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Is it Hard to Play Violin? 4 Challenges - And How to Overcome Them

Is it Hard to Play Violin? 4 Challenges - And How to Overcome Them

Many young students interested in learning to play a music instrument are drawn to the beautiful sound and expressiveness of the violin. The first question they will ask is often, is it hard to play violin?  Learning to play any musical instrument can present challenges to the beginning student. However, much of the difficulty in learning any instrument rests with the student’s attitude. If something is perceived as hard, it can be easy to get frustrated at the first sign of trouble and simply … Read More

Is it Hard to Play Violin? 4 Challenges - And How to Overcome Them
Many young students interested in learning to play a music instrument are drawn to the beautiful sound and expressiveness of the violin. The first question they will ask is often, is it hard to play violin?  Learning to play any musical instrument can present challenges to the beginning student. However, much of the difficulty in learning any instrument rests with the student’s attitude. If something is perceived as hard, it can be easy to get frustrated at the first sign of trouble and simply
The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best Violin Strings
Are you a beginner violinist who needs some guidance on what type of violin strings to purchase? Below, violin teacher Montserrat P. shares some expert tips on how to choose the best violin strings... Choosing the best violin strings for your instrument is extremely important. Finding the proper strings guarantees you'll be able to play your violin to its full potential, which leads you to achieve more efficient development as a musician. Unfortunately, if you don't have the right guid
A Beginner's Guide to Proper Violin Fingering [Instructional Video]
One of the most challenging aspects of learning how to play the violin is finger placement. Below, violin teacher Naomi Cherie S. provides a lesson in proper violin fingering… So you’ve just started to learn how to play the violin. Before you can start wowing crowds like famous violin players Lindsay Stirling and Joshua Bell, it’s important that you first learn the basics, starting with proper violin fingering. Learning the proper violin finger placement is a great place to start, as it wi
Guide to Playing the Violin: Where Should I Start?
Playing an instrument is something many people long to be able to do well. Music sooths the soul, and there is just something inspiring about being able to play songs on your own! If you’re ready to get started, then here are some tips for playing the violin:  Getting a Violin First things first: you’ll need an instrument! Think about whether renting or buying a violin is a better option for you, as well as if you’ll need a professional or student violin. If you’re in it for the long haul,
How to Hold a Violin Bow: Step-by-Step Guide [Pictures]
Learning how to hold a violin bow is vital skill. Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some tips and tricks on how to master this important violin technique... Oftentimes, the most difficult part of learning how to play the violin is mastering proper bow technique, as it can feel very unnatural for beginner and intermediate students. While it can be frustrating, learning how to hold a violin bow is extremely important--especially for those who are just starting violin lessons. After a

Violin in Tampa

By Amanda R. - Tampa Violin Teacher

One of the reasons I chose to attend school in Tampa is because of the musical community here. The University of South Florida offers incredible performances by faculty like Carolyn Stuart, Associate Professor of Violin as well as dozens of performances each semester by violin students. Whether it is a performance by the esteemed Presidents Trio, a solo recital or an orchestra concert, there is always an amazing violin performance to be found at USF.

Additionally, the Florida Orchestra is a big part of the musical scene in Tampa. Between the Masterworks, Coffee Concert, and Pops series there is always a chance to see professional violinists at work with The Florida Orchestra. This season featured concertmaster Jeffrey Multer performing the dazzling Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Later this season they will be performing the Brahms Violin Concerto with violinist Augustin Hadelich and the principal second violinist from The Florida Orchestra will be performing Thomas Ades’ Violin Concerto. The ability to see The Florida Orchestra perform in three beautiful halls in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater makes concert-going an experience the greater Tampa Bay area can fully enjoy.

The Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra is a wonderful asset to young musicians taking violin lessons in Tampa Bay. Four orchestras with talented conductors help to foster young musicians from beginners to advanced levels of musicianship. The ability to work with student colleagues on wonderful orchestral repertoire is one of the many amazing educational resources for young musicians. A Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra concert is a glowing example of the benefits of music education in our schools and communities.

I am fortunate to be a Tampa native. Being in Tampa has allowed me to grow as an artist and educator because of the wonderful and unique experiences Tampa has to offer. You can experience these opportunities for yourself by taking for violin lessons in Tampa.

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