Do You Want To Learn To Play The Violin On Your Own?

How to learn to play the violin without expensive lessons is a million dollar question for those violin lovers who cannot hire a private teacher or join traditional violin classes because these are usually a costly option. So do you want to learn to play the violin on your own? Just read on and we’ll tell you how!

But at the same time, you can not learn to play the violin without having violin lessons or proper guidance. Check out this great video on how to hold the violin and the bow correctly for properly learning how to play your instrument.

We all know that necessity is the mother of invention, so if you really have the passion and love for this instrument, you need to be little creative and you need to spend some time searching for free online violin lessons that can really help you a lot to learn the violin with full perfection.

How do online lessons work?

Well, if you are out of a budget and you don’t want to spend money for an instruction book to learn violin playing, you need to be open-minded and try to take guidance from free online violin lessons.


Missing Violin

A couple of years ago, Minnesota Orchestra violinist Chouhei Min had her Guadagnini violin (price tag: over $500,000) stolen from the Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Let’s see what made this missing violin so precious and special.

Min said ‘This really is every musician’s nightmare who owns such a fine instrument’, and she added: ‘It sounded just like something that belongs to me, my personality sounded in it, the instrument responded to the way how I worked on it. It’s just like raising your child, and when you are a decent parent, you will raise a decent child.’

Wouldn’t you think that a church could be the safest place to keep such a treasure while you’re having a coffee with members of the audience after a recital? Well, apparently not, as Min’s 231-year-old valuable violin was stolen from Minneapolis’ Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Sunday night, May 16th.

It is a violin by J B Guadagnini, Turin, bearing his label dated 1778, and is a good example of violins of that period. The varnish has a red-brown color, and the instrument’s belly is spruce with open grain. The back is a one-piece maple, and the maker added some pieces in the lower flanks. The violin was originally from a George Hart collection and is listed in the Guadagnini book by Doring (The Ex-Hart).

Learning To Play The Violin From The Comfort Of Your Home

Just by deciding to learn the violin, you made a great, brave step. It is arguably the most sophisticated musical instrument in the world. The respect you gain once you learn to play the violin well is tremendous. However…

Learning violin is very, very hard…right? It takes a lot of time, a lot of money and it’s just so darn hard to master it, right? WRONG! Just take a look at this video and you’ll be amazed.

Well, many violin teachers are either very tense and harsh, or they simply don’t care enough to teach you well. But they all charged like they were seasoned orchestra pros. The single most important aspect of learning to play the violin successfully is your instructor. If you have some kind of beatnik violin player who never even played in an orchestra and doesn’t really care if will you ever learn … or some old, frustrated perfectionist teacher who will rip you apart for some minor mistake … then you’ll have a very tough time learning violin.


The World’s Most Expensive Violins

Do you want to know which are the most expensive violins? Well, all listed violins come with their own great stories. These instruments are famous for their amazing resonance, rarity, great value, and of course their unique quality of sound. These violins are legendary and their prices make them so famous that they are even are included in a few Math practice tests to help students develop their number sense. No wonder, that many wealthy people choose them as an investment, so let’s check them out.

  • The Titanic Violin (Arthur Catton Lancaster) $1.700.000

This violin was discovered in 2006 in a pretty damaged condition in a British home. After a few years of research, it appeared this was the violin used by Wallace Hartley at the Titanic’s very last moments

  • The Lady Tennant (Antonio Stradivari – 1699) $2.032.000
    This antique violin was made in 1699 by Antonio Stradivari of Cremona, the Italian famous luthier. The violin was actually built 1 year before his so-called ‘golden’ years began. In 2005, this violin was auctioned at Christie’s in New York for the record sum of $2,032,000.

Teaching Music – The Early Stages

Obviously, the basic “Principles of Teaching” is based on the intermediate to advanced student of the piano. Since we all begin at the same place, it is crucial to understand, from the outset, what is expected. So here we’ll talk some more about Teaching Music – the early stages.

Daily practice and consistent lessons are the foundation for study. Daily practice because the basic skills must be acquired through regular use and consistent lessons since the commitment to the weekly time allotted in the teacher’s schedule must be respected. As we all know from experience, if we give ourselves an out–we will take it.

Daily practice should consist of carefully following the teacher’s instructions. Two or four measure sections repeated four to six times would be a minimum. Trouble spots often require eight or more repetitions. Remember, a sloppy repetition yields a sloppy performance.

An Intrepid Group Plays the Mandolin

The New York Mandolin Orchestra (NYMO), now in its 94th year, and said to be the prehistoric known always performing Mandolin Orchestra in the country, has a long and well-revered reputation that is being maintained by its newest concertmaster, Dan Barrett, a cellist, who also plays mandolin and is a composer, arranger, conductor and—at his most impassioned—a political philosopher.

The relationship between the mandolin orchestra and social activism is nothing new for a group whose founder Samuel Firstman, a poor balalaika-playing immigrant from Russia, named the group the New York Freiheit [Freedom] Mandolin Orchestra, and which has, over the years, absorbed members from other immigrant and working class-related mandolin orchestras that also emerged in the 1920s.

Though he has been with NYMO for only two years when it had only a handful of performers, Barrett can now count on 15–25 showing up for rehearsals—sometimes even 50—a distribution that includes first and second mandolin, mandola, guitar, mandocello, bass, concertina, flute, recorder, clarinet, bassoon. They play chamber music, folk songs, jazz, bluegrass. Perhaps a Dan Barrett composition?

Violinist Forges New Paths in Music

He’s got a wonderful pitch line—an unusual combination of charming confession and heartfelt sincerity: “Contemporary music may or may not be your cup of tea. Most of the time it isn’t mine.” So let’s see how the violinist forges new paths in music.

It’s not just the “But” that follows, explaining why Alan Oser, music lover, long-time chamber music player (violin), and retired columnist and editor of the Real Estate Section of The New York Times, is sending out letters about a new not-for-profit music organization he founded and now chairs—New Paths in Music—it’s his infectious enthusiasm for the project—his sense of its uniqueness and potential and his delight in its debut concert a few years ago.

The fact that the person who sparked his interest in wanting to provide American audiences with an opportunity to hear contemporary music from composers around the world was his son-in-law, David Alan Miller, the Music Director and Conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, certainly gave Alan Oser added incentive to go ahead. He beams, recalling David’s encouraging but somewhat dubious response, “Lots of luck.”

How Can You Become A Confident Performer

female-playing-violinWhen you’ve made the choice to start a career as a professional violist, you are also choosing to become a performer. Then comes the question: ‘How can you become a confident performer?’

Are you going into performances or auditions with a feeling that you’re certain to be playing at your best, and play great from your very first note?

Or are you grappled with anxiety and doubt that maybe started already days or weeks earlier, and are you experiencing the tendency to start your performances tentatively?

Well, when you are like practically all performers and musicians, you will probably belong to the second category, and this happens definitely more often than you would like.

Confidence and Misconceptions

Now it is pretty good that confidence is a thing you can work on, that you can change. You can actually control your self-confidence level to a great extent. We see that, though they are highly successful, many musicians are suffering from quite a bit of insecurity and self-doubt.

More Lost Violins

The probably best-known case of a lost or stolen instrument was when in 1999, world-famous musician Yo-Yo Ma left his prized cello (worth $2.5 million) on the back seat a New York City cab. After a long search, NYPD officers tracked down the valuable and 266 years-old rare instrument in a Queens garage. But there are more lost violins.

Then, some years ago, Chouhei Min, the famed Minnesota Orchestra violinist, lost her Guadagnini violin (crafted in 1778 in Turin, Italy, and valued at more than $500,000) as it was stolen from the Minneapolis Mount Olive Lutheran Church basement.

Now, Boston MBTA police officials say they’ve found a missing violin that’s worth $40,000. This story will really touch your heart. The violin was lost on June 10, just around midnight, when its owner accidentally left it behind at Boston’s South Station.

On Tuesday, the MBTA Transit Police called for the public’s help to identify and trace a woman who the police said held the precious instrument, though the $40,000 violin did not belong to her.

Difference between Fiddle and Violin

‘Fiddle’ is actually the generic name for all bowed stringed musical instruments, so including the violin, and the ‘Cambridge Companion to the Violin’ (*), learns us that in fact, the instruments are totally identical and that it’s just the style of playing and repertory in which it is used are different. This view is pretty questionable, though, so let’s take a closer look at the difference between Fiddle and Violin.

Fiddles are violins that are used in country, bluegrass, or folk music, whereas violins are used to play jazz or classical music. Fiddles are also used, though, to play a number of other music styles such as Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music, and Western swing. Note also that the term ‘violinist’ is additionally used identify classically trained violin players, and the term ‘fiddlers’ for musicians who’re playing local dance music.

There are quite a few people who believe that there is a considerable difference between fiddles and violins. The Boise, Idaho, based company Telford & Sons Violins (trade and teaching), is stating that fiddles can be produced by any Grandpa from an old barn door or a fencepost, but that violins are crafted in line with accepted methods and have specific proportions, and are created from traditional materials.