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Want to start learning violin? Living in Birmingham? Want to be able to play timeless pieces by composers such as Mozart or Paganini? You need some violin lessons in Birmingham! Why not get in contact with one of our professional violin teachers today! Wherever you are in your playing, whatever your specific need for violin lessons in Birmingham - whether violin lessons for the beginner, or violin lessons for the intermediate or advanced player, we can match you with the perfect violin teacher and have you making progress in no time in your violin lessons in Birmingham!
At MusicTutors, we ensure that as you learn to play the violin, all of our violin lessons in Birmingham are taught by teachers with an Enhanced DBS Certificate as well as sharing our vision for a regulated online music tuition platform. Safeguarding and child protection are issues very close to our hearts and we are committed to supplying high quality, safe violin lessons in Birmingham, accessible to all.
Imagine playing Caprice 24 confidently, in front of an audience. You've learnt the piece in your violin lessons in Birmingham and practised at home and taken it to the stage! The audience burst into applause. How great does that feel? Good for your confidence, self-esteem and great motivation to continue to take violin lessons in Birmingham. A performance like this takes many hours of practise and hard work - our violin teachers can help with exactly that. Whether you want violin lessons in Birmingham to learn the basics or you want violin lessons as an advanced player in search of new challenges, one of our expert violin teachers can help you. For children, taking violin lessons in Birmingham is a great idea - it's really good for developing co-ordination, concentration, focus and confidence. What are you waiting for? Message one of our violin tutors today for 50% off the first of your violin lessons in Birmingham!
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Before starting your violin lessons in Birmingham, it's helpful to know a bit about which part does what! Here's a bit of info to get you started...
It's important that you have access to a violin to practise on between violin lessons in Birmingham. We would recommend doing some research and asking your violin teacher in your violin lessons in Birmingham for advice. Buying a violin is very personal, and you need to find one with a sound that you love, but it's also worth considering it as an investment. You can also ask for advice from music shops or dealers, but it's important to remember that they aren't always impartial - they make a profit if they can convince you to buy their products, and there's no guarantee of quality or condition! It can also be helpful to get advice from a luthier who makes and repairs violins - they tend to be very knowledgeable about different makes of violin, what they're worth at certain ages etc. Unlike the market of many instruments, second hand violins can actually be much more expensive and can be better quality. However, don't get caught up in the age of an instrument if you don't know anything about the make or the quality - an old violin isn't necessarily a good violin. Most importantly, when you learn to play the violin, it should be an enjoyable experience. Choosing the right instrument, both for your violin lessons and for practice at home is an important decision not to be rushed or taken lightly!
Here are some shops to look at:
The violin comes in full size, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, and 1/16 sizes. The smaller sizes (3/4 and below) are generally only used for children in violin lessons, and rarely produce the same quality of tone as a bigger violin. 7/8 and full size are both mainly used by adults and children 12 and up who are learning to play the violin, depending on their size. Most adult players choose to play full size violins but some feel more comfortable with a 7/8 size violin. The body length (without neck) of an ordinary violin is about 35 cm. A 3/4 violin is about 33 cm and a 1/2 violin is about 30 cm. Be careful as sizes vary between manufacturers. Size is all about what's comfortable for the player, so find one that works for you. For parents, it's worth considering how much money you spend on a smaller violin for your child - bear in mind that they will grow and you'll likely have to buy a bigger size at some point! Your violin teacher will help recommend a size for your violin lessons in Birmingham.
Aside from a violin and bow, you will need:
When you first start to learn to play the violin and see the fingerboard, with no markings or frets, it can seem overwhelming. How do you know where the notes are? This is something you will soon get used to in your violin lessons. Many violin teachers, when working with beginners, will put a couple of stickers on your fingerboard temporarily, just to help you find your way around. After a few violin lessons in Birmingham you won't need them and will naturally find the notes on your own, both in your violin lessons and even when practicing at home.
When you first start violin lessons in Birmingham, it's really important to be mindful of your technique. Like learning any other instrument, technique is the backbone of everything you do and learn, and it's especially important when you learn to play the violin. In some instruments, technique is mostly there to protect you from injury, it doesn't necessarily effect the sound you're making in a huge way. When you learn to play the violin, this is not the case. Of course, it's still there to protect you from injury, but it also dictates how good your sound is. Good bow technique is vital for successfully using different articulations in your playing, and creating great tone. Likewise, good left hand technique dictates how well your notes sound and how good your intonation is. In your violin lessons in Birmingham, you can expect your violin teacher to give good, clear instruction on the best way to produce good tone as you learn to play the violin.
The best way to learn great violin technique is from great violin lessons in Birmingham, but here are some tips to consider as a starting point when you learn to play the violin:
It's possible to play the violin whilst sitting or standing. For example, if you were doing a solo performance, you would stand, but in ensembles such as string quartets or orchestras, you would most likely be seated. In both cases, and also in your violin lessons or for practice at home, it's very important that you pay great attention to your posture. Sloppy posture can result in aches, pains and over time, more serious conditions such as repetitive strain injury. When you lern to play the violin it feels at first an unnatural position for the body. In your violin lessons, your focus should be on making your posture as natural and relaxed as possible. In order to master the principles of a secure and relaxed posture, it's recommended that you seek the advice of an expert violin teacher and take some violin lessons in Birmingham.
Enhance your awareness of intonation and finger placement by using a daily schedule of etudes, scales and long notes. Your violin teacher will give you a repertoire of such activities, in ever increasing complexity as you learn to play the violin. Such exercises are a vital component of improving your skills as a violinist - both solo and in an ensemble. There are a multitude of great warm-up exercises to improve technique and dexterity in both hands. Worth a special mention are Ševčík's violin studies, which focus on the right and left hand individually. These can especially help to increase the strength of the fingers, so fast play and double stops become more achievable in your violin lessons in Birmingham.
Depending on what genre you choose to pursue, reading music can be a vital part of your playing - and even if you choose to pursue a genre in which you don't use sheet music, it's still a great skill to have! Your violin teacher will most likely cover reading music with you in your violin lessons in Birmingham, but here are a couple of useful points to get you started:
The set of five lines on sheet music is called the stave. Music always begins with a clef - this is important as it dictates what the different lines and spaces in the stave mean. The violin uses treble clef, so let's concentrate on that!
In the treble clef, the lines from bottom to top are:
Again, you might find it helpful to make up a rhyme to remember this. A commonly used one is:
The spaces between the lines represent another set of notes. From bottom to top they are:
You can remember this one as it spells "face"!
Eventually, when you look at a piece of music, you will be able to hear the melody in your head, and play it straight away! This takes a lot of practice and ear training but it's super rewarding!
Playing in time an essential skill for any musician. Although very difficult when you first start to learn to play the violin, if we start at the earlier stages of our playing it will save hours of frustration in our violin lessons in the future. To do this, we practice in time with a metronome, a device that makes infinite audible clicks. These clicks each represent one beat in the bar. So for one bar of 4/4, we set the metronome at an appropriate tempo (best to start slow and build up!) and count with each beat. Once you’ve internalised this from counting along, you can start to play along with the metronome. One good tip is for your violin teacher to play alongside or count with you in your violin lessons in Birmingham before taking this away and practicing at home on your own.
Being one of the biggest cities in the country, it is no surprise that Birmingham has had and still has a thriving music scene. Several famous bands have come out of the city such as Electric Light Orchestra, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Moody Blues, UB40 just to name a few. Birmingham also boasts many different music venues, some of which are small and some of which hold several thousand people. With venues like Resorts World Arena, Arena Birmingham, O2 Academy, The Institute, and Hare & Hounds, among many others, Birmingham has got the music scene covered. If you're dreaming of performing here, MusicTutors.co.uk can help! We are here to help you further your playing and no matter your level we have the teacher for you.
At MusicTutors, we love helping connect students with their perfect tutor. If you have any questions about violin lessons in Birmingham, don't hesitate to get in touch. The office team are all professional musicians and educators and we love giving great service. Simply call 07946125613 or send us a mail to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!
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