The violin crops up everywhere!
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One of the things I love about the violin is that it crops up in so many different musical traditions from classical, to folk, bluegrass, Arabic, Indian Classical music, jazz and pop. Once you’ve mastered good technique on the violin you can take it in any direction you want, or improvise your own unique blend of influences.
It also has a fascinating history, with the earliest stringed instruments mostly being plucked instruments such as the Greek Lyre. Two-stringed, bowed instruments, played upright and strung andbowedwith horsehair, may have originated in the nomadic cultures of Central Asia. Similar types were probably played along East-West trading routes from Asia into the Middle East,at the time of the Byzantine Empire.
The first makers of violins probably borrowed from various developments of the Byzantine lyra. These included the vielle(also known as the fidel or viuola) and thelira da braccio.
The violin that we know today emerged in early 16th-centurynorthern Italy.The earliest pictures of violins, albeit with three strings, are seen in northern Italy around 1530, at around the same time as the words "violino" and "vyollon" are seen in Italian and French documents…
When I teach violin, I enjoy teaching many different genres from an early stage, from folk to classical, to gypsy music. I hope that my students will be inspired to take their knowledge and skill in directions that inspire and excite them- the violin has always been and always will be a tool for such a wide range of cultural expression.
Students who come to me for lesson tend to travel from these areas :
Hampton, Hampton Wick, Teddington, Hampton Hill, Fullwell, Hampton North, Twickenham, Ham, Petersham, Heathfield, Whitton, St. Margarets, East Sheen, Kew, Mortlake, Barnes, East Molesey, West Molesey, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Claygate, Esher, Walton on Thames, Chessington, Surbiton, Tolworth, Norbiton, New Malden, Berrylands, Rayne's Park.