Recommendations for the Beginning Violinist
So, you've brought your violin home, now what do you do with it? The first step is to get a teacher. Your playing will improve the fastest with the help of a trained violin teacher. You can call us at 626-793-4730 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find the teachers that we recommend. We also suggest you check out Pasadena Conservatory and Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena.
One of the best ways for very young students to begin is with the Suzuki Method. If you want to go the Suzuki Method route, the best way to get started is with the Suzuki Violin Book 1. It's also helpful to listen to the accompanying CD as much as possible! If you're a parent, you might want to supplement the method book with Helping Parents Practice, a great Suzuki text designed to help parents make practicing with their children as effective and fun as possible!
If you're looking to learn the traditional route, we suggest Essential Elements Book 1 for the Violin. It includes a great fingering chart, plus CD and introductory video. It makes it easier to begin playing the instrument on your own, but remember, a teacher is still the best way to begin learning!
Of course, it takes more than just a really great book to begin playing the violin. The number of accessories can be overwhelming-metronomes, tuners, cleaning clothes, shoulder rests and chin rests, and more! We recommend you start off with just a tuner and a shoulder rest. We suggest the Korg CA-1 tuner, and the Kun Original is a great shoulder rest!
This is just an introduction to some tools to get you started on the violin. Check out the complete list below!