The violin, also called a fiddle, is a bowed string instrument. It has
four strings that are tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest and highest
pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, violas and cellos are
also included in this family. Though it is very difficult to play the violin,
when mastered, the violin is a beautiful sounding instrument and the basis for
orchestras. Many famous pieces of classical music have been written especially
However, it is not easy to learn the violin. There are a lot of violin
techniques that need to be mastered. Just being able to hold the bow and violin
correctly take some getting used to and really can influence how well you play
the violin. In short, when you learn the violin, it takes time and dedication.
You have to be disciplined and ready to practice the difficult violin techniques
that you have to master in order to play the violin well.
To start learning how to play you will obviously need to buy a violin but
they don't come cheap. If you have just started to play the violin then you
should consider renting one from your local music store or from the Internet.
This should cost around $10-$15 dollars a month.
To learn the violin you will need the following things.
- A full size violin if you are an adult.
- A full size bow.
- Rosin. This is applied to the hairs of the bow and causes the hairs to hit the
strings intermittently, making them vibrate.
- Shoulder rest (optional). One of these will save you having to lift your
shoulder and crane your neck to support the instrument, which could hurt your
neck and shoulder area. Even though they take some getting used to and are
thought by some to affect the sound of the violin, most beginners use them to
learn the violin. Some violinists do not use shoulder rests and do not find it a
problem, so it is up to you.
- A soft cloth to clean your violin and bow.
- A violin tuner.
- A metronome. Not essential but a handy device which will help you to keep
- Some violin music.
The only thing that is not on the list is a violin teacher. There are a
number of ways you can learn to play the violin it could be from a violin
teacher, online tutorials, DVDs and books. Learning is something unique to
everyone and we all have our own style, however, having a violin teacher to
teach you violin techniques and show you where you are going wrong is very
useful for your progression.
Also, don't worry if your hands, fingers and arms ache after playing the
violin, you will soon get accustomed to the positioning of the violin and your
fingers will become used to pressing the strings.
If you want to buy a violin and want more information or want to know how
you can learn the violin, read my review on this: ===>
Learn and play the violin! <===