Violin Lessons: A Guide for New Students

Gotcha!

We see that big bright sparkle in your eyes. It’s unmistakable. You’ve got a VIOLIN CRAVING the size of an elephant and it’s written all over your face. You need a cure. And fast.

Careful now. We’re about to knock your socks off.

Here goes:

VIOLIN LESSONS.

OH! YEAH! We knew mushing those two little words together would get your heart palpitating. The rosin is so close, you could almost taste it. But don’t. It’s a non-food substance. Though we did have a student eat some once.

From the looks of it, you’ve got a classic case of violin fever. Not to worry though. It’s a common condition and in fact, just about everyone we know has it. The Valenches children still can’t grasp that people do exist who don’t play the violin, or at least the cello.

Violin Lessons: Your Spectacular Experience

“Please tell Fritz again how absolutely thrilled we are with how Sarah is doing. She is doing stuff that just astounds me! What amazes me is how she will be practicing a hard section and all of a sudden let out a scream of delight when she gets a passage or note right! Or she will say “Oh Dad…I just LOVE that NOTE!” And I am stumped on the question: Can this be from MY daughter – at 10 years old? It took me until college before I did things like that! I can just see how every day she is breaking new ground in her music making and I just am SO enjoying the ride just helping her out a little. She absolutely THRILLS when Fritz tells her she did a good job at a lesson. She gets SO happy and motivated!” - Kris Bjornstad, father of Sarah

“Please tell Fritz again how absolutely thrilled we are with how Sarah is doing. She is doing stuff that just astounds me! What amazes me is how she will be practicing a hard section and all of a sudden let out a scream of delight when she gets a passage or note right! Or she will say “Oh Dad…I just LOVE that NOTE!” And I am stumped on the question: Can this be from MY daughter – at 10 years old? It took me until college before I did things like that! I can just see how every day she is breaking new ground in her music making and I just am SO enjoying the ride just helping her out a little. She absolutely THRILLS when Fritz tells her she did a good job at a lesson. She gets SO happy and motivated!”
– Kris Bjornstad, father of Sarah, Scranton

If your heart is set on learning the violin, then you deserve a spectacular experience.

You could get a violin. Call a teacher. And dive into lessons head first. There’s a possibility that everything will fall into place. But then again, there’s also a possibility that it won’t.

Or, if you want to get the most from your experience — and why shouldn’t you? you ARE investing your valuable time and money — you could spend a few minutes here.

We’ve taught hundreds of students to play the violin, so we just happen to know a thing or two about getting started. 😉

Guesswork? No, thank you!

See, we don’t know a thing about skydiving. Or sculpting. Or ice fishing.

We’d be at a total loss pursuing any of those areas, which, for us, means trial and error, frustration, and —  gulp — money down the drain. The truth is, when jumping into any new area, learning the ropes is a shot in the dark. No one likes guesswork, especially when time and money are at stake. Reliable advice, the kind that’s backed by years of experience, is worth its weight in gold when you’re in need of direction.

The good news is, a little guidance goes a long way. And that’s just what we’re here for. To guide your next step. NOT for skydiving though.

You could be missing out on more than you think…

Taking on the violin is a complicated endeavor. Heck, not just any instrument makes the cut for the 11 Worst Sounds in the World list. But before you bite into lessons and end up with a bitter taste in your mouth, we’re here to serve you a wholesome slice of ‘heads up’.

There’s a whole lot that goes into both learning and teaching the violin. Even if you’re satisfied with your current situation, you could be missing out on some great things and you wouldn’t even know it — because how would you?

A violin jam session with the 7 & under crowd in Scranton.

A violin jam session with the 7 & under crowd in Scranton.

Let’s compare, shall we?

See, it’s like this. Let’s pretend you’ve never eaten chocolate before (and if you haven’t, that makes us very nervous). We could give you a piece of brown wax, douse it in artificial chocolate flavoring, and tell you it’s chocolate. Chances are, you’d be at least satisfied with the wax impostor. It doesn’t taste completely terrible, and so what if it’s a little chewier than expected? Lots of people love chocolate so this must be what it’s all about, right?

Or…

We could give you a piece of rich, creamy milk chocolate, made with pure organic ingredients and real vanilla. (Side Note: If you haven’t had Green & Black’s, then you haven’t lived). Just one bite will have your taste buds dancing to Bach in sheer delight. Without a doubt, the luxurious, real chocolate puts the brown block of wax to shame, but if you’ve only ever tasted the wax block, then how would you know the difference?

[Aha! moment]

Introducing VIOLIN LESSONS: A Guide for New Students

This is what we call a YOUNG VIOLIN ADDICTION! Here's Cruz, age 4, cramming in some last minute practicing.

This is what we call a YOUNG VIOLIN ADDICTION! Here’s Cruz, age 4, cramming in some last minute practicing.

Nobody should resign to eating brown wax. We’re here to separate the 100% pure chocolate from its waxy impostors. Because YOU DESERVE IT. Except we’re not specialists in chocolate. Just the violin.

Having said that…

We’ve drawn on a lifetime of teaching and playing experience to put together our most useful do’s and don’ts for starting violin lessons.  We’re bringing them to you in our Valenches Music Co. 4-part series: VIOLIN LESSONS: A Guide for New Students. 

We’ll take an in-depth look at these 4 important issues to consider when beginning violin lessons for the first time:

  1. Making a commitment
  2. Getting the right violin teacher
  3. Private vs. Group Lessons
  4. Getting a violin

* By the way, this list has been strategically crafted just for you in order of proper procedure. So whatever you do, DON’T RUN OUT AND BUY A VIOLIN FIRST! Trust us. It’s for your own protection.

Let the addiction begin!

We’re passionate about playing the violin, and we want you to be too! Our goal is to rescue you from the icky brown wax and make your learning experience as smooth as velvety, rich chocolate.

Stay tuned for Part 1 of this series: Making a Commitment (and for the love of Mozart, go grab yourself a piece of chocolate already — you know you want to.) 🙂

Got a question you’d like us to answer right now? We’re all ears!