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How to choose the right violin size

The violin is one of the few instruments that exist in many sizes. It is important because so many details are taken into account when you play the violin. The length of the fingerboard has to match the size of the hand to play in tune. The thickness of the body has to fit perfectly […]

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How to choose a violin bow

There is nothing more personal to a violinist than his or her bow, yet it is often overlooked. It is wrongly considered as an accessory to a violin, a bit like a tailpiece or a chinrest. I can’t stress enough how important a bow is to a violinist. When I started, like many beginners, I […]

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How to play in tune on the violin

Well, everybody knows that the violin doesn’t have any frets and that playing in tune is a real challenge on this instrument. Unlike on the guitar, there isn’t a one-inch long box, or cell if you will, to put your finger in to produce a sound. Without frets, it the exact position of your finger […]

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How long will it take me to learn the violin?

Perhaps you consider learning the violin, or your children want to start; maybe you have already begun on that wonderful journey. You want to know how long it will take to get there. Even though the ‘it depends’ answer is of course tempting, I will try and give you several typical cases depending on the […]

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How to practice effectively: 12 virtuoso secrets!

If you ever want to be a great musician, professional or not, it all starts with practicing. It is that important. There is no way you will be a good violinist by just watching, listening and mimicking. But when you are all alone, you probably don’t know where to start. Maybe you are not happy […]

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How to start playing the violin again?

This happens so many times: as a child or teenager, you got bored with learning the violin and preferred to go and meet your friends. You didn’t want to study alone: you wanted a social life and fun. Now, as an adult, you regret it. You would love to be able to play the violin. […]

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Are the violin soundpost and bridge glued?

When we look at this incredible engineering feat, the violin, we just wonder how this awesome object can be held together. It is, at the same time, strong and fragile. It can go through time easily: violins from the XVIIth century still exist and are played today.Is a violin glued? The neck is glued to […]

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How to relax playing the violin

Holding the violin just isn’t natural or doesn’t seem natural. Or at least the way we have to twist and hold our left arm to hold the violin. As a consequence, we tend to hold our instrument tight and get tired quickly. And sometimes, pains arrive and stay, hindering our play. Long rehearsals become painful […]

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Are there tabs for violin?

Tablatures have been created for guitar or any instruments with frets. The notes still use general convention for rhythm, but the note itself is replaced by a number. That number is the fret where the finger is. This has several advantages. First, a beginner doesn’t have to learn how to read notes. Then they give […]

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Why is the violin so difficult?

Everybody has heard once a violinist or fiddler playing with a scratchy sound and slightly out of tune, even simple parts. That is often the case. We all know young children and their first challenging years on the violin… So the violin has a reputation of being a difficult instrument. But is it a deserved […]