his includes all the essentials, care and maintenance tips, beginner lessons, and more to get you up to speed with the Violin Beginner.
This article is an overview of everything you need, so along the way we’ll link to more in-depth articles explaining why we recommend one or the other.
Step 1. Get the equipment you need
Here we will cover the essentials. The first thing you need to do to become an aspiring violinist is to make sure you have all of the following:
In this article, we’ll cover the price of a violin lesson for beginners, whether buying online or from a violin store, violin size, and more.
Most Violin Beginner packs come with a bow. But if you need to choose a violin bow separately, then here’s what to look for.
Many violin kits for beginners come with a case. But if you haven’t, or want to update it, we’ll tell you what to look for in a violin case and put together a list of our favorites.
Rosin for violin
What is it? Why do you need it? Light or dark? Here we answer all your questions and show you what kind of violin is best for beginners.
Violin shoulder pad
What to look for for a violin shoulder pad, how to adjust it, and our model-specific recommendations.
Portability versus size versus stability: Our take on what type of music rest is best for aspiring violinists.
Violin sheet music for beginners
Much of the violin repertoire, be it classical music or violin, is too complex for aspiring violinists. Here we recommend our favorite books for aspiring violinists to help you learn to play as quickly as possible.
Armless, durable, non-rotating chair
It is important to play in a chair without armrests to make room for the violin bow. Chairs with armrests limit your range of motion.
Step 2. Learn Violin Care and Care Tips for Beginners
Okay, now that you have a Violin Beginner and everything you need to get started, here’s how to care for a beginner violin so you can play it. The violin is very easy to damage, so before we dive into the basics of playing, you need to know a little about caring for your violin.
Violin critical maintenance
IMPORTANT! Here we discuss 12 secrets to help your Violin Beginner stay in top shape, prevent damage, and keep it singing for you.
Violin tuning and tuning (lesson soon)
If you’ve ordered online, your violin probably needs a little tweaking. Here’s what you need to do. Includes violin string stringing, bridge installation, and a free online violin tuner.
Anatomy of a Violin
It is important that you have a clear understanding of how your violin works. Here we take a look at what all the parts are called and what they do.
Step 3. Learn tips, lessons, and more about violin playing for beginners.
You have several options for learning to play the violin. Each method has its own pros and cons, which we will discuss:
Free online lessons to get started
We’ll cover the basics here.
Online training course
A complete beginner violin course that teaches you how to play any type of violin, from classical to jazz to violin. And all this is cheaper than one individual lesson.
How to Find and Rate Private Violin Teachers
Not only can we help you find a violin teacher, we can provide you with the information you need to assess whether they are giving you what you need.
Step 4: Get your violin sheet music
How to read sheet music
A two-part lesson where Part 1 provides important information for those new to sheet music and Part 2 assumes that you already know how to read music by playing another instrument, so it only covers information specific to the violin for beginners.
Violin sheet music for beginners
There are some great violin sheet music for beginners. Here’s a list of our favorite styles, including classic, traditional, festive, film, musical, video games, jazz, pop, and more.
Some of our favorite professional repertoire recordings for aspiring violinists.
Step 5: Buy Violin Accessories for Beginners to Get More Out of Your Practice
These items are optional (strictly speaking), but highly recommended:
Additional violin strings
ALWAYS take an extra set of strings with you when you have your suzuki violin book. Otherwise, if you break the string, you will be STRAW until you get a new one. Don’t let this happen to you.
One of the most challenging tasks for aspiring violinists is playing in harmony and rhythm. Getting a metronome goes a long way in learning how to count rhythms accurately and stay in rhythm. Many metronomes also have a built-in violin tuner that makes tuning easy on the fly.
Practice violin mute
If you travel a lot, stay in hotels, or otherwise do not want to disturb others with your activities, you can use violin ducking to significantly reduce the volume of your instrument without compromising your technique.