The violin, also known as a fiddle, is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in fifths. The violin is one of the most rewarding and beautiful instruments to play. The road to learning the violin is a long one, but with patience, discipline, and enthusiasm, ESOM will help you start down the road to success with this musical instrument.
It doesn’t matter how old you are. Everyone can learn how to play the violin. You will learn the very basics of playing this instrument. We start at the very beginning. We have trained students with absolutely no experience and knowledge. You think the violin is a beautiful instrument but you have no particular understanding of it. Well this is the place for you.
It is Andrea Amati who is the known developer of the violin. Amati apprenticed as a lute maker and in 1525, he became a master instrument maker.
The earliest noted violin makers were Gasparo da Salò and Giovanni Maggini, both Italians, but it is during the 17th and early 18th centuries that the art of violin making reached its peak. The Italians Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri as well as the Austrian Jacob Stainer are most noted during this period. Stradivari was an apprentice to Nicolo Amati, Andrea Amati’s grandson.
The earliest form is very different from that of today. The early violins had a neck that was shorter, thicker and less angled. The fingerboard was likewise shorter, the bridge was flatter and the strings were made of gut.