Violin Mutes: A-Z Buyer’s Guide for Beginners

In addition to quieting the output and dampening the sound, violin mutes add texture to a violin’s output. They can fashion oriental timbres that sound as reeds rustling in a marsh, and can form haunting textures that easily send chills up one’s spine.

They can be used for a variety of circumstances and areas, including hushed practice during a silent night, ambient layering during an orchestral piece, and isolated sections of solo repertoire. Combined with numerous ensemble members, they can serve as the underlying soil of a piece, or as an airy addition to a swaying movement.

Violin vs. Viola: What’s the Difference?

I am often asked by non-music students, by people at lesson shops, or by passers at sidewalk corners, “What is that?” as a finger is pointed toward my instrument case.

My answer varies from one circumstance to the next: “It’s my business partner,” or, “A violin, it is,” or, “It’s a machine-gun,” are potential replies. I might, if the inquirer’s response suggests it, reveal the tool inside, which, lo and behold, is a violin.

Top Composers for Beginner Listening

For the beginning musician, selecting a good first set of compositions for listening can be challenging, as even sifting partially through the ocean of existing pieces takes much time and energy, and distinguishing between well-written and poor works requires an ear that is at least familiar with quality musicianship.

To find a great writing and know its excellence using uneducated methods is difficult as is; to locate one appropriate for a novice is a task that an unexperienced individual might lose hair over. The balance between droll predictability and overwhelming complexity is minute, and pieces whose technicalities can be interpreted by advancing students hide easily in the masses of sonic productions.

Best Violin Brands 2017: A Guide for Beginners and Students

In choosing one’s first violin, or a lasting upgrade from one’s starting piece of musical equipment, a student might experience much uncertainty about the material that his instrument should be made of, the brands that are most reputable, the kind of tone he wants from his instrument, the tactile feel that he wishes the bridge and chinrest to present, and the weight and shape that he would like his bow to embody.

Best D Z Strad Violin Reviews 2017

“The instrument can be only as pleasant as its player – false! Rather, the player can be no lovelier than her instrument.”Anonymous

D Z Strad, an instrument-making company with a shop located near the heart of New York, is chockful of wisdom and experience in violin design.

Gauged towards audiences of all ages, it offers a diverse set of products whose potential can be realized by novices and professionals alike.

Top 7 Best Violin Cases for 2016

Your violin case is one of the most important tools you own if you are a violinist. The case is the one thing that will keep your violin safe as you head to practice and performances. Of course you need a good case just for storage purposes when you are not using the violin.

Violins are precision instruments that have to be protected from bumps, bangs and even dust. The right case can go a long way in the longevity of your violin.

7 Best Violin Strings Brands Review

There are several reasons why you have to give a lot of thought to which violin strings are going to be best for you.

Of course every violinists knows that the type and quality of strings will affect the quality of the sound but there are other considerations as well when you are considering why you need to pick the best type of strings for your violin:

  • Durability
  • Overall costs
  • Cut back on frustration

 

7 Best Violin Rosin Brands Review

Understanding that not all rosin is the same is the first step in choosing the best rosin. Most brands actually outsource the rosin that they sell under their brand.

Rosin is very important when it comes to getting just the right tone so learning as much as you can about what rosin works for you is important.

We put together this list of the 7 best violin rosin brands to help you to make an informed choice when purchasing rosin.