Usually for students 14 and older a full sized (4/4) violin is perfect! For children and younger teens a smaller violin will be required. I suggest going to Mhyre's Music or Bella music (appointment only )for any of your needs If you are unsure about violin for you or your child there are options to rent, trade in, or put the rental money towards a new instrument
I recommend the Kun collapsible shoulder rest for all of my students. Note that not all students will require a shoulder rest in their violin lessons, but this is only in rare cases where the students neck is very short. This can be picked up at any major or specialty music store.
Rosin helps the bow catch the string, apply once to twice a week. This is usually provided with most rental setups
Wait until after your first lesson to buy your book. Depending on the student, a different method may be required. Photocopies of music will be provided in the first weeks of violin lessons. Books can be purchased through Long and Mcquade or Amazon
A music stand is also mandatory to purchase to enable proper practicing at home.
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A preparatory exercise to help free the wrist, and give you a controlled and relaxed vibrato!
This preparatory exercise can be done away from the violin, and should be done daily with your other exercises.
Vibrato is a combination of arm, and wrist. The previous two exercises focused on the wrist and fingers; This will focus on the arm and how it relates to the left hand!
This is an event I encourage every student to perform in! Please check out the website if performance interests you.
Smaller than the Kiwanis festival, but also a great opportunity to get adjudicated!
My go to music store. As a musician and violin teacher I definitely recommend them above all else!
Very popular and funny content several of my students enjoy! Trigger warning to violists.