Violin Studio 101: Instrument Basics

“Where can I buy a violin?” students often ask. My answer is usually threefold.

Local Strings Shop


Please don’t buy from Amazon for an acoustic  (not as good of quality)

As students get more advanced, they can always try out violins from other string shops as well. 

Don’t forget to check their size!

As a teacher, I tune the violin by ear with my piano. However, most students will either need to buy a tuner or use a tuning app.

Which shoulder pad?

Polypad for young students



Electrical tape

Great children’s book for positions:

Vio’s Violin 

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