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What age should you start violin lessons?

Under 3 years! Just as with all musical training, children as young as 3 years may be learning these wonderful skills at home. Some children develop their own style of instruction and progress from beginner to advanced within their first week. Is it true that your violin teacher gives you a song book? Absolutely not! […]

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What is a good price for a violin?

The same question I asked the other day after my friend asked him: “are you going to buy a $5000 violin?” He said: “Yeah. And when I say great price, I mean it.” He was willing to pay more than that just for the quality. And it’s not just the amount that you’re willing to […]

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Should I scratch my rosin?

(Answer) It’s hard to answer the question “should I scratch my rosin?” If you decide that you don’t want to use your rosin as much or as frequently, you can simply dry the rosin completely before using, or you can apply an extremely light dusting of the rosin. If the amount of rosin that you […]

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Are Yamaha violins good?

If you ask two experienced violins players, the answer is a simple answer: they are very good, and they have a wide range, as do all Yamaha violins I know. Now, let’s see if this information can be applied to other models in the Yamaha family and to other brands of vintage violins. To start […]

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Why violin is the hardest instrument?

The easiest way is: What’s the number 1 of all 3 instruments? (2,1 or 1,1,1) The number 1 for violin is 3. If the 2 (or 1,1,1) is the hardest instrument to play, it is obvious the 2 is the number 1. But if it’s the 1,1,1 of the 3 that people don’t get it […]

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What age should you start violin lessons?

You should start taking lessons at your youngest age. You don’t have to get a formal violin lesson. You can play and play on the violin yourself, even when you’re in your 20s. The difference between a formal teacher and a casual musician is the student gets more control and flexibility. But even if you […]

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What makes a violin bow expensive?

It takes many years to develop one, and sometimes the owner will only play it for a few days. In that time, it will age and break. Therefore, it has to be purchased as cheaply as possible. If the owner has a violin bow, he wants it today. Now we have to find a buyer. […]

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Should you clean violin strings?

When it comes to cleaning your strings, some players, like myself, prefer to have little clean-up work done before they start playing a note. I find that the effort required to clean a string is usually far too much for a quick fix. In addition, some players find that string cleaning can be rather tedious. […]

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Is Cello harder than piano?

Maybe… I wouldn’t know if I tried. A few things need to be said about this. A Cello is not hard to play, as I explained to you on the first page of this tutorial. It’s hard to play when the body is too rigid. This means you can’t play a Cello like a piano […]

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What key is a violin in?

A key is one of two things: it acts as a conductor for strings in the tuning fork, by setting the pitch (volume, length and colour) it allows the bow to move across the strings – for example it can play a tune (in which case a string is playing) or it can simply be […]