Strings

Violin

The highest register of the string instrument family, the violin produces almost glass like pure tones that almost sing to you, but can also get gritty and rustic. Well known for being a classical instrument for its place in orchestras, the violin has a dual identity as the fiddle. Really the violin and fiddle are all the one in the same, but classical musician tend to use the name violin and bluegrass or rock musicians may use the name fiddle.

Our string instructors will assist beginners on producing the correct pitches while playing, a critical component to playing the violin or any string instruments for that matter. Proper technique and posture are enforced through-out the lessons for students of all levels. String instruments, especially the violin for its size and how it is held, depend on good posture to play well.

Viola

Commonly referred to simply as a larger violin, the viola basically is just that. It looks much like a violin and played the same, but larger in size making deeper tones. The larger size can make it more difficult for some beginners over the violin. Players tend to choose the viola over the violin because the prefer the deeper slightly lower register of the viola over the violin. The viola is commonly used in orchestras or string quartets in conjunction with other string instruments to provide the voicing required of the music or composer.

Due to their similarities, much of the same concepts taught by our instructors on violin carry over to the viola such as good posture and recognition of pitches.

Cello

The cello is mostly utilized in a classical setting whether in an orchestra or string quartet. However, it is also known for virtuoso performances by the amazing cellist Yo-Yo Ma showing that it can be diverse when put in the hands of the ambitious performer.

Our string instructors will show beginning cellist how to play notes to pitch and bowing techniques.

Double Bass

The upright bass or also known as the double bass, is one string instrument that has superseded its popularity as a orchestra staple to being more known or even expected in jazz and bluegrass music. The double bass still serves an important role in orchestras whether from classical music or film scores (everyone’s familiar with the sound of Jaws where the upright bass is featured). Upright bassists typically will traverse genres and may even pick up the electric bass to further diversify their skills. Since there are no frets, many advanced electric bass players may opt to learn the upright bass to gain the skill of improved pitch or bowing.

Our Upright Bass instructors provide a solid curriculum for students of all levels to follow along, gaining musicianship combined with advances techniques along the way no matter which genres they focus on.


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