Recently I was asked how to get started playing the violin. The response will be helpful to others interested in violin, so I have included it here:
That is wonderful that you want to play the violin! Go for it! If you have the love for the instrument, a good instructor, and a consistent and healthy practice schedule, you will go far as a violinist.
If you are interested in a student violin to start with, Southwest Strings (www.swstrings.com) has good student instruments with clear sounds. In the past I’ve referred many students to them.
Another option, if you want to hear the sound first, is to go to a reputable violin shop in your area and ask to try out instruments in your price range or have someone play them for you. A good way to find such a shop is to ask the violin professor from a good university. This is also a great way to find a teacher. Make sure you find an encouraging teacher who is also a wonderful professional musician.
To start learning to play the instrument, you can purchase my violin method book entitled “Discovering Violin” published by Santorella Publications. You can find it on Amazon. It has a practice CD and detailed information on technique and reading notation.
Please let me know if you have any more questions! Best wishes for your violin playing!