Basic Music lessons
Here we cover step-by-step all the resources you’ll need to get started on the violin.
This includes all the essential items, care and maintenance tips, beginning lessons, and more, that will get you up to speed on the violin as fast as possible.
This article is meant to be an overview of everything you need, so along the way we’ll be linking to more detailed articles that explain why we’re recommending this or that.
We’re adding new tips all the time as we try more products, find time to write, and get recommendations from readers like you, so please be patient if some of the sections are marked “coming soon.” They will be!
Here we go…
Step 1: Get Essential Equipment
Here we cover the absolute necessities. The first thing you need to do to get started as a violin beginner is to make sure you have all of the following:
- In this article we cover beginner violin price, whether to buy online or at violin shops, violin size, and more. We also give you a recommendation for our favorite beginner violin package.
- Most beginner violin packages come with a bow. But if you find yourself needing to select a violin bow separately, here is what to look for.
- Violin Case (reviews coming soon)
Many beginner violin packages come with a case. But if yours did not, or if you’re looking to upgrade, we cover what to look for in a violin case, and a list of our favorites.
- What is it? Why do you need it? Light or dark? We answer all your questions here, and suggest which kind we think is best for beginning violin.
- Violin Shoulder Rest
What to look for in a violin shoulder rest, how to adjust it, and our recommendations for specific models.
- Music Stand
Portability vs. size vs. stability: our take on what kind of music stand works best for beginning violin.
- Beginner Violin Sheet Music
Most of the violin repertoire, whether classical or fiddle music, is too difficult for beginner violinists. Here we recommend our favorite books for beginner violin that will help you learn to play as fast as possible.
- It is important to play in an armless chair in order to give yourself room when bowing the violin. Chairs with arms limit your range of motion. You probably already have a suitable chair somewhere (folding chairs usually work well), but if you don’t, something like the is stable, adjustable, comfortable, and portable.