Stephanie Miller Violin, Viola & Music Theory Tuition
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Getting Started

First of all, congratulations on your choice of instrument!


Stringed instruments are considered to be the closest instruments to the human voice in terms of tone quality and expressiveness. Whereas, everyone can sing - with varying degrees of success, of course! - stringed instruments present us with a whole range of intricacies, all of which need to be mastered in order to produce the beautiful sound that we associate with this wonderful family of instruments.

Here are a few points to consider before you embark on the expense and commitment of music lessons for either yourself or your children:
  1. Will practice be a problem?  Initially, just a few minutes' practice each day is enough as the arm muscles take a week or so to get used to the unfamiliar position that they are required to adopt. In the early stages particularly, frequent short bursts of practice are much more productive than longer, less frequent sessions.
  2. Stringed instruments are the most difficult of all the instruments to play.  This is largely because both the pitch and the tone quality are created by the player rather than being more or less fixed, as with the piano, for instance.
  3. Regular attendance at lessons is important, especially in the early stages.  Without frequent monitoring, bad habits are likely to become established. It is ultimately easier to create good habits right from the start rather than trying to 'unlearn' habits that have become entrenched as a result of erratic lesson attendance.


So, still interested?