10 Violin Accessories You Should Have
Picking up any new instrument is both exciting and confusing.
If you’ve recently purchased your first violin, but are scratching your head on what to do next, don’t worry.
We know it feels like there’s a sea of things you should have.
When you’re just starting out and learning how to play, there’s a handful of violin accessories you’ll want to consider so that you can play right away.
To help you, we’ve composed a list of the most important violin accessories every beginner needs.
1. Shoulder Rest
When you play the violin, you keep it tucked between your chin and your shoulder. Therefore, to allow for a more comfortable playing experience, you need to consider a shoulder rest.
A shoulder rest props up your violin off your shoulder so that it rests comfortably while keeping your violin from slipping.
To achieve your best results, you’ll need to make sure you adjust your shoulder rest in accordance with your preferred height.
2. Music Stand
Where’s the best place to position your sheet music? Enter, the music stand!
A quality music stand creates a more comfortable playing experience compared to laying your music flat on a table or chair.
If you opt to use a flat surface like a table, you’ll find yourself bent over, uncomfortable, and developing poor technique.
A music stand is a must-have of for your violin accessories checklist.
There are two kinds of music stands you need to consider:
- A small, collapsible music stand for taking to music lessons and recitals
- A sturdy, larger one for home practice
Violinists tend to have two, but go with whatever you’re comfortable with. Just make sure you get one!
Nobody likes the sound of an out-of-tune instrument. So, how do you know when your violin is out of tune?
If it’s horrendously out of tune, believe us, you’ll know. But if you can’t quite tell, a tuner will help you.
A tuner is one of the most indispensable violin accessories. You can download one through your smartphone app store or you can buy a physical, electric tuner.
An electric tuner will tell you whether a string is in tune by flashing a green light. If it’s not in tune, the light will be red. It’s pretty handy because you’ll learn what to listen for.
A metronome will also become a valuable violin accessory as you progress in your experience. It will help you keep with the tempo and increase the tempo as you get better.
In order for the bow and strings of your violin to create beautiful music, there needs to be friction. This is what rosin is used for.
Rosin is hard, sticky form of resin from pines and other conifers. You apply rosin to the hair of your bow so it can grip the strings and make them vibrate clearly.
If you don’t apply rosin, you won’t hear much of anything. Rosin products are essential violin accessories if you want to play any music.
5. Soft Cloth
As you can tell, rosin can be a messy ordeal. Over time and use, rosin will accumulate dust. This build up can result in residue on your strings and fingerboard, producing an unpleasant sound.
This is where a soft cloth will become your new friend.
Use your soft cloth to get rid of unwanted build up but take care to use a separate cloth to wipe down the rest of your violin. You don’t want to spread that resin all over your violin!
Humidity and dryness are at odds with your violin. Too much dryness can result in damage to your violin such as cracks. Too much humidity can mean your strings are constantly out of tune because they’re stretched out.
To combat this problem, there is Dampit – a humidifier for your violin to keep the humidity at the right levels.
With Dampit, you simply fill it with water and then stick it in one of your violin’s F-holes.
Using a humidifier works best when you store your violin in its case!
7. Extra Strings
Over time, all belongings experience wear and tear. Violin strings are no exception. Your strings can also break.
Be prepared by having an extra set, just in case the unexpected happens.
8. Peg Compound
If humidity affects your strings, then it can affect your violin pegs, too. This can make your violin pegs difficult to tune or become too loose.
The solution? Peg compound (or peg dope).
Slather this on your pegs to lubricate them and provide enough friction so your pegs won’t slip.
9. Violin Case
If you don’t already have a violin case, you definitely need one. It’s another on the list of indispensable violin accessories.
A violin case provides your violin the best home after use. It helps keep the humidity levels at bay, provide easy transportation, and will protect your violin from the elements. This includes accidents as well.
There are two styles of violin cases to consider:
Which type you buy is dependent on what you’re looking for in a case. A soft case can make for easier travel with your violin, while a hard case offers extra protection.
10. Music Folder
You need to have music books to learn, but you also need regular sheet music as well.
Sheet music is just what the name implies – loose leaf pages containing music outside of your book.
A great way to keep them organized is by placing them (and your pencil) in a folder so they’re all nicely kept together.
You can even step up the organization game and paperclip your music together!
Violin Accessories Wrap Up
We’ve listed for you the must-have violin accessories you need to get started ASAP.
Though a violin and bow are the two main tools you’ll need, these violin accessories will help you get the most out of your violin playing experience.
The next thing on your list?
A qualified and enthusiastic teacher. With these tools and a teacher, you’ll be playing some great tunes in no time.
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