Recently indie bands like the Lumineers and Arcade Fire have topped college charts with their unique, genre-crossing sounds. String players in both groups help them to stand out and really make a mark in today’s cluttered music scene.
If you’re interested in playing a violin in a band, with just a few easy steps you can get started. Follow along and you’ll be on stage in no time!
How is Violin Played in a Band?
- Find a band to join based on the kind of music you like
- Go to local shows
- Audition if necessary
- Practice often
- Consider starting your own band
- Try taking violin lessons to get better at your craft
- Invest in the right equipment
- Try unique techniques and genres to help yourself improve
It’s a good idea to become good at improvisation as a violinist, too.
Here’s a video with some simple songs on the violin that you can learn as a beginner:
How to Join a Band
Go to local shows to meet other musicians who make the kind of music you like and support them. You can always ask bands you like if they’re interested in jamming with a violinist to see what you can add to their sound.
When you’re auditioning to join an established band, ask them if they can send you charts for a few of their most popular songs.
Want to start your own band? That’s great too!
How to Play Violin in a Band
How do you play a violin in a band?
For the most part, it’s no different than if you were going to play violin by yourself, as a soloist.
However, there are some techniques for playing a violin in a band that stand out – and are absolutely necessary if you want to be successful.
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Gather Your Equipment
Additionally, make sure that you have all the violin equipment you’ll need for live performances. Depending on the noise level in your band, you might be able to simply mic your violin on-stage and play. If your band is a bit louder, springing for an electric violin and an amp will be the best solution to ensure you are heard.
Listen to the Experts Playing a Violin
Listen to a lot of music that features violinists for inspiration. A couple of our favorite contemporary violinists are Lindsey Stirling and Owen Pallett, but there are many other great artists making interesting and creative new music on the violin.
Experiment With Different Techniques
Don’t be afraid to experiment with looping, effects pedals, and other new technology as it emerges. Be curious about what equipment your bandmates are using and always ask them for feedback on your sound.
Try Unique Genres When Playing a Violin
It’s all too easy to find yourself stuck doing the same-old, same-old when it comes to playing a violin in a band. However, if you want to start improving your skills and shattering batteries, you’ve got to think outside the box!
For example, if you’ve always played in an orchestra, you may want to learn how to play violin in a jazz band.
If you’re used to playing a violin in a jazz band, you might want to learn how to play violin in a worship band.
And if you’ve always played acoustic violin, you’ll want to learn how to play electric violin in a band.
Challenge yourself to always be learning new things about playing a violin – you’re sure to grow as an artist!
Is it Hard to Play in a Band?
It can be challenging to play in a band, but the camaraderie you experience and the beautiful music you create together will be well worth all that extra work.
The most important thing to remember is that playing in a band should be fun! After all, you got into making music because you like it and you want to have a good time.
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