Thursday, October 25, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Violin can be a bit intimidating at first. Beside its characteristic which is beautiful and delicate looking body, it has almost 70 parts on it. But for beginners, there’s only a few main parts that you should know at least before you start to learn violin. Even if you get to know the names of the most important parts of your violin, you still need to tune it before you start to play. But for now, let’s get to know the main parts of the violin, in order to crack your confidence the next time you open your violin case.
Back – The ‘back’ is one of the most important parts of the violin. It’s arched for strength and tone power. Sometimes it made from two pieces of wood.
Bass bar – The bass bar reinforces the strength of the violin’s top and enriches the tone of the lower notes.
Body – The ‘waist’ looking of the violin body, actually is a necessary indentation. Its function to make the bow freely move across the strings without bumping the body itself.
Bridge – Just like guitar, the bridge function is almost the same – it holds the strings to transfer the vibrations to the main body for amplification. It’s shape slightly rounded to enable the player to bow on one string at a time.
Chinrest – Its function to rest your jaw and hold the violin with the player left hand. Most violin place the chinrest at lower left of the body. But it can be custom made like the size to match your neck length and jaw to make the player comfortable when playing.
F-holes – The openings on either side of the bridge. They’re called f-holes because they’re shaped like the letter F.
Fingerboard – Smooth piece of ebony that’s glued on top of the neck of the violin.
Neck – The long piece of wood to which the fingerboard is glued.
Nut – Function to stops the strings from vibrating beyond the pegbox.
Pegbox – The rectangular part of the scroll immediately adjoining the nut and the fingerboard.
Pegs – Shaped for ease of turning and fitted into round holes in the pegbox. The player turns the peg to tighten or loosen each string when tuning the violin.
Purfling – The purfling is both decorative and functional because it protects the main body from cracks by accidental bumps or falls.
Ribs – The side of the violin.
Saddle – Protects the body from becoming damaged and prevent rattling sound.
Scroll – The scroll forms the very end of the pegbox. Occasionally, you meet a violin with a lion’s head scroll or some other fanciful shape.
Sound post – Enhances the volume and tones of the violin by transferring the sound vibrations to the back of the instrument after the bow makes a string sound near the bridge.
Strings – Often made with silver or aluminum ribbon spiraling smoothly around gut or synthetic core material.
Tailpiece – A flared-shaped piece of wood into which the top end of each string is attached.
Top – The top is very important to the character and quality of the violin’s sound as well as to its general appearance.
Fine tuners – Small metal screws fitted into the tailpiece and used for minor tuning adjustments.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Violin is a fascinating instrument that I ever learn. The shape is so stunningly beautiful and its tone is so evocative – like a magical sound from a person's voice. Since I saw it for the first time, when my music teacher brought it to the class of my secondary school, I was amazed with its sound and structured. As she pulls it out and played the beautiful notes, I was fascinated – and I started to fall in love with it for life.
My parents bought me a second-hand ¾ - size violin, which cost the shocking sum of $20 at that time – after my persistent requests for a violin of my own. Since then, it kept me busy playing and learning the violin. And I keep on going, play it until high school. When I started going to the University, majoring in non-musical course, the sound of beauty faded day by day, as I started to get busy pursuing my studies, assignments, and major examinations – which I am little bit regret.
After I got married, and had a son, soon it came back to me. My son, suddenly request his own violin after he saw his teacher brought it to his class – just like my childhood story. I told myself, what a coincidence. I told my son that day, his wishes will come true as I took my old violin out of the garage which I kept it for many years without playing it any more. I looked at it and it’s still in a good condition as I stored it in an exquisite box that kept it from dust and humidity temperature.
After I gave him the violin, which make him eager to play right away, the memory of my childhood slowly picture in my mind and I got excited and fascinated again for the second time. It's just like it's destined to be this way. My son shared the same story as I am. After that day, I’ve trained again and amazed my son afterwards – as he never saw me playing any musical instrument before.
So, even if you’re never picked up a violin before, let alone tried to play one. It would definitely pay your time trying. And the journey is fun – I guarantee it.
As you get going to learn violin, in the mean time, I will post my tips and a few guides that I know and used for sharpening your skills, give you extra teaching ideas (if you are a music teacher or if you just want to show off some skills) and I also will give you some new tricks that really work.
Honestly, I’m not a mastery in violin – at least not yet? But I love to share the beautiful sound of the violin for those who are interested. Sharing is caring, right? So why not try a good program that I highly recommend above which is absolutely effective and smart learning experience to have – they also have a good team of members in support, if you need something to ask.
So, thank you for reading my story – which is not so fascinating compared to the violin story. See you soon.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The Violin is the highest-pitched member of the family of string instruments, which includes the viola, cello and double bass. The words violin or informally called a fiddle, comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument. The earliest extant records that depict the use of the violin dates back to the year 1556. However it's possible that older predecessors of the violin existed before 1556. The violin may have its ancient origins acquired most of its modern looks belived started back in 16th-century in Italy. Further modification occurs between the 18th and 19th centuries.
Despite many bowed instruments in the world, violin become a truly resilient and modern musical instrument because it has easily withstood the test of time. Today many adults and children are drawn to produce the heavenly and sweet sound from this magnificent instrument. The violin is the instrument that has seen a lot of development in terms of theory and application.
When buying a violin for the first time, one need to understand the reasons for buying, musical goals, and the budget that needs to spend for the instrument. Each violin comes with a long bow, which is used to play the violin. Without it the violin cannot be used because the vibrations needed to elicit sounds from its four strings can only generate by the movement of a special, 29-inch bow that was designed specifically for a violin.
The range of a good ideal price for the one who first time buying or who curious as to how the instrument actually sounds, is within $50 to $75. By that way, even if you realize that it's not the best instrument for you then you won't regret buying it later on.
If you have an interest and passion for music especially the classical musics and you might know already how to play several instruments, you may want to invest in something a bit pricier that will withstand prolonged use. In this case, $200 to $300 priced violin should be considered a good choice.
For someone who has a large budget, there are some classical violins that can cost up to $5,000 price tag. These pieces of course are for the advanced amateurs and professional musicians who want extremely durable instruments for regular use.
Take a note for the beginners, the violin is a piece of instrument that always needs to add an element of rhythm to your musical notes. Counting beats is easily the best choice for the one who are just learning how to add rhythm to their own musical pieces.
If you already feel excited about the idea of playing the violin, you might ask yourself this question; how do I actually learn how to play the instrument? There are five main choices to choose:
- Hire a personal coach/mentor/teacher for violin mastery
- Attend a local music class that discusses a variety of musical instruments, including the violin
- Enroll in a music school, majoring in bowed strings or the violin
- Sign up for online music classes (which is good for your child to learn for the first time)
- Buy a good book on the violin and learn on your own
If you have the time and the funds, you can try enrolling in music school to learn from the professionals. But if you like to get the help from the professional but would like to stay at home during the lessons, a personal violin teacher would be the best option for you.
Many beginners preferred to have a professional coach in the comfort of their home to start with as many courses and programs from the pro himself out there which running online nowadays. But the thing is you may decide what you really want for you or your kids to learn violin the best way and the easiest way possible as many good courses out there that you should consider taking it.