August 2013

What to Look for in a Violin

August 16, 2013 07:07

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Live interview with Zlata Brouwer from Violin Lounge!!!  We discuss what to look for in an instrument - what is important and what is not important.

Mention this video interview and receive a free orchestra mute with purchase.
Here are Zlata's youtube videos packed full of even more information on what to look for in your purchase!!!


Besides being an excellent violinist - Zlata is extremely professional and reliable.  She gets the job done and you can count on her for being punctual with the delivery of your instrument anywhere in the world.

Click here for the violin shown in the video.

 You can find Zlata's violin shop and schedule your violin trial skype session here :)

This is the shop in Czech where Zlata's violins are made :)


It is always good to know who made the violin and where and it is fabulous to actually see the violin shop on video:)

Buying your first violin can be a very overwhelming task.  There are so many options, so many prices, so many dealers and so many makers. In the states I knew who to refer all my students to for violin purchases, rentals and for a luthier.  That was Classic Violins located in Mundelein, Illinois.

Now that my studio has gone global, I was thrown back into the bucket of where to refer my students.  Now I can relate to all the violinists not knowing where to start to look online to purchase a violin and have it shipped to you.  Not everyone ships internationally and how do you know you will be receiving a quality instrument - who can you trust?

So - I did some research for you.  I am very picky when it comes to violins and pretty much any financial investment big or small.  Quality is number 1 ! It is very important when you first start the violin that you have a good quality instrument.  The violin is hard enough and  you want your instrument to work for you not against you.

Being the Savvy Spender that I am, I also look for extremely reasonable price point for that AMAZING quality.

Since online violin started almost a year ago now - I have been looking for a global solution for violin purchase and I finally found one - Zlata Brouwer at Violin Lounge.  She is a violinist and violin teacher herself and knows exactly what is needed for the beginner violin.  She has found quality violins at EXTREMELY competitive prices. Seriously, when I first skyped with her and she played her beginner violins for me I was surprised at the price point for the quality. I knew it was possible to find quality violins for this price point because I knew they existed in the world - I just didn't know how to connect with them until I found Zlata.  I feel 100 % confident in presenting Zlata Brouwer and her violins to my current and future Online Violin Students.

Yours in Light,
Heather Broadbent

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Exercises to Hold the Violin for Children and Adults

August 9, 2013 08:24

Teaching the violin hold to young children can be a challenge. It is very important that one starts off with an excellent foundation of a violin hold. It is also important for the health of the body that the violin hold is correct. It is possible after many years of holding the violin incorrectly that the body of the violinist may grow incorrectly. TRUE !! It is so important to develop the muscles to help hold the violin. A little bit every day is important - not too much all at once. Also, make sure that the student has the correct size. Too big of a violin can do damage as well. Please check out my violin size video if you have any questions about how to find the right size. In these videos, I also discuss some games that are great for group lessons !! Make sure to have a carpeted floor. A little dangerous to do these games on a hardwood or tile floor in case the violin falls :)
Enjoy the videos.

PS The videos were recorded in the winter with no heat. I was seriously freezing when I made them :)

Violin Size video filmed overlooking Lake Dospad in Bulgaria

Be TRUE... Be YOU ... Be
Heather Broadbent, Holistic Violinist
Founder of Online Violin
Creator of Violin Fitness and Violin Secrets Academy

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