Anyone here play Violin?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stephen S, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    I'm going to be ordering a violin in the next couple of days and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for me.
  2. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Yup, get a lined one :D


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    my tips

    2) find a secluded place to practice, your family will hate hearing the screeches of you learning :)
    3) i think this thread belongs in misc, off topic is for non music related things ;)


    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    and pretty much any instrument in the string family :)

    oh yeah, number one rule with it: HAVE FUN :)
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Yes. Find an instructor first, take a couple of lessons where you learn the basics of tone production, and then search for the instrument with him/her.

    Acoustic instruments are highly variable in terms of tone quality. You don't want to waste money on a lemon.
  6. Are yuo gonna pull a Spinal Tap w/ the bass or something?:p

    I'd like to take up the ukelele:)

    Good luck stevie.

  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    You'll sound like sh!t at first.
    You REALLY NEED a good teacher to learn violin, preferably a classical violinist for technique.
    I takes a pretty long time to get a decent sound out of it.
  8. Stephen S

    Stephen S Member

    Apr 10, 2002
    San Bernardino, CA
    This is all so discouraging. I would much rather get a bass teacher then a violin teacher. Thanks everyone.
  9. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Not to mention intonation!
  10. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    It took us 4 years to be able to play something that actually sounded good. Yes, we were 6 when we started, but it is still VERY VERY advisable to get lessons straight away.

    We would offer our services but we keep failing our teaching certificate :mad:
  11. K Dubbs

    K Dubbs Just graduated from OSU, Go Bucks!

    Mar 16, 2002
    Toledo, Ohio
    I hate to say it, but with 13 years experience with violin under my belt, I have to agree that grabbing the violin teacher is a way better idea than the bass teacher. Violin is an instrument where 90% of the game is precision and refinement of fingering/bowing technique. These are things that are best nurtured with a qualified teacher, because bad habits will inhibit your progress to a huge degree.

    Keep in mind, training on one instrument is very often compatible with other instruments. I used a lot of what I learned from all my years with violin when I taught myself to play bass.
  12. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I always thought violin would be relatively easy to make a good sound with, but I remember the day when I first picked one up, It took me 10 minutes to even get a sustained and solid note. :p

    That is a tough instrument, definitely need a teacher, and a lot of patience.
  13. That's why I'm so in awe everytime I watch Boyd Tinsley play. His violin makes DMB sound so full.
  14. Kevin V

    Kevin V

    Mar 12, 2003
    Union, New Jersey
    I played violin back in the day and my parents bought me a new violin since I was decent at it. Then I had an operation on my bowing shoulder and I stopped for a long time and eventually quit playing it. It has been sitting in my closet for like 6 years and I heard it increases in value with time.

    It is a Meisel that was made in Germany. Bought it for like 500$ with case and bow.
    Inside it reads "Geigen Bass und Cellobau"
    and "Expertly adjusted by Meisel to specifications exceeding MENC standards."
    It is in very good condition - only some finish has come off of the wood because of my chinrest.

    Anyone know it's approximate value? Is it a keeper or should I sell it soon? Or does anyone know of any websites that can tell me some of this info?

  15. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I've always wondered that myself.
  16. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Yes, from low to high. From the G below middle C to the E a 10th above middle C.
  17. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    ummm, your violin wont have gained much value in 6 years. it will right now be worth maybe around 500 maybe a little less since it hasnt been played and the tone has suffered because of that. my violin is worth a little mopre because of its age and it had some upgrades done to it. its 175 years old and is worth around 7k. dont skimp on how much you spend if you pay like 200 bucks for a violin, it will sound like sh*t no matter what you do on it. i picked up my cousins school violin, and it was impossible to do anything right on it! go get a teacher,maybe rent an okay violin at first and invest in one later if you deside to stick with it. I've been playing for 11 years (since i was 6) and am going into university on it. e maticulous (sp) with your tuning it will help if you dont let anything slide fix it right away!
  18. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    No problem! And good luck playing it! I once picked up a violin, thinking - (intonation aside), how hard can this be? Well, the sound I made with it wasn't pleasant ;)

    So best of luck with it. You're getting a teacher, right? ;)