Violin, Cello, Viola and Double Base Lessons
California Music Studios works with independently established instructors who provide professional violin lessons throughout the Southern California area. Your instructor can boost your confidence and make you excited to learn to play the violin. The violin teachers we work with use refined techniques to make learning easier. The instructors we work with hold violin lessons in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and most of Southern California. They go through a stringent evaluation process and background check, and they often build a personal connection with their students for a more personalized lesson plan.
Some violin teachers also offer lessons in cello, upright double bass, and viola, all of which are closely related to the violin. Unlike guitar, instruments of the violin family require a bow and do not have frets, so it is important for a student to develop an ear for the notes. Violin lessons that advocate the Suzuki method are especially useful for beginners.
Going Classical and Beyond
Violin lessons in San Diego and beyond initially teach you how to bring the warmth out of the instrument through classical music. However, violin music is not limited to the pure harmony and melody of classical music composers, such as Vivaldi, Mozart, or Beethoven. Violin is surprisingly versatile, appearing in everything from jazz to pop music. Vanessa-Mae is an excellent example of a popular modern violinist. If you wish to learn to play the violin, Suzuki violin classes are a great start.
The alternative rock song “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve caused a bit of controversy due to the inclusion of violin samples. Now it is not uncommon to see actual violinists performing in modern musical genres. Miri Ben-Ari, classically trained in violin, is now known as the violinist of hip-hop. The violin is alternately called the fiddle when used in folk, country, bluegrass, or blues. Apparently, in hip-hop, violin is the cool term.
Meeting the Whole Family
The violin family comprises several bowed string instruments, including the viola, cello, and double bass. Fortunately, learning a different instrument from the family is simple when you have the violin basics down. You may prefer the deeper sound of a cello or double bass, in which case you should read about the prodigy cellist Yo Yo Ma. If cello interests you, watch how these two gentlemen perform on cello and flute.
Electric violin is also very exciting. Watch Mark “madfiddler” Knight performing with SID80s with his electric violin. Mark also runs FiddleForum.com, a great forum for traditional or electric instruments of the violin family.
- Why should I play the violin?
- So the violin and the fiddle are the same instrument…?
- Is there an age limit to learning the violin?
The violin is a unique instrument, producing a beautiful noise without hitting keys or strumming chords. Pulling the bow across the strings is satisfying on sonic and kinesthetic levels. The violin also trains your ear, allowing you to listen for pitch and tone with other instruments. It offers an extensive range of sound and style, contributing to all genres, from folk to rock. If you’re Owen Pallet, the violin replaces a whole band.
Yes and no. It really depends on who’s playing, who’s teaching you, and the cultural context. However, even professional violin players will refer to the instrument as a fiddle. There isn’t much difference in the two, though folk fiddlers may take some liberties with position, fittings, and bow movements. That said, there really is no separate “fiddle genre.”
Children should be at least 4 years old when they start to learn violin. Other than that, there is no upper limit. You can learn to play young, as a teen, in middle age, or in retirement. The sky’s the limit!
Impressive clips of some famous violinists:
- Joshua Bell playing:
- Joe Venuti playing:
- Jazzy violin by Regina Carter:
- Emily Wells
- The Le Van Family Musicians