History and Information about the Violin
The violin originated in Europe around the 16th century. It is the highest member of the violin family. It is sometimes called the fiddle, although this refers more to technique and repertoire than the instrument itself. When you learn how to play the violin, you can explore almost every genre of music, including classical, pop, folk, jazz, and rock.
When to Start on the Violin
You can start violin lessons around age 4, although depending on a student’s dexterity and fine motor skills, some are able to pick it up earlier. The violin requires a certain amount of care, as both the instrument (including the bridge and the strings) and the bow can be fragile. Students also should have begun to read and count, as most instructors will be teaching them how to read music very early on, if not right away.
Getting a Violin
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a violin. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Also, please note that a used violin is not necessarily inferior to a new violin. In fact, older instruments will often be easier to play and have a better sound quality. Look out for any large cracks or open seams, but most defects caused by age are cosmetic in nature and will not affect the playability or sound of the viola.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Violin
Most books and many supplies such as strings and rosin are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.