The violin is the smallest instrument in the string family. They typically play in the highest registers. This instrument is held on the shoulder under the chin and can either be played sitting or standing.
For a demonstration of the violin click the link to watch world renowned violinist Hillary Hahn perform Bach. https://youtu.be/V3aloHY7I_g
The violin’s larger cousin, the viola is also held under the chin on the shoulder. However, instead of having the high pitched E-string, it has a low C-string. This instrument plays in a range lower than the violin but just above the cello.
Click on the link to see a professional violist perform Czardas. https://youtu.be/g-69xNZ8XqY
The cello is the only instrument that must be played in a seated position. This instrument is held between the knees leaning against the player’s chest. The cello has the same strings as the viola; however, they are pitched one octave lower.
See Yo-Yo Ma perform prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 by clicking the link. https://youtu.be/q2ZHjSA8mkY
The double bass is called ‘double’ because the pitch that is played actually sounds one octave lower than what is written in the music. Bassists may either play standing or sitting on a stool. It is the largest instrument in the string family.
Click on the link to view an incredible bassist perform Beethoven. https://youtu.be/2rFIKDJhkLQ
Each of these instruments are available in a variety of sizes to fit your growing student. Your teacher or a reputable luthier can help you determine what size instrument is appropriate for your child. Many luthiers offer instrument rental programs so that growing students may trade their instruments in for larger sizes as they grow. Some luthiers also offer a buy-back or trade-in option for those who wish to purchase.
A luthier is someone who specializes in the building, repairing, maintaining, and setting-up of string instruments.
WARNING: Many large scale instrument dealers DO NOT have a reputable luthier working for them, and purchasing instruments from such stores or websites will usually lead to an inferior product for more than it is worth. An instrument which is not set-up by a skilled luthier will not stay in tune, is more difficult to play, and will never have the ability to produce a pleasing sound to your student. Students with poorly set-up instruments often feel frustrated and unmotivated because their practice efforts do not yield the quality sound toward which they are working.
Below is a list of recommended luthiers who service the East Texas area:
*Note to parents: I will be scheduling times to meet and size students for instruments so that parents will have the information they need to confidently purchase/rent an instrument. Please email me to schedule your time and to get on the studio information mailing list.
Already have an instrument?
Great! The above list of luthiers can help set-up your instrument with a fresh set of strings, new bow hair, or any other maintenance your string instrument may need.