The Violin has always been one of the most popular musical instruments to play and has seen a resurgence in the last few years with more and more people beginning to learn the classical style of music.
Since the renaissance the violin has been a main component of most classical music scores and this continues to be the case even today.
Belonging to the bounded stringed instrument family the violin is played by gently allowing the bow to fall down and across the strings on the main violin body under the weight of your arm. The bow string once made from horse hair is generally a synthetic substitute today.
'Pizzicato' is the term given to the playing of the strings with your fingers, but the more common usage for your non-bowing hand is to create the notes using the strings on the violin body.
Even if you've never been particularly musical in the past, there's nothing to stop you learning the violin at any age and there are more ways to learn now than ever, thanks to the internet.
Let's delveeeper into the various routes open to you.
One of the more traditional ways to learn violin would be at an educational institution such as a school or college, however this route is usually a full time student role and if you've already left school, then this option might seem a tough step especially if you have to work nine to five.
If you live in a reasonable size town or city, you might find night classes available where you can take up the violin. Costing less than a place on a full time learning course and taking less of your spare time, this option would be valuable as long as it exists in your area. You should also find there are fewer people in the class so more one on one tuition.
Hiring a personal teacher should get you playing faster than any other option, as the instruction will be solely focused on you and you'll be driven to succeed. The downside to this option is the cost and the risk of you not being compatible with your instructor, especially if they do not appreciate your learning needs. This route must be managed well from the word go.
Some classes to learn the violin are now taught online, but this basically basically mimics what you'd learn in class. Instead of going along to a college, you'll log on and learn from the comfort of your own home. Make sure to find out how reputable these online colleges are before you enroll, unless the process is much less formal.
Online books and e-books offer the latest promise of future violin stardom. For a small monthly membership fee or one-off charge you can purchase an e-book written by violin experts that include tutorials, assignments and pre-recorded videos. A very valuable learning tool for people with busy lives, as you can pick up and put down the course when it suits you, although you will there before need to manage your own motivation and time to keep on track with the learning.