Strings Lessons

Strings lessons are available for Violin, Viola, Cello, & Bass. Cello lessons are offered for all skill levels. Violin, Viola, and Bass lessons are offered for beginner & intermediate skill levels.  Lessons will including instruction in the fundamentals of music (reading music, terms, basic music theory), you will also learn about the construction of your instrument, proper bowing and fingering techniques.

 

The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola and cello. The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument.

 

The viola is slightly larger than a violin in size and has a deeper sound. The viola is similar in material and construction to the violin. A full-size viola’s body is between 1 inch and 4 inches longer than the body of a full-size violin. Since the 18th century it has been the middle voice of the violin family, between the violin (which is tuned a perfect fifth above it) and the cello. Unlike other string instruments music for the viola is commonly written in the alto clef.

 

The cello also has four strings tuned in perfect fifths. The cello is used as a solo instrument, as well as in chamber music ensembles, string orchestras, and as a member of the string section of symphony orchestras. It is the second-largest bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, the double bass being the largest. Cellos were derived from other mid to large-sized bowed instruments in the 16th century, such as the viola da gamba, and the generally smaller and squarer viola da braccio. The invention of wire-wrapped strings in Bologna gave the cello greater versatility. By the 18th century, the cello had largely replaced other mid-sized bowed instruments.

 

The double bass, also called the string bass, upright bass, bass fiddle, bass violin, doghouse bass, contrabass, bass viol, stand-up bass, bull fiddle or simply bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, with strings usually tuned in perfect fourths. The double bass is a standard member of the string section of the orchestra and smaller string ensembles in Western classical music. In addition, it is used in other genres such as jazz, 1950s-style blues and rock and roll, rockabilly/psychobilly, traditional country music, bluegrass, tango and many types of folk music.

 

 

* Students are required to provide their own instrument.

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