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5 Tips for Pulling Off a Showstopping Violin Performance

Stage presence is an important skill for all musicians to master. Below, violin teacher Ha-eun R. shares several tips on how to confidently pull off a showstopping violin performance... Have you ever attended a concert in which the artist sounded better if you closed your eyes? A performer’s stage presence is more important than one might think, as a recent study has shown. According to research, published in the PNAS journal, participants who were shown silent videos of piano competit … Read More
5 Tips for Pulling Off a Showstopping Violin Performance
Stage presence is an important skill for all musicians to master. Below, violin teacher Ha-eun R. shares several tips on how to confidently pull off a showstopping violin performance... Have you ever attended a concert in which the artist sounded better if you closed your eyes? A performer’s stage presence is more important than one might think, as a recent study has shown. According to research, published in the PNAS journal, participants who were shown silent videos of piano competit
Budgeting for Violin Lessons: How Much Do Violins Cost for Kids?
If your child is excited to learn the violin, you might be trying to figure out exactly how much to set aside in your budget to support their interest. Violins have a range of price as wide as their range in sound, and can average from relatively inexpensive to more than some people make in a year! Continue reading as we answer the commonly-asked question, “How much do violins cost?” How Much Do Violins Cost? For young children, beginner's violin prices can range from as low as $50 to as hig
5 Violin Exercises to Help Build Finger Strength
Just like athletes, musicians must build certain muscles to help them better perform. Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares some fun violin exercises that help build finger strength... Finger strength is very important for violinists. The fingers in the left hand control the pitches on the violin, while the fingers on the right hand control the bow. For this article, we’ll focus on violin exercises that will help build your left hand finger strength so that you can play in tune as well
8 Essential Violin Books for Beginners
The violin is a beautiful string instrument perfect for musicians of all ages to learn. Along with having a qualified violin teacher to instruct you, the right violin books are your most valuable tool for learning to play the violin. Which ones are the most useful and informative for beginner students? Which ones take you beyond the basics to a more advanced skill level? Here’s a look at eight of our favorites: Hal Leonard Essential Elements for Strings The Essential Elements series is very
Top 5 Instructional Violin Books for Kids
Do you need to purchase a violin book for your child, but you're not sure where to start? Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares her top five violin books for kids... There is an unbelievably large amount of music books available to kids who want to learn the violin. While there are many great options to choose from, sifting through all of them to find the best one can be daunting. Most students start with a method book, but activity and solo books can be great supplemental materials to

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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