A Beginners Guide On How To Learn To Play The Violin

By John R Bradstreet

 

If you are an aspiring violinist just starting out there are many options available to you in learning how to play the violin. I always advise people who have an interest in the instrument to first take some violin lessons before committing their money to purchasing an instrument. By doing this you have a better understanding of the process and you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether this is right for you.

The violin dates back to 15th century Italy and has been the mainstay of world renowned orchestras and classical bands ever since. This is because it produces some of the most soothing, romantic and beautiful sounds of any instrument out there.

When first starting out you need to realize that the violin is one of the more difficult instruments to master. There are no frets on the instrument to guide you on where to put your fingers to produce notes. Also the positioning under the chin and the use of the bow takes a little time to master. It sometimes takes a good teacher to instruct a person on the proper technique for doing these things.

I often tell people that one of the best ways to get introduced to this instrument is through online violin lessons. Students can progress at their own pace and the cost is a fraction of what a professional teacher or a class at your local college would cost. These courses are great for both children and adults alike.

When looking at violins to purchase the first thing that you will notice is the wide range of prices that available to you. The range can be from $100 to several thousand dollars. When first starting out, I would recommend staying at the low end of the price range. This will give you time to decide if this is really something that you are going to be pursuing long term. Remember that you can always upgrade at a later date.

The next thing that you will need to do after you make your purchase is to tune the instrument. There are four strings and they are tuned to G, D, A, and E notes. You can use a tuned guitar or piano for this or if this is not an option you can go to the internet and use an online tuner which is available and easy to use.

Now you can practice holding the instrument. It is held with the left should and your left hand will be playing the fret board. The instrument is very lightweight and the strings are easy to depress. The right hand is now available for using the bow. It will be slid up and down on the string that you are depressing with you left hand.

Now you are ready for the fun part, learning to play your new violin. The first thing you will learn is how to place your fingers on the fret board and sound out each note. This does take practice but once you know it you will be stringing notes together to play a piece. While learning to master the notes may take some time it is like learning to ride a bicycle as you will not forget them.

The next thing that you will be doing is learning to read sheet music so you can play any piece on your violin. You will develop an understanding of octaves, beats and scales to further increase your musical knowledge. Take your time and as you get more proficient in one aspect proceed to the next. It won’t be long before you have the skills of an accomplished violinist. Have fun with it.

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10 Great Quotes on Life From John Lennon

By Nikki Striefler

 

Lessons from a Rock and Roll Spiritual Seeker

John Lennon may have had more in common with the great thinkers of any age than with other songwriters who were his contemporaries. Certainly he was first in a cadre of rock stars who used their celebrity as a force for good, paving the way for Bono and Bob Geldof by decades.

He found his way out of a turbulent life and troubled, working-class childhood and grew into different roles – from Rock Star, peace advocate, social activist, women’s rights advocate, and managed to fashion a philosophy that elevated the human spirit and encouraged people to work, individually and collectively, toward a better world. Like Socrates, Lennon wanted to stimulate people to think for themselves. “There ain’t no guru who can see through your eyes,” he sings in “I Found Out.”

Lennon said he knew he was ‘different,’ even as a child, sometimes feeling lost and bewildered by it. “I was different from the others. I was different all my life. Therefore, I must be crazy or a genius. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things other people didn’t see. I was always so psychic or intuitive or poetic or whatever you want to call it, that I was always seeing things in a hallucinatory way.”

Throughout his short life, Lennon fought many existential battles with himself and whatever he thought of as God. To interpret Lennon’s spiritual hunger, Lennon searched for and sang about the truth, discarding religious indoctrination and accepted norms when they proved unhelpful.

In 1966 Lennon was famously quoted as saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. The quote sparked outrage in both the US and the UK, but the real problem with what Lennon said was that there was an element of truth in what he said. The Beatles WERE more popular (meant more) than Jesus himself for youth in England and America at that time- as do television, video games and many other things of this world to many people today.

Lennon’s personal spiritual journey was a public one; from his experimentation with drugs; his encounters with the Maharishi; to his undertaking of primal scream therapy, which helped to grow a number of self help/spiritual fads that mirrored the shifting moods of more than one generation. In fact, The Beatles 1968 visit to India to learn Meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is credited by some as the first change in attitudes in the West about Indian spirituality. Amidst widespread media attention, their stay at the ashram was one of the band’s most productive periods.

John Lennon was a man who both reflected his times and influenced them. He did his searching right out in the open. And if anything, he was probably too honest about both his doubts and his beliefs for his time. “Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us, above us only sky. Imagine all the people, living for today,” said Lennon, in the anthem that for many defined his life. “Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too.”

Ironically, Mark David Chapman, who shot Lennon in 1980, said that he had become obsessed with the political messages in Lennon’s music. He was incensed by Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” remark and stated he was further enraged by “God”, and “Imagine.”

Toward the end of his short life, Lennon referred to himself a “Zen Christian.” He left us with a great legacy of self-examination and spiritual philosophy.

10 Great Quotes from John Lennon:

1) You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are.

2) If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.

3) A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

4) Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

5) I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.

6) Life is what happens while you are making other plans.

7) God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

8) Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.

9) If someone thinks that love and peace are a cliche © that were left behind in the 60’s, that’s his problem. Love and Peace are eternal.

10) We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant… you’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.

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