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The Top 5 Most Expensive Violins in the World

Many of us have heard stories of violins worth millions of dollars – and maybe we have even heard the name “Strad” thrown around casually – but what is a “Strad?” Why are they so expensive? What are the most expensive violins in the world? And what makes a violin … Read More

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How to take care of your violin

One of the most important lessons when learning to play the violin is how to take care of the violin itself! It’s so easy to let the excitement of playing and new beginnings cloud our judgment and suddenly we have a broken violin or excess maintenance that requires professional consultation. … Read More

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How Long does it Take to Learn the Violin?

Who hasn’t clicked on one of those alluring videos: “Learn the violin in one week!” or, “5 Easy Steps to Learning the Violin!” It’s very easy to be tempted to jump into these quick-fix courses and videos promising to teach you to play an instrument in X amount of time. … Read More

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How many positions are there on a violin?

Many people who are familiar with the guitar often compare it with the violin and wonder, “Are there tabs for violin? What chords can the violin play? How many positions are there on a violin?” While the guitar is often a very familiar and relatable instrument to many people, the … Read More

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How to tune a violin?

An often daunting task for any beginning and intermediate student is tuning the violin in preparation for practice. It can be all too easy to rely on your teacher (or your child’s teacher) as a crutch for tuning the violin and then cringe in agony as you try to practice … Read More

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Tips for Choosing and Buying a Violin Bow

Buying a violin bow can be as dizzying as buying a violin itself. There are so many options and so many price ranges, it’s hard to know where to begin and what’s reasonable. Luckily, the process doesn’t have to be too daunting. We’ve compiled these Tips for Choosing and Buying … Read More

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20 Easy Pop Songs to Learn on the Violin

When learning the violin, you might feel like you spend all of your time learning technique and “academic” music – scales, etudes, and formal pieces. While these are absolutely essential building blocks to your foundation as a violinist, it is important to also throw in a few fun extras that … Read More

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Ways to Get Out of the Practice Room

Could you imagine a baseball player who only practiced in a batting cage but never played a game? What about a musician who practices diligently but rarely performs and plays with others? Does this sound familiar to you? It’s so easy for us to get caught up in learning and … Read More

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Tips to Improve Violin Tone

Tone is basically the quality of sound that you produce. “Bad tone” is all too familiar – the scratchy, dull violin sound that is, as some would say, not unlike a cat dying. Good tone is the sweet, resonant sound that is pleasing and inviting to the listener. Luckily, there … Read More

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Tips for Improving Intonation

Nothing could be more frustrating than being told by teachers and peers that you “need to improve intonation,” without really being taught how to do this. Hearing proper intonation is something that is developed over many years of practice, but only if you actually integrate intonation awareness into your daily … Read More