The Violin may seem like an overwhelming musical instrument — but trust us, it is not. You just need to have a little patience, the right motivation, and a few tips to get the most out of each practice. Below a few pointers that our students found useful!
August 20, 2019
First things, first! Start by gathering everything you need such as:
- Shoulder Rest (this is used to hold the violin between your neck and shoulder. Since a violin is not shaped to fit this part of your body, this helps violinists be able to play longer and have a better sound overall.)
- Rosin (this is a sticky resin obtained from various trees and plants that helps the bow make a sound when it comes in contact with a violin string.)
- Music Sheets
- Music Stand (optional)
All of these things can be found at a local music store or online!
Ok, so now that you have everything you need, you can start setting up your violin.
1. Take the violin and bow out of the case.
2. Put the shoulder rest on the back of the violin. If you are using a sponge, use rubber bands to secure it.
3. Tighten the bow. Use the screw on the end of the bow, tighten the hairs of the bow. The hairs should be about the width of your pinky finger away from the wood of the bow.
4. Rosin the bow. Rub the rosin up and down along the bow hairs. This should take you about ten seconds unless you have a new bow. In that case, it will take you about a minute.
This article is a re-post, with small modifications, of “How to Play Violin” an article published on instructables.com