Things To Get You Started On Your Violin Lessons
There are thousands of free resources on the Internet that you can get about violins. But there really is not better way to learn than to enroll in formal and professional violin lessons. But they are...
There are thousands of free resources on the Internet that you can get about violins. But there really is not better way to learn than to enroll in formal and professional violin lessons. But they are quite expensive, especially if you start from the really most basic knowledge and work your way up to even just the beginner’s stuff. To help you save on the basic parts, let us discuss here the necessary equipment to start you off, and to help you prepare for those lessons.
Let us start with the basic:
Get the full sized one, but just the ordinary but decent one. nothing special yet, just your basic beginner’s violin. Your learning will not be quicker even if you have the best violin your money can buy. Just make sure it is a respectable quality, so you won’t have to worry about it being out of tune, or easily breaking.
The bow usually comes as part of a standard violin set, although you can buy one separately if you do not get the standard set. Despite the bow’s simple and very basic appearance, it can also be costly, so watch out on the quality. Make sure the hairs are not stained or ashen, and that they are just correctly tight. As a beginner, you may only need to re-hair the bow once a year.
You will see a lot of violinists playing without a shoulder rest, and in fact there will be professional players who swear off using it. But as a beginner, I suggest you use a comfortable one. You can make one using just a sponge and a bit of string, or you can buy those attachable ones. Whatever you prefer, it is best you use one when you begin your violin lessons, as it will lessen the chance of having pain on your collar bone. It also allows you to relax your neck shoulder, and not raise or clench them.
Do not get the cheap ones, go for the $10 price range since it will last you for years anyway. You will not get a sound from you violin if you do not put rosin on your bow, and new bows usually do not have rosin on it, so make sure you apply rosin on new bows. Do not put too much though, as it also affects the sound quality. You’ll know you out too much when the bow seems to be dusty or flaky.
Always have extra sets of strings with you. Violin strings are usually sturdy and lasts a long time, but you don’t want to lose momentum on your learning when you lose a string, so have a replacement ready at all times.
Take care of your violin and peripherals buy buying a case. Again, nothing fancy, just make sure it provides sufficient protection against normal bumps and hits. There are a lot of types that have lots of pockets inside, those are always a good choice.
You can also buy a soft cloth (to clean your violin and bow), a metronome so you can be good with beats and tempo, and a book for your reference especially when you practice at home. But these are just extras, and you can definitely start and progress on your violin lessons without them.
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Jazz Tan is a music instructor in Singapore who loves to share her extensive knowledge of music and the art of performing to her students and blog readers. Visit her site at www.singaporeviolinlessons.com or call (065) 8168 8251.