I would like to learn to play the violin...or is it fiddle? What's the difference? What should I expect? What if I have no talent or experience?

Additionally helpful is:

  • a good sense of humor
  • a positive attitude
  • patience
  • appropriate expectations for your progress (Erika will help build these in the first classes)

You will need these things to realize your dream:

  • a violin, probably a full size (4/4) instrument, and a bow
  • a shoulder rest
  • an hour for class every week 
  • a minimum of 20-40 minutes 3x a week for practicing
  • a folder for class handouts

In the Beginner's Class we will learn how to hold the instrument and bow properly, to make a beautiful tone and to play some simple tunes. The simple tunes will have sheet music or "code", a simple representation of string and finger patterns, so all students have a take-home visual to guide their practice. Students will also have access to audio recordings of our tunes.

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Berkshire Strings Studio
South Egremont, MA