The violin originated in Italy in the sixteenth century, along with its cousins the viola and the cello. It is the soprano string voice of the orchestra and the smallest member of the violin family. Violins have three strings in common with the viola: A, D, and G. They have a higher E string while violas have a lower C string.
Violins are incredibly versatile instruments, with a range of over three octaves and an ability to play micro tones and adapt to alternate tunings, which has led them to be adopted by cultures all over the world in which Western instruments typically do not fit because of the way they are tuned. You will find them of course in classical music, but they are also common in folk and popular genres. They can play melody, harmony, chords, or percussion. Their small size allows them to be transported easily, which means they can be played just about anywhere.
In addition to the instrument and bow, you will need an end pin rest, a music stand, a firm chair without arm rests from which you can rest your feet flat on the floor, rosin, and a soft cleaning cloth. All other accessories commonly offered as add-ons when you rent or buy a cello are unnecessary. We recommend getting a cello from a local violin shop if possible, rather than a general music store or website. If you do not yet have a cello, talk to us, first. The market for violin-family instruments can be tricky for beginners, so we would prefer to help you avoid things that look like good deals but are actually VSOs, or violin-shaped objects, the industry equivalent of a "lemon."
We offer violin lessons for children ages three and up. The violin is a good choice for small children because it comes in very small sizes. Music is a vital part of a child's education. An early introduction to music stimulates language and motor skill development. However, small children will not practice on their own. They don't know how, not because they haven't been told but because their brains are in the wrong stage of development to understand the purpose, value, and process of practicing. Therefore, they need a parent partner who attends lessons with them and practices with them at home.