cords and notes. At the same time, with the other hand, he will be moving the bow up and down creating the sound he is looking for.