Parents Guide to Buying a Violin for Beginners
One thing I did not realize was 1. super important and 2. not a one size fits all deal is a shoulder rest for the violin. We’ve only had our daughter in lessons for a few months and we’ve already gone through two styles of shoulder rest. The one Fiddlershop sent is by far her favorite- because unlike the others that were a sponge-like wedge that we secured with elastics, this one hugs the instrument body and doesn’t slip around at all.
The rubbery foam on the bottom really lets that shoulder rest stay put on her shoulder so she’s able to better focus on her grip, which is something that’s proved challenging for her- she holds on too tight!
Watching my kids learning to play musical instruments, learning to read music, to develop that part of their brain, is truly a favorite part of parenting for me. It’s not about the successes they have while playing, but the hard work, the dedication, and hopefully also the roots of a lifelong appreciation for music and the arts in general that are so great to see.