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How to Pick a Beautiful, Inexpensive Violin for Beginners

Updated on February 26, 2014

Choosing A Beautiful and Inexpensive Violin For Beginners Is SIMPLE!

 Finding a beautiful and inexpensive violin for beginners is what every young, budding violin student wants.  After all, you will be using it a LOT!  You will want to make sure you love your violin.  But, how can you find an inexpensive violin which looks beautiful?  What brands of violins are best for beginners?  Let's explore this to help you pick just the right violin for you or your child that will help to grow their love of playing an instrument.

How a Violin Is Made - Ever wonder how those beautiful, inexpensive violins for beginners are made???

Here's a great video that I found about how violins are made. It shows you from the cutting of the wood, the shaping and then the instrument and the wiring of the strings. It's really quite interesting - please enjoy it!


What To Look For In a Beautiful, Inexpensive Violin For Beginners

Tips on what you REALLY need and what you REALLY don't

Buying your first violin can be overwhelming! So many different many bells and do you determine what you will REALLY need as a beginner?

You DON'T need a professional violin yet. These are hand-crafted using expensive wood and parts in order to make a unique instrument with exceptional tone quality. Do NOT let the sales person try to talk you into this! None of these are necessary when you are first learning how to play the violin.

DO Buy a "STUDENT" Violin - When purchasing a violin make sure the model you get is considered a "student" violin. Student violins are manufactured by machine, use average types of wood and are lacquer sprayed by machines. This makes the violin MUCH more cost effective for you!

Speaking of inexpensive, learning to play the violin doesn't have to be expensive either. If you are considering paying for expensive private violin lessons, I would encourage you to check out easy violin lessons. This video violin lesson series is inexpensive and can really give you or your child the edge you need to improve violin playing skills quickly!

What about the SIZE of my Beautiful Inexpensive Violin for Beginners?

A guide to determine what size violin you wil need

When you pick your violin, it is important that you get the right size you need. In order to determine what size violin you or your child will need, you will need a tape measure and the violin student's arm. You can get a good idea by measuring the child's outstretched arm from neck to mid-palm measured in inches.

Feeling overwhelmed? You aren't alone. So many parents are in the same boat as you are. There is so much to think about when you are buying your first instrument! But, don't worry, that's why I'm here to help you.

The following chart will then identify the correct size for your student: It is always better to round up to the next size if you are between sizes so that you get a longer use out of your student violin before you need to trade it in for a larger size.

Beautiful Inexpensive Violin for Beginners
Beautiful Inexpensive Violin for Beginners

Look at all these violins for beginners!

Remember to size yourself FIRST! You don't want to buy the wrong size off the bat!

Isn't the Violin More Difficult than Other Instruments?

The truth of the matter is that yes, the violin is probably one of the most difficult instruments to learn how to play and master. Unlike a guitar, there are no frets for you to use as a guide to determine where specific notes are located. Also, holding it up near your chin doesn't allow you the full view of the stem as you would like.

However, the benefits far out-weigh the challenges. First of all, the violin is an absolutely beautiful instrument to listen to. So much heart and emotion can be channeled through your instrument and the music that you are playing. Secondly, there are many colleges that offer scholarships for string players. Not all schools offer violin as an option when signing up for beginner music lessons, so consider your son or daughter lucky! They are going to be exposed to a very special instrument that will foster a love of music for a lifetime.

Are you beginning to play the violin? - Did you find what you were looking for?

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      3 years ago

      Hey I want to gift a violin to someone very special my sister plzzzz advise me ...

      cheap, attractive and for beginners? ??

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      3 years ago

      Hi I want a violin.. and u don't know what brand to buy... help

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      Tony Bonura 

      6 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      My niece in the first grade just got a violin. She had asked my sister for one. My sister says that she is doing well with her lessons. This lens was very informative. Thanks for sharing the information.


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      7 years ago

      I agree with poutine. My parents bought my violin for me when I was in elementary school. The violin was cheap cuz it was originally made for renting to schools to use. Now I am playing with an expensive violin.

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      7 years ago

      This is a very informative lens.

      Will help parents a lot on how to chose the first violin for their kids.

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      7 years ago

      This is a very informative lens.

      Will help parents a lot on how to chose the first violin for their kids.

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      8 years ago

      this is a really great lens

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      Tom Fattes 

      8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Thanks for the great information. My 7th grader has been taking violin in school and it's time to make a buy decision. Thanks for the great advice.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

      In my studio, beginning students learn the bow hold quickly and easily using the Bow Hold Buddies[tm] instant bow hold accessory. Their fingers stay relaxed and in place while we learn more music!

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      great job!


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