Here are the things you’ll need to have success at lessons with me:
Book – I base my beginners’ curriculum on the work of Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the ubiquitous “Suzuki Method,” so you’ll need Suzuki Book 1. You won’t need a copy with a CD because all the songs are on the internet.
Violin and Bow – If you’ve pulled your instrument out of a closet, you’ll want a luthier to take a look at it. The bow should have new or recently replaced horsehair. The most comprehensive bowed-instrument store is Burlington Violin Shop, located on Church Street.
Rosin & Cloth – Violin rosin is a specific substance and it’s not expensive, so pick some up. You put it on the hair of the bow to make it sticky. You’ll need a soft clean cloth to take rosin off your violin when it accumulates.
Notebook – Every week, I’ll praise your efforts and give you assignments to make you a better violin player. You can write notes to or draw pictures for me if you’d like.
Music stand – It’s important that you can easily look at written music at eye level while standing up so an adjustable music stand is a must-have.
Tuner – There are apps for smartphones or you can get a digital tuner. If you’re lucky, you can use a piano.
A couple helpful non-essential items…
Mute – Mutes are placed on the bridge and allow you to be soft even when you are playing loud. Although you will put it on your violin, your neighbors, roommates and family members are the primary beneficiaries of the mute. Earplugs are an optional replacement for a mute if you have an ornery family member.
Metronome – These are useful in keeping the beat when you are playing. They are loved and hated by musicians because (+) they really help you learn, and (-) they provide objective proof that you don’t know the music as well as you thought you did.
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