The Violin is a small instrument with a big personality! A fretless (meaning you have to work out yourself where to put your fingers!) string instrument which, in the right hands, is simple divine. In the wrong hands, it sounds like a cat being put through a mangle. So watch out for the RSPCA!
Held below the chin, the violin is played with a bow or, sometimes, by plucking (pizzicato)
Why learn to play violin?
It’s very portable, is a staple of classical and folk music and adapts well to jazz.
What makes playing violin demanding?
As mentioned above, the violin, unlike the guitar, does not have frets (which guide you to where to put your fingers, to shorten the string). So you have to get an intimate feel for the instrument, and this does take time.
Any reason not to choose this instrument?
If you want quick, positive results, this instrument may not be for you.
What to buy?
Fine violins, as you will be aware, are extraordinarily expensive. They are collectors’ items. Look at our general advice on choosing/buying an instrument. Since, if you are a beginner, it’s difficult to try a violin out for sound, see if you can get someone competent to play the instrument you are thinking of buying – and see how it sounds to you.
Great exponents of the violin
Where to begin when listing the greatest violinist? A tricky one, but here are some of our favourites:
Niccolo’ Paganini is regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time, having a long-lasting influence on classical violin technique
The contemporary British violinist, Nigel Kennedy, is an exciting, incredibly talented player.
One of our favourites is Stephane Grapelli, a French jazz violinist who oozed charm both as a person and musician
This list cannot be exhaustive, but to miss out the great Yehudi Menuhin would be unforgiveable.
We arrange for a violin teacher to come to your home or office. You can have a 1:1 session, or learn with friends, family or colleagues.
Lessons last a minimum of one hour.
You tell us your preferred time.
Lessons can take place anytime between 0800 and 2100 Mon-Sat.
Sunday lessons are available by special arrangement.