Violin | Cello | Viola | Double Bass Lessons
Violin lessons for kids or adults of all ages in Southern California. California Music Studios contracts with independently established instructors who love giving violin lessons.
Feel confident and excited to learn how to play violin with the help of CMS. Violin teachers use refined techniques to make learning easier.
Some instructors offer lessons in cello, upright double bass, and viola as well, since the instruments are related to the violin.
Unlike guitar, instruments of the violin family do not have frets, so it is important for a student to develop an ear for the notes. The Suzuki method is especially useful for young beginners.
Have violin lessons, give the warmth of classical violin! However, violin music is not limited to the pure harmony and melody of classical music composers such as Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, etc. Violin is versatile, appearing in jazz as well as pop music with Vanessa-Mae being a very popular modern violinist. If you wish to learn violin, Suzuki violin classes are a good start.
The alternative rock song “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve caused controversy due to the use of violin samples. Now it is not uncommon to see actual violinists performing in modern musical genres. Another example is Miri Ben-Ari, she is classically trained in violin, yet now she is the violinist of hip-hop, view a clip of Miri Ben-Ari. When violins are used in musical genres such as folk music, country, bluegrass, or blues, then the violin is usually called a fiddle. Apparently in hip-hop, violin is the cool term.
If you prefer the deeper sound of a cello or double bass, then ask about those lessons. You may wish to read about the prodigy cellist Yo Yo Ma. If cello interests you, watch how this guy plays in this video clip: two guys performing on cello & flute.
Electrified violin is also very exciting. Here is an impressive video clip of a guy in the UK playing an electric violin in a rock band: Mark “madfiddler” Knight performing with SID80s. Mark also runs a great forum for traditional or electric instruments of the violin family: FiddleForum.com
Impressive clips of some famous violinists
- “Ave Maria” on violin by Joshua Bell.
- Joe Venuti playing “Sweet Georgia Brown”.
- Jazzy violin by Regina Carter on “Lady Be Good”.
Here is another cool clip from YouTube:
Emily Wells – looping her violin & overlaying her vocals.