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How to Find the Best Local Violin Teachers

How to Find the Best Local Violin Teachers

Have you always been envious of people who know how to play the violin and wished you were one of them? Are you looking to start learning and wonder where you could find great local violin teachers to guide you through this musical journey? Each violin teacher is different, and some teacher-student relationships work well, while others may not. The ideal teacher should have the right credentials, experience, and teaching techniques to be able to inspire you, encourage you, and make you love play … Read More

How to Find the Best Local Violin Teachers
Have you always been envious of people who know how to play the violin and wished you were one of them? Are you looking to start learning and wonder where you could find great local violin teachers to guide you through this musical journey? Each violin teacher is different, and some teacher-student relationships work well, while others may not. The ideal teacher should have the right credentials, experience, and teaching techniques to be able to inspire you, encourage you, and make you love play
Basics of Violin: How to Set (and Reach) Your Goals
When the violin is played properly, it can move listeners to cry, dance, laugh, and experience a wide range of emotions. Violins are played in all types of music, from classical to hard rock to pop. And while it may initially seem challenging to learn to play this popular instrument, mastering the basics of violin yields beautiful and inspiring results. The Importance of Goals When you are first beginning to explore your interest in violin, it can be helpful to sit down and set a few goals b
Where Can You Find Violin News? Top 4 Online Resources for Violinists
Are you new to the violin world? There are dozens of online resources that you can read to stay up on the latest news, learn expert tips and tricks, and connect with other violinists. Immersing yourself in the violin culture will not only help improve your skills, but it will also make your learning experience much more enjoyable. Below, we’ve rounded up the top three online resources for violinists. The Strad You might have seen a copy of The Strad lying on your violin teacher’s coffee tabl
13 Easy Violin Duets Featuring Various Instruments
One of the best things about playing an instrument is getting to play with other musicians. Below, violin teacher Naomi Cherie S. shares some fun and easy violin duets you can play with your musical friends... Looking for some fun violin duets to perform with your fellow musicians? Below are some violin duets for various levels, instrument pairings, and tastes. Before you get started, let's go over some important tips for playing violin duets. Important Tips for Playing Violin Duets Whe
Best Violin Songs and Tips for Wedding Performances
Violinists get ready because it's wedding season! Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares the best violin songs for weddings as well as some helpful tips and tricks for preparing and performing... Wedding season is both an exciting and stressful time for violinists. For much of the summer and fall, violinists are in high demand, as the violin is one of the most popular instruments requested for weddings. If you've been asked to play solo or in a larger mixed-instrument ensemble, you migh

Violin in Minneapolis

By Greg B. - Minneapolis Violin Teacher

As a recent transplant to the Twin Cities, I have been finding out just what a Midwest winter means. Although I’m from New York, spending the last 6 years living in Miami and Los Angeles didn’t help me prepare for the chill here. But there have been some performances this winter that have been so blazing, they warmed me right to the core. If you are a student aspiring to take violin lessons in Minneapolis, you have some excellent talent to emulate.

This city has hosted many stellar string players, true musicians that redefine the possibilities of the instrument. First on my list is Andrew Bird, violinist and songwriter. His performances in December at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral were remarkable. Bird combines his violin prowess with guitar, singing, and whistling, all of which he runs through a looper in order to create an orchestra of himself. His latest CD, Useless Creatures, is worth checking out if you haven’t heard it.

Next comes a local favorite of mine, Jelloslave. Consisting of 2 cellos, tablas and a drum kit, Jelloslave blurs the boundaries between jazz, Afro-Cuban, Indian and even pop to create something spectacular. With infectious grooves and soaring melodies, this quartet will engage you for the whole performance. Finally, there’s the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, a unique band that starts with progressive bluegrass before launching off into jazz, world, and rock compositions. Lisi Wright, the band’s violinist, fits right in with the electrified ensemble, improvising catchy licks one second and rocking out the next.

As an instructor teaching violin lessons in Minneapolis, I encounter many beginning students who are frustrated with their supposedly slow progress on the instrument. All their friends that play guitar are able to crank out pop songs in no time flat, and they can barely manage to get through Old McDonald. But the violin should not be compared to the guitar or any other instrument. It is a unique tool with its own advantages and disadvantages. For musical neophytes, an instrument where the only fixed pitches are four open strings can make the violin appear unapproachable. But just as Rome was not built in one day, violin mastery is not attainable in a month. It's important for the student to keep focused on their improvement, day by day, week by week. If you are able to enjoy the experience of discovery and the knowledge that comes with diligent practice, then the end goal becomes much less critical to the ego. Keep this in mind the next time you hit a roadblock during your violin lessons in Minneapolis.

No matter what your taste in music, there’s sure to be a great concert this winter that will warm you right up. So get out there, explore the diverse music scene in the Twin Cities, and take violin lessons in Minneapolis!

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