Ultimate Apps Guide to Learn How to Play the Violin

Learning how to play the violin can be an overwhelming endeavor.

In the past, the number one way of learning how to play most musical instruments was to find a skilled instructor. This can be difficult in this day and age though. Conflicting schedules and a lack of instructors in your hometown can be a huge deterrent when deciding to learn how to play the violin.

But there are many modern ways to go about getting easily accessible music lessons though. With the rise of the app, music instructors are no longer the end-all-be-all to playing music. Learning to play such instruments has totally impressive benefits.

Check out some apps that help you learn the basics. These apps vary in their uses but most will come with an array of sheet music to choose from.

Many will range in difficulty level.

Read on if you’re interested in learning more about some of the best violin apps we’ve found!

Choose the Right Beginner Apps

Like choosing the right violin, finding the right app for your skill set is essential. The best beginner apps are simple to use and help introduce the user to their instrument.

A beginner app that does exactly this is the PlayAlong Violin app [1]. It is only available for Apple devices but it is highly reviewed. This app will allow users to play the violin along to the pre-arranged music and will know when the user has messed up.

This is a great resource to have for anyone new to the violin.

Another great beginner app is the How to Play Violin app [2]. Like its name implies, this app will walk users through the basics like tuning, finger placement and even has a history about the instrument built into the app!

This app ranges in difficulty level too. Which means that as the user improves, they can move up with the app. The How to Play Violin app will teach beginner violinists scales, violin care and many other basics everyone must know.

The final beginner app many self-taught violinists recommend is the SightReader app. Learning how to read music is an extremely important part of learning how to play any musical instrument.

This app has a specific section devoted entirely to violinists. With flashcards, rhythms, scales, and more this app will do wonders in improving your sight reading skills.

Play the Violin with the Pros

There are many types of apps that allow users to play along with professional symphonies. All without leaving the comfort of your own home.

One of the best apps for this type of practice is Cadenza [3]. This app is good for all levels of players and allows you to practice along with an entire virtual orchestra. Cadenza will listen to you as you play the violin and will adjust accordingly to your playing.

This interactive app will help you improve your playing techniques and carries over 200 pieces of musical arrangements that you can play to your heart’s content. So far there is no Android equivalent, which is one of the biggest downsides of this app.

But it is definitely something worth considering for any aspiring violinist.

Along the lines of Cadenza is the Classical Violinist app. This app is extremely popular and has been around for a while, making it a longtime favorite for many violinists of all levels.

This app also features prerecorded music that you can play along to and it features several challenging games that are meant to hone your abilities.

These interactive apps are great little tools and will help you feel as if you’re truly part of an orchestra. Bolstering confidence while improving skills is a great way to keep on playing.

Classic Lessons Just Got Better

If you’re more of a traditional learner and wish there was a more traditional music lesson available on your tablet or phone, look no further than these two apps.

The first is called Violin Lessons-Learn How to Play the Violin. This app was designed to provide a more traditional music lesson. It provides a rundown of basic techniques, traditional lesson plans (making it great for those kids that might be on summer vacation but still need to keep up on their practice) and will even provide video tutorials.

The second of traditional lesson apps is the app appropriately called Violin Lessons [4].

This app is more for the intermediate level player but provides some exceptional lessons for anyone interested in improving their violin skills. This app is meant for Android users and provides video tutorials that will help interested players.

Learn How to Tune Your Instrument

One of the most important parts of learning how to play the piano is learning how to tune it.

And believe it or not, there are, indeed, apps for that.

Tuning apps are great to have because they can be downloaded to your mobile device, making them easy to use.

A great basic tuning app is the Tuner Lite app. This app is highly reviewed and easy to read, making it great for those last minute adjustments you may need to make before taking the stage for your next performance.

A slightly more involved tuning app is Violin Multi-Tuner. This app comes equipped with eight scales, metronome and 12 presets that will help you with your finger placement.

This app also operates as a two-in-one since it contains several sight-reading lessons that can help you improve your sight reading skills.

Going Virtual to Learn Violin

Learning how to play the violin doesn’t have to be difficult. Anyone interested in taking up the instrument can learn how to play, thanks to some of this ultimate guide to violin apps.

If you’d like to learn more about the violin, be sure to check out some of our other posts.

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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