VIOLIN: how to choose one, gear it up, care and maintenance

A guide to know what to look for when purchasing a violin, and how to gear up according to your needs and possibilities.
The parts of the violin and bow, and what each one is for
How to identify a good quality violin from a low quality one
How to buy your first violin, avoiding scams
What to take into account at the time of making the choice
What are the necessary accesories and gear, and the different types available
How to replace the strings on your instrument
How to tune the violin in two different ways, one for begginers and the other for more experienced students
All about daily care and periodic maintenance
how to choose the right violin size for kids


  • Being eager to dive into this wonderful bowed world
  • Having paper and pencil to take notes, or a violin and bow at hand


How to know if a violin is of good quality or not? How to know if the price for a certain instrument is fair? What accesories do I need? Is a shoulder rest necessary? What is rosin for?

Those are all valid, and very frequent questions begginers have. It’s a bit of a dilemma to have to choose an instrument and its gear without yet knowing what it is about, which are its parts and their purposes, its characteristics, problems and proper care. On countless ocassions my students have chosen poorly, or have rushed into the purchase. So here comes this short course, to asist and advise on that first choice, to introduce you to the violin, its parts and functioning, and also to its accesories: what each one is for, what types you find available, and their necessity at the time of learning to play.

Besides, you’ll find step-by-step guides for tuning and maintenance, and all the tips and advice for the daily care of the violin and bow, with downloadable written material for your reference.

Note: instructor speaks in spanish, but you'll find all captions available in english!

Who this course is for:

  • Begginer violinists
  • Amateur violinists
  • Young begginer violinists' parents
  • Future violinists
  • Anyone who wants to know more about these instruments, their care and problems, gear and accesories

Course content

4 sections11 lectures1h 55m total length
  • Introduction to the course
  • The parts of the violin and bow, and their functions
  • Basic care and maintenance


Violin, viola and violoncello instructor
La Pizzicata Clases - Lucy Garrote
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When I started my violin studies I was 18 years old, and I was lucky enough to find a school for stringed instruments in which I was not only taught the performing techniques, but also what’s most important, to enjoy the easiest the violin can give us: its sound, pure and simple. From that moment, my experience with the instrument became about connecting with vibration and feeling before anything else. And that is the reason why I love teaching, begginers mostly, so that I can pass on the enthusiasm and fulfillment the basic elements can give us.

In 2002 I started my violin studies in Zenerata Escuela de Cuerdas, guided by Gato Urbanski and his team, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 2005 I started working as teacher’s assistant in initiation groups for children; and I started my participation in Aqualactica, an electroacoustic string quintet, playing live and in professional recordings for ourselves and other musicians as well, until 2010.

From that moment on, I have been developping and leading on my own workshops and groups for the initiation of violin, viola and violoncello in different cultural centers in Buenos Aires, and I have continued with the formation of students at a private level.