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Music Lessons on String Instruments

We offer lessons on string instruments including the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Students will start with the basics of their chosen instrument such as proper tone production, hand position, finger placement, and bow hold. Intermediate and advanced students will further advance their studies through both technical studies and while learning significant repertoire within a variety of styles and genres. Teachers use a variety of methods including parts of the suzuki method to best meet the needs of their students.All of our lessons include instruction on music theory, notation, and rhythm while students explore classical music, popular music, and jazz!

About the Violin

The violin, also known informally as a fiddle, is a wooden in the string family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use. The violin has four strings tuned in perfect fifths, and is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings, though it can also be played by plucking the strings with the fingers (pizzicato). Violins are important instruments in a wide variety of musical genres. They are most prominent in the Western classical tradition and in many varieties of folk music. They are also frequently used in genres of folk including country music and bluegrass music and in jazz. Electric violins are used in some forms of rock music and jazz; further, the violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures, including Indian music and Iranian music. The name fiddle is often used in reference to folk music, particularly Irish traditional music and bluegrass, but this nickname is also used regardless of the type of music played on it.

About the Viola

The viola dates from the same time as the violin, coming into existence in the early to middle 16th century. The viola is slightly bigger than the violin and even though the viola and violin can play many of the same notes, they each have a special sound quality. Sometimes people describe the viola’s sound as more “dark”, “earthy”, or “mellow” than the violin’s sound. The viola plays notes that are lower in pitch and often fills in harmonies in an orchestra by blending the string sections together and giving body to the orchestra as a whole.

About the Cello

The cello (pronounced like ‘chello”) is the second largest member of the string family. Like the other string instruments, sound is produced by drawing a bow across the strings or by plucking the strings. Like other string instruments the cello comes in just two pieces, the instrument and the bow. The bow uses horsehair or a synthetic material to vibrate the strings as it is drawn over the instrument. The cello is played in an upright position with the left hand resting on the back of the neck and the right either plucks the strings or holds the bow. The cello is still used in many styles of music throughout the world. It is well known for its use in symphony orchestras and occasionally performs in popular music groups as well.

About the Bass (Double Bass)

The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra.The origin of the name of the double bass stems from the fact that its initial function was to double the bass line of large ensembles.This hefty instrument has several nicknames including contrabass, string bass, bass, bass viol, bass fiddle, or bull fiddle.The double bass can be played using two different types of bows. The French or ‘Bottesini’ bow resembles a cello bow but is shorter and heavier. The second type is the German ‘Simandl’ or ‘Butler’ bow. It is commonly used in jazz, dance music, popular music, and folk music. Military and concert bands across the globe use it. In the orchestra, the double bass supplies power, weight, and the basic rhythmic foundation.

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