Practical knowledge

All what you need to know about acoustic and electric violins, from tuning your violin to cleaning it. Learn also specific violin skills.

Why do you need to adapt your classical violin bowing technique when playing an electric violin?

Violinists often think that classical violin techniques can all be applied on an electric violin and to other music styles such as jazz. Unfortunately, some playing techniques will work just fine, but others will definitely not. You must learn to adapt them to the style of music and the instrument you are playing.

Which bow should you choose for your instrument?

How to choose your first bow? What are the main characteristics you should consider when buying a bow? What separates a good bow from a bad one? Here are some basic things you should understand and analyze before choosing a bow.

The violin and its cousins

The violin is a bowed string instrument. Both its origins and its inventor are quite controversial. It was inspired by several instruments, then inspired inventors and luthiers who came up with new instruments such as the Stroh violin, the Chanot violin and even the electric violin. Let’s explore the violin and its ‘cousin’ musical instruments as well as their origins.

Why do the mandolin and the violin go so well together?

Many violinists play mandolin. Do you know all subtleties between these 2 music instruments?

What stage monitor is best for a musician?

When performing on stage, musicians and singers need to hear themselves play and/or sing to be able to sound as a unit. Without a monitor, it is impossible for them to play in tune and in rhythm, which will significantly compromise their performance. What stage monitor is best for a musician?

Strum Bowing (or How to Groove with a Bow)

Bow-users! Let’s finally start focusing on rhythm! More than rhythm actually, let’s learn to groove! When you think of groove, what comes to mind? You probably think of those funky…

What kind of strings are appropriate for an electric violin?

Do the sensations of playing with your electric violin seem to be not as good as before? Perhaps it is because the strings of your electric violin are worn out and it is now time to change them. What are the most suitable strings for an electric violin?

What are the differences between a violin and a viola?

The violin and viola are both part of the bowed string instrument family, along with the cello and the double bass. They have few similarities. But, in fact, they are really different in terms of size, weight, playing style, sound and more.