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133 pages

Mel Bay Presents Beginner Violin Theory for Children

Creator: Melanie Smith | 2006-02-28

The final section of Book 2 focuses on musical terms and includes a comprehensive review of all instructional concepts covered in the book.

About this book
Book 2 in the Melanie Smith violin theory series introduces students to new music and theory concepts which are fundamental in developing a deeper understanding of the violin. Book 2 will begin by covering the theory involving the ranges of notes for the violin and then moves into specific theory concepts such as note and rest values and time signatures. The final section of Book 2 focuses on musical terms and includes a comprehensive review of all instructional concepts covered in the book.



384 pages

Violin

Creator: Anne Rice | 1999-09-07

The demonic ghost of a Russian aristocrat uses his magic violin to enchant the exquisite Triana and transport her to a terrifying realm where they join a battle of wills, in an evocative tale of seduction. Reprint.

Publisher: Ballantine Books


Beginner Violin Theory for Children

Creator: Melanie Smith |

This book is designed as a workbook to teach theory specifically relevant to the violin at a level that is attainable and challenging, yet fun for young children.

About this book
This book is designed as a workbook to teach theory specifically relevant to the violin at a level that is attainable and challenging, yet fun for young children. It is intended to build confidence and solidify the relationship between theory and playing. Children will enjoy the drawing and coloring activities in the book, while developing the fundamentals of violin theory at the same time. The book can be used to teach beginners the basics of theory, or even to refresh musicians who might need a small review of violin theory. No matter who uses this book, it will give a strong foundation to violin theory, and through this understanding will foster a greater love of playing. Concepts covered in this book include: learning the parts of the violin; learning about line and space notes; learning musical symbols; and how to draw music.


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  • Cecilio Musical Instruments

    Mendini 4/4 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin and Extra Strings (Full Size)

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    Rating (0 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
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    Much better than I expected

    I wrote this review for the person who knows nothing about violins at all:This violin is of much higher quality than I ever imagined. It is not, of course, even a good violin by professional standards, but it is a very solid beginner's instrument. I bought it for myself, though I am not a violinist, but I have been playing guitar, bass, and keys for more than six years, and I have played violins before. My ex-girlfriend lent me her first violin when we were dating, and it was really, really horrible. This one is pretty close to her current violin, which was a pretty decent student model. I did a lot of research before buying this one, and I'm really glad I did. It is rated highly by violin teachers and other violinists, but very lowly by people who have no idea what they are talking about. I have read that a lot of violins under $100 don't even have a sound post, which is a crucial part of the violin and absolutely cannot be discarded. You're almost better off with a... 5/5 Zachary Buser - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Mendini 4/4 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin and Extra Strings (Full Size) (Electronics) I wrote this review for the person who knows nothing about violins at all:This violin is of much higher quality than I ever imagined. It is not, of course, even a good violin by professional standards, but it is a very solid beginner's instrument. I bought it for myself, though I am not a violinist, but I have been playing guitar, bass, and keys for more than six years, and I have played violins before. My ex-girlfriend lent me her first violin when we were dating, and it was really, really horrible. This one is pretty close to her current violin, which was a pretty decent student model. I did a lot of research before buying this one, and I'm really glad I did. It is rated highly by violin teachers and other violinists, but very lowly by people who have no idea what they are talking about. I have read that a lot of violins under $100 don't even have a sound post, which is a crucial part of the violin and absolutely cannot be discarded. You're almost better off with a... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 27, 2011

    Review done by a music teacher

    This violin--to be honest is very cheap. Not just in cost but in quality.BUT overall, not too horrible. Especially if you don't have an option on renting one, or if you don't mind buying one to have.It isn't perfect, but there are some decent qualities about it. I'm very persnickety about instruments, my woodwind instruments cost well into and beyond thousands of dollars range, even my beginning ones.This little guy, for what I want it for--learning the basics (fingering, bowing, proper care) is PERFECT for anyone.Here are my notes about this violin:1. The appearance of the violin is alright. It isn't anything special. In fact, it looks as if paper has been placed over the wood frame, and painted to look like it has groves, or actual wood designs.2. The bow is acceptable, it works well enough for a beginner (young and old). It takes some effort getting the strands to be tight enough. I had to do a lot of pushing in and... 4/5 Carole - See all my reviews This review is from: Mendini 4/4 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin and Extra Strings (Full Size) (Electronics) This violin--to be honest is very cheap. Not just in cost but in quality.BUT overall, not too horrible. Especially if you don't have an option on renting one, or if you don't mind buying one to have.It isn't perfect, but there are some decent qualities about it. I'm very persnickety about instruments, my woodwind instruments cost well into and beyond thousands of dollars range, even my beginning ones.This little guy, for what I want it for--learning the basics (fingering, bowing, proper care) is PERFECT for anyone.Here are my notes about this violin:1. The appearance of the violin is alright. It isn't anything special. In fact, it looks as if paper has been placed over the wood frame, and painted to look like it has groves, or actual wood designs.2. The bow is acceptable, it works well enough for a beginner (young and old). It takes some effort getting the strands to be tight enough. I had to do a lot of pushing in and... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 14, 2012

    Great quality/price ratio!

    0 5/5 Captain Cadabra - See all my reviews This review is from: Mendini 4/4 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin and Extra Strings (Full Size) (Electronics) Great violin? No. As nice as the ones the music stores rent for $25 a month, yes. Comes with tons of accessories that would cost you $30-40.As a violin teacher, I like to have these on hand for cheap entry level instruments, or rent for $10/month. That way a student doesn't have to get into a year contract at a local music store if they aren't sure if they want to stick with it or not.A great way to get started on the violin for VERY little money. After owning this violin for a year or so, the student can decide to invest in a nicer one, and pass this along to a sibling/friend/Craigslist.Only disclaimer is: make sure you have someone who can setup a violin for you (the case with all violins, regardless of quality). They are NOT instruments that can be played right out of the box, and if you have a store do this for you, it's probably a $30-45 fee. Find a violin playing friend that will do it for free for you :) 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2011
    List Price: $199.99
    Size 4/4 (Full Size) satin antique violin
    1 Year Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
    Maple fingerboard, pegs, and chin rest with an alloy tailpiece with four integrated fine tuners
    Includes: lightweight hard case, a Brazilwood bow with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, rosin, adjustable shoulder rest, two bridges, and an extra set of strings
    Hand-carved solid spruce top with maple back & sides


  • Hal Leonard

    Essential Elements for Strings: Book 1 with EEi (Violin)

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    Rating (374 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
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    Excellent for Adult Beginner!

    0 5/5 Suzanne Langlois (Georgia) - See all my reviews, September 18, 2006

    Well thought out series.

    "For a real violin study, go with Suzuki." While that might work for a child that is ages 3-4 in a one-on-one or small group setting (which is what the Suzuki Method was intended for), it does not work well in large group learning situation for kids who are twice that age, beginning instruments in fourth and fifth grade. And to be honest, almost everything in the Suzuki method *IS* an arrangement of an original work (like the Bach Bouree from the cello suites set for violin), chosen because even in their simplified form they help teach the fundamental concepts.This is my third year using EE2000 in my school program. I usually have between 30-40 students at each grade level in the orchestra. The books and their accompanying CD/DVD work really well and are of the appropriate complexity for the students ages nine through eleven. As a private instructor myself, I recommend to all my students to seek outside instruction, but EE2000 provides a good balance of technical... 5/5 Gene Wie (Irvine, CA USA) - See all my reviews, September 27, 2007

    excellent violin method

    0 5/5 P. Meyer (Israel) - See all my reviews, March 11, 2005
    List Price: $9.99


  • Crescent

    Crescent 4/4 Full Size Student Violin Starter Kit (Includes CrescentTM Digital E-Tuner)

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    Rating (638 reviews):
    (3.4/5)
    Crescent

    Go Violin!

    I ordered this violin on a Sunday evening and recieved it the following Saturday at 9am with the cheapest shipping.This is, well, a cheap violin. You're looking at it because you're interested in getting a cheap violin. Why? I thought of the following:Decor, prop, for a child, to find out if you hate or have an unknown untapped talent for the violin, you think it will be fun, but don't want to spend a lot of cash on a whim.I'm kind of the last two, and I don't have piles of cash lying around. So I figured I can afford that, if I hate it then hey at least it would look pretty in a room of my house somewhere.So yeah, it arrived timely. The case... is cheap. There's like some glue on the felt in spots, wooden debris, the outer material feels a bit flimsy, but it's a case, and it will suffice. It actually looks soft-sided but it's firm. I kinda like it. My interior was red, not the tan.Setting up the bridge is really easy. I'm... 4/5 Robyn (MN, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I ordered this violin on a Sunday evening and recieved it the following Saturday at 9am with the cheapest shipping.This is, well, a cheap violin. You're looking at it because you're interested in getting a cheap violin. Why? I thought of the following:Decor, prop, for a child, to find out if you hate or have an unknown untapped talent for the violin, you think it will be fun, but don't want to spend a lot of cash on a whim.I'm kind of the last two, and I don't have piles of cash lying around. So I figured I can afford that, if I hate it then hey at least it would look pretty in a room of my house somewhere.So yeah, it arrived timely. The case... is cheap. There's like some glue on the felt in spots, wooden debris, the outer material feels a bit flimsy, but it's a case, and it will suffice. It actually looks soft-sided but it's firm. I kinda like it. My interior was red, not the tan.Setting up the bridge is really easy. I'm... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 18, 2006

    Learn a new skill for $40!

    I received my violin on Tuesday, September 17. I'm writing this review after owning and playing it for one week now. This has been my experience with the violin so far.The day I received the violin, I was unable to set it up because the tailcord that holds the tailpiece to the end pin of the violin kept loosening and eventually one of the little nuts that grip on to the tailcord to hold the tailpiece together came off. I found out on youtube that you can burn the end pieces of the tailcord so that the nut can get a good grip and keep it from coming off. I had to do that three times because every time I would set it up and tune it, the tailcord would snap after a couple hours of practicing. Finally the last time I did it, I burned the end piece a little further down before tightening the nut on the tailcord, my idea was that this would make it harder for the nut to slip, and since then the violin has stayed in tune and had no problems practicing.Why 5 stars... 5/5 givemeacent - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Crescent 4/4 Full Size Student Violin Starter Kit (Includes CrescentTM Digital E-Tuner) (Electronics) I received my violin on Tuesday, September 17. I'm writing this review after owning and playing it for one week now. This has been my experience with the violin so far.The day I received the violin, I was unable to set it up because the tailcord that holds the tailpiece to the end pin of the violin kept loosening and eventually one of the little nuts that grip on to the tailcord to hold the tailpiece together came off. I found out on youtube that you can burn the end pieces of the tailcord so that the nut can get a good grip and keep it from coming off. I had to do that three times because every time I would set it up and tune it, the tailcord would snap after a couple hours of practicing. Finally the last time I did it, I burned the end piece a little further down before tightening the nut on the tailcord, my idea was that this would make it harder for the nut to slip, and since then the violin has stayed in tune and had no problems practicing.Why 5 stars... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 24, 2013

    If you're even slightly interested, read this.

    So I'm going to be very critical and explain everything on my account of this violin.First and foremost, this violin can't hold a tune. Obviously, it's brand new! For anyone who knows anything about stringed instruments, new strings take a week to two weeks of gently playing with and tuning the strings so that they stretch and can hold a tune. So, disregard anything someone says about it not holding a tune, they must be really new.So the violin. It seems like a solid instrument. The coloring is cute, and it has a tiny bit of weight (its incredibly light). You need to attach the bridge yourself, which is very easy with the instructions that they give you. This is so that the bridge or strings don't break during shipping. Makes a very nice sound.The bow. The bow is a very nice one, smooth and solid. The horsehair can be tightened and loosened by a bolt at the end of the frog for easier storage. It makes a nice sound when rosined and is easy to... 4/5 Reagan Kaiser - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Crescent 4/4 Full Size Student Violin Starter Kit (Includes CrescentTM Digital E-Tuner) (Electronics) So I'm going to be very critical and explain everything on my account of this violin.First and foremost, this violin can't hold a tune. Obviously, it's brand new! For anyone who knows anything about stringed instruments, new strings take a week to two weeks of gently playing with and tuning the strings so that they stretch and can hold a tune. So, disregard anything someone says about it not holding a tune, they must be really new.So the violin. It seems like a solid instrument. The coloring is cute, and it has a tiny bit of weight (its incredibly light). You need to attach the bridge yourself, which is very easy with the instructions that they give you. This is so that the bridge or strings don't break during shipping. Makes a very nice sound.The bow. The bow is a very nice one, smooth and solid. The horsehair can be tightened and loosened by a bolt at the end of the frog for easier storage. It makes a nice sound when rosined and is easy to... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 2, 2014
    List Price: $129.99
    Maple back and sides with solid spruce top
    Alloy tailpiece with 4 fine tuners
    Perfect for the Beginner Violin Player or anyone interested in starting the Violin
    Full size 4/4 violin
    Includes bow, rosin, carry case (interior case color may vary), Crescent Digital E-tuner (E-tuner color may vary)


  • Cecilio Musical Instruments

    Cecilio 4/4 CVN-200 Rosewood Fitted Solid Wood Violin

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    Rating (100 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Cecilio Musical Instruments

    After four weeks of playing, EXCELLENT beginning violin

    This will be a moderately comprehensive review of Cecilio CVN-200 violinFirst of all my knowledge of violins is limited but I'm learning everyday. I do have a music background playing trumpet in school and piano at home with some compositions on the side. I've always wanted to learn violin and finally decided to try. 100 bucks for a violin, does it even work?I received this instrument four weeks ago and am extremely happy with it.The outfit for this is great for the price. You get everything you need to start playing and more, ie. TWO bows, TWO sets of strings, an extra bridge, a case, a shoulder rest, a simple tuner, and a cake of rosin.All of these are essential for playing the violin and you get them all. Also, the bow and strings are very delicate parts so having two in case one breaks is a huge plus for a newbie. The violin itself also comes with four micro tuners (at the bottom end of the strings) rather than just one on the e... 5/5 Cbui (Phoenix, AZ) - See all my reviews This review is from: Cecilio 4/4 CVN-200 Rosewood Fitted Solid Wood Violin (Electronics) This will be a moderately comprehensive review of Cecilio CVN-200 violinFirst of all my knowledge of violins is limited but I'm learning everyday. I do have a music background playing trumpet in school and piano at home with some compositions on the side. I've always wanted to learn violin and finally decided to try. 100 bucks for a violin, does it even work?I received this instrument four weeks ago and am extremely happy with it.The outfit for this is great for the price. You get everything you need to start playing and more, ie. TWO bows, TWO sets of strings, an extra bridge, a case, a shoulder rest, a simple tuner, and a cake of rosin.All of these are essential for playing the violin and you get them all. Also, the bow and strings are very delicate parts so having two in case one breaks is a huge plus for a newbie. The violin itself also comes with four micro tuners (at the bottom end of the strings) rather than just one on the e... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 27, 2008

    For the price, it's great!

    I bought this violin and a CVN-100 1/10 size for my four year old son. He loves the CVN-100, and I love the CVN-200. Please remember that most instruments need a "breaking in" period. Get some peg drops and that will help with the tuning pegs.The thing that I like about this violin is it's tone. A nice beautiful sound. I'm sure that upgrading the strings would also boost it's tone, but for right now, I'm happy. The thing that is nice about this violin, aside from the great price, and tone, is the fact that I don't have to worry about my four year old son breaking a $500+ violin. Because I've been able to be so relaxed, my son has taken full responsibility for his violin. He treats it carefully, wipes it down, and really takes pride in what he has learned in his lessons. It's been a wonderful, low stress way of introducing music, and instilling self-confidence in my little boy. Thanks Cecilio.Know that if you get this violin, you need to learn how to install the... 5/5 Amazon Customer #367845 (UT, USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Cecilio 4/4 CVN-200 Rosewood Fitted Solid Wood Violin (Electronics) I bought this violin and a CVN-100 1/10 size for my four year old son. He loves the CVN-100, and I love the CVN-200. Please remember that most instruments need a "breaking in" period. Get some peg drops and that will help with the tuning pegs.The thing that I like about this violin is it's tone. A nice beautiful sound. I'm sure that upgrading the strings would also boost it's tone, but for right now, I'm happy. The thing that is nice about this violin, aside from the great price, and tone, is the fact that I don't have to worry about my four year old son breaking a $500+ violin. Because I've been able to be so relaxed, my son has taken full responsibility for his violin. He treats it carefully, wipes it down, and really takes pride in what he has learned in his lessons. It's been a wonderful, low stress way of introducing music, and instilling self-confidence in my little boy. Thanks Cecilio.Know that if you get this violin, you need to learn how to install the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 16, 2006

    Cecilio CVN-200 Violin is great for the money

    0 5/5 Kelly J (Indiana) - See all my reviews This review is from: Cecilio 4/4 CVN-200 Rosewood Fitted Solid Wood Violin (Electronics) I recently purchased this violin and love it! Both my local music store, and my new teacher looked it over and thought I got a great deal. Being a beginner, I really have no idea if it truly sounds good or not. But, my teacher (who has been playing violin half his life) said it really does have nice sound! So, I would recommend it as a good beginner's violin. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 4, 2007
    List Price: $239.99
    Price: $228.59
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    Natural Color Rosewood Pegs, Chin Rest, Tailpiece and Fingerboard
    Hand-Carved Solid Maple Back & Sides
    Includes Extra Set of Strings, Rosin, Bridge and more
    One Year Warranty
    Rosewood Tailpiece With 4 Fine Nickel Plated Tuners


  • YR-Seasons

    New Violin Starter Kit 4/4 Full Size Student Violin With Bow, Rosin, Case, (Violin for beginners,violin for kids,violin for children,violin for adults) - Natural Colour

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    Rating (16 reviews):
    (2.8/5)
    YR-Seasons

    It sounds very good. The case for it is a good strong

    0 5/5 Jacinda Rilla Wright (Shawnee, OK United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: New Violin Starter Kit 4/4 Full Size Student Violin With Bow, Rosin, Case, (Violin for beginners,violin for kids,violin for children,violin for adults) - Natural Colour ,It is a little more lightweight then I thought it would be. But then, I don't know much about violin's. It works. It sounds very good. The case for it is a good strong, durable one. It even has straps so you can carry it or put it on like a backpack. The first string on it did break after a few times of trying to play it, but that could have been my fault. If you are looking for a good, cheap starter violin, I would recommend this one. 0, May 15, 2015

    What even??

    0 1/5 Kailyn (Earth) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: New Violin Starter Kit 4/4 Full Size Student Violin With Bow, Rosin, Case, (Violin for beginners,violin for kids,violin for children,violin for adults) - Natural Colour Now, I'm not a professional violinist, but I bought this for my boyfriend while he's deployed as a welcome home gift and because he wants to play. And I understand it's a starter kit so I can't expect much, but when I opened the case it was in pieces, basically! It looked poorly packed. Three strings were in tact but the other one must have been broken! I tried putting it back, and when my aunt went to tune it, the string broke. When we tried sliding the "horse hair" bow against the strings, a few strands of the horse hair snapped.Im disappointed in this. I know it's starter but I could order a toy in better condition. Be expecting this back in a few weeks, thank you. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 3, 2015

    ... child or grandchild to the violin this is an excellent kit. Completely satisfied

    0 4/5 Dana Chappell - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: New Violin Starter Kit 4/4 Full Size Student Violin With Bow, Rosin, Case, (Violin for beginners,violin for kids,violin for children,violin for adults) - Natural Colour If you want to introduce your child or grandchild to the violin this is an excellent kit. Completely satisfied. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 29, 2015
    List Price: $89.99
    The bow is made from ebony and white horse tail.
    This set includes violin, case, bow and rosin.
    4/4 full size.
    The head, back and sides of violin are made from composite wood.
    The fingerboard, tailpiece, pegs, and chin rest are made from plastic.


  • Hal Leonard

    Play Violin Today! Beginner's Pack: Level 1 Book/CD/DVD Pack (Play Today!: Level One)

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    Rating (12 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Hal Leonard

    Very fun and informative!

    0 5/5 Emily Robins Whiting - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Play Violin Today! Beginner's Pack: Level 1 Book/CD/DVD Pack (Play Today!: Level One) (Paperback) Give the basics. DVD and CD are fun as good learning tools. I highly recommend this beginner pack! Thank you! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 28, 2014

    Excellent book.

    0 5/5 CICERO PEREIRA NETO - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Play Violin Today! Beginner's Pack: Level 1 Book/CD/DVD Pack (Play Today!: Level One) (Paperback) Excellent book. I recommend it for every student who wants to learn how to play violin. The DVD has excellent classes. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 14, 2015

    A great way to learn to play a violin

    0 5/5 Loves Books (USA) - See all my reviews, September 22, 2015
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    Shipping Weight: 0.75 lbs
    All music products are properly licensed and guaranteed authentic.


  • Cecilio Musical Instruments

    Cecilio CVN-300 Solidwood Ebony Fitted Violin with D'Addario Prelude Strings, Size 4/4 (Full Size)

    Musical Instruments (Cecilio Musical Instruments)
    List Price: $299.99

    Strung with D'Addario Prelude Strings
    Includes: Cecilio chromatic tuner, lesson book, lightweight hard case, 2 x Brazilwood bows with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, quality rosin cake, adjustable shoulder rest, and an extra bridge
    Ebony fingerboard, pegs chinrest, and tailpiece with 4 detachable nickel plated fine tuners
    1 Year Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
    Size 4/4 (full size) violin with solid spruce wood top, maple back, neck and sides with inlaid purfling in antique varnish


  • ADM

    ADM 4/4 Full Size Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Acoustic Violin Starter Kit(with Violin Hard Case, Bow, Extra Strings, Rosin, Bridges, Polishing Cloth), Popular Violin Package for Beginners, Blue

    Musical Instruments (ADM)

    Rating (45 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    ADM

    Comparison between Mendini MV300

    First I am going to start off by telling you what I think of this violin itself. It really is a great violin for a beginner with a little work.The good:1. The color is absolutely gorgeous (The picture truly does not do it justice).2. The sound was actually very good. It was certainly suitable for a beginner. Even though it is a painted violin, it really does not dull the sound much. If you upgraded the strings, it would sound much better.3. The case does it's job wellNow the bad:1. The bridge. When this violin arrives, the bridge needs to be set and the strings tuned before it is playable, but the bad bridge makes that a little bit difficult. The bridge was not shaped completely for the violin. The feet were not made to hug the body and there were no grooves for the string to fall into. So it might need a little work, but once you get it set up its good.2. Tuning. I expected it to fall out of tune pretty quickly, as all new violins will. They... 3/5 Lindsey - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ADM 4/4 Full Size Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Acoustic Violin Starter Kit(with Violin Hard Case, Bow, Extra Strings, Rosin, Bridges, Polishing Cloth), Popular Violin Package for Beginners, Blue First I am going to start off by telling you what I think of this violin itself. It really is a great violin for a beginner with a little work.The good:1. The color is absolutely gorgeous (The picture truly does not do it justice).2. The sound was actually very good. It was certainly suitable for a beginner. Even though it is a painted violin, it really does not dull the sound much. If you upgraded the strings, it would sound much better.3. The case does it's job wellNow the bad:1. The bridge. When this violin arrives, the bridge needs to be set and the strings tuned before it is playable, but the bad bridge makes that a little bit difficult. The bridge was not shaped completely for the violin. The feet were not made to hug the body and there were no grooves for the string to fall into. So it might need a little work, but once you get it set up its good.2. Tuning. I expected it to fall out of tune pretty quickly, as all new violins will. They... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 24, 2015

    Its as close to a professional violin as you can get!

    0 5/5 Maggie Perry - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ADM 4/4 Full Size Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Acoustic Violin Starter Kit(with Violin Hard Case, Bow, Extra Strings, Rosin, Bridges, Polishing Cloth), Popular Violin Package for Beginners, Blue Honestly, this is a great starter violin! When I opened the package, it was in its case. The case is lightweight and protective, but I would still suggest being careful with it. There is some assembly acquired, but it was actually super easy- just the bring, a misplaced string, and a peg! Once you figure that out, not a thing is out of place! It has a beautiful even paint job and the sound quality is excellent! The bow was alright, it needs a lot of rosin, unfortunately... the rosin they give is terrible! I'm not sure if its real horse hair or synthetic, but purchasing another bow isn't a bad idea anyway. Once you rosin the bow for a very long time though, it sounds pretty good. I totally recommend this product to anyone learning and trying the violin before upgrading to something more professional. Looks exactly like the picture too! Again, great product! 0, January 11, 2015

    perfectly described perfectly arrived

    0 5/5 eloy garcia - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ADM 4/4 Full Size Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Acoustic Violin Starter Kit(with Violin Hard Case, Bow, Extra Strings, Rosin, Bridges, Polishing Cloth), Popular Violin Package for Beginners, Blue my daughter loved the violin and since all her classmates had blue violins ,well she wasn't going to be left out .after we tune and rosined the line all we heard was the violin in perfect harmony ,sounds good ,But i don't have another violin ,so yes we are new to violin and if you are too for the price you can't go wrong and with my prime membership it was free shipping in two day ,it better than driving around wondering where the better deal is ,..great product kids loved it 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 18, 2013
    List Price: $169.95
    1 year warranty against manufacturer's defects
    Perfect for the beginner or student violinist
    Handcrafted maple wooden neck, back and sides to strengthen the stability of these parts and offers excellent acoustical properties and good response
    Includes: shaped foam carrying case, Brazil wood stick violin bows, rosin, bridge, an extra set of strings, polishing cloth)
    Hand carved solid spruce top; rosewood fingerboard, pegs and chin rest;alloy tailpiece with 4 integrated fine tuners;


  • Carl Fischer

    The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner, Book 1 (Book & CD)

    Book (Carl Fischer)

    Rating (223 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Carl Fischer

    The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner

    The ABC's of Violin has played an enormous role in fulfilling my dream of learning to play the violin. I'm overwhelmed by the simplicity of its approach, and it's underlying structure that has so effectively developed my skills. New concepts and techniques are introduced in such a logical manner as to further a student's development while limiting the frustrations and intimidation that frequently accompany a new undertaking such as learning an instrument. I also enjoy the vast repertoire of material presented throughout the book. The material ranges from focused studies to actual songs, encompassing nearly every genre imaginable, from classical to folk. Many of these songs are famous, others are slightly more obscure, but each cleverly selected to introduce a new element or concept at precisely the right time. The variety of music selection has also expanded the future directions that I hope to take my violin playing. I also highly recommend acquiring the accompanying CD... 5/5 ken (Boston, MA USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner: Violin, Book 1 (Paperback) The ABC's of Violin has played an enormous role in fulfilling my dream of learning to play the violin. I'm overwhelmed by the simplicity of its approach, and it's underlying structure that has so effectively developed my skills. New concepts and techniques are introduced in such a logical manner as to further a student's development while limiting the frustrations and intimidation that frequently accompany a new undertaking such as learning an instrument. I also enjoy the vast repertoire of material presented throughout the book. The material ranges from focused studies to actual songs, encompassing nearly every genre imaginable, from classical to folk. Many of these songs are famous, others are slightly more obscure, but each cleverly selected to introduce a new element or concept at precisely the right time. The variety of music selection has also expanded the future directions that I hope to take my violin playing. I also highly recommend acquiring the accompanying CD... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 25, 2003

    Best book by far for adult beginner

    0 5/5 A Customer (Tucson, AZ) - See all my reviews This review is from: The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner: Violin, Book 1 (Paperback) I had always wanted to learn how to play the violin and finally decided to take the plunge last year. It seemed like a good idea to buy some starter books that would help me learn how. I picked up three such books that had been recommended to me. By far the best was the "ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner." The notes were easy to read and the tunes were really fun to play. New ideas were introduced at a good pace--not pushy fast, not pokey slow--just right. I could keep up without feeling overwhelmed, but I felt like I was learning something, too. I'm now near the end of Book 2 of the series and having a blast! Can't wait to try out Book 3.The other two method books I bought just didn't cut it for me. They seemed harder to understand and threw a lot at you all at once. It was the ABCs that really made me want to keep playing--no contest as far as I'm concerned, at least. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 10, 2004

    Yes, for the absolute beginner

    0 5/5 T. J. Carpenter - See all my reviews, June 17, 2005
    List Price: $14.99


  • Fretless Finger Guides

    Fretless Finger Guide for Full (4/4) Size Violin

    Musical Instruments (Fretless Finger Guides)

    Rating (458 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Fretless Finger Guides

    A must have..

    0 5/5 Erica L. Morgan (Utica, NY United States) - See all my reviews, October 20, 2013

    Very helpful.

    0 4/5 Faith - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fretless Finger Guide for Full (4/4) Size Violin Works really good very helpful for a beginner and if you can't remember where your first, second, third and forth finger's go this picture should help. 0, March 16, 2015

    worth buying

    0 5/5 M.L.C. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fretless Finger Guide for Full (4/4) Size Violin Easy to put on. No adhesives. Easy to remove. Make sure to get it all the way up to the nut. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 21, 2013
    List Price: $10.41
    Shows first position natural note locations, sharps and flats, giving a visual violin fingering chart of the notes
    One piece clear cling vinyl, uses no adhesive. Goes on in seconds. Easy on, easy off. No need to loosen or remove the strings
    Helps you learn to play violin scales quickly and play songs easily
    WE DO NOT MAIL TO 2ND OR 3RD PARTY SHIPPING SERVICES THAT FORWARD MAIL OUT OF THE USA. Please do not order using one of these services addresses.
    Takes the mystery out of the fingerboard using easy to understand color coded notes. Better than violin position marker strips or violin finger tapes


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