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Violin Playing Tips: Surviving Your First Audition

Violin Playing Tips: Surviving Your First Audition

Learning to play in front of an audience can be tough, but playing for an audition can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences, especially your first time around. There are many violin playing tips to help you learn how to play, and how to listen to others in the orchestra, but many of those tips do not apply to an audition. No matter how good you are, nerves can be a huge factor. Unlike a concert where the audience is inclined to praise you because they are there to enjoy the music, an a … Read More

Violin Playing Tips: Surviving Your First Audition
Learning to play in front of an audience can be tough, but playing for an audition can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences, especially your first time around. There are many violin playing tips to help you learn how to play, and how to listen to others in the orchestra, but many of those tips do not apply to an audition. No matter how good you are, nerves can be a huge factor. Unlike a concert where the audience is inclined to praise you because they are there to enjoy the music, an a
Age or Aptitude: When to Start Violin Lessons
Some start optimistically young, others driven by passion start much later in life, but when is the right time to start violin lessons? Like any other form of art, there’s simply no black or white when it comes to exploring music. The right time to start can’t be measured exclusively by age. Some ambitious parents start their kids at the age of two, and while many go off to become YouTube sensations, a whole lot more tend to give up by the age of five. So what should you consider before diving
Violin Techniques: How to Get a Stronger Bow Arm
Do you want to improve your violin skills? Bow arm movement and direction are important violin techniques every beginner should master. Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some tips on how to get a stronger bow arm...  In violin playing, the bow is what creates the sound. The bow arm has two basic movements: moving the bow vertically between strings, and moving the bow horizontally across strings. In order to achieve a beautiful tone, these movements must be understood and continually p
How to Read Violin Notes: A Beginner's Guide
Learning how to read violin notes is a challenging but important task. Playing by ear is a wonderful and valuable skill, as it can come in handy in many situations! However, learning how to read violin sheet music can open up a world of possibilities and will be necessary if you aspire to perform with an orchestra, quartet, and even some bands. Once you've learned how to read violin notes, you'll be able to play pretty much any piece of music you set your mind to. Below, we will wal
Beginner Basics: Steps for Buying a Violin
Your first violin purchase might seem rather daunting. If you haven't purchased a string instrument before, you may not be familiar with the different makers or size ranges. A good violin is an investment, which means that a bit of research may be required beforehand. Buying a violin will be a purchase that will bring you joy for many years to come. Knowing what makes for a good-quality student instrument before you walk into a musical instrument store will keep you from being swayed by fancy-l

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