Hi there and welcome to New Violinist. My name is Amanda, my team and I are on a mission to give you clear, simplified and actionable advice about violins, plus unbiased violin reviews.

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New Violinist was established in 2015 with the goal to provide easy to understand violin advice that makes a real impact. Personally, I was always frustrated with seeing too many new violinist websites fail to provide actionable information to their readers.

I wanted New Violinist to be different, and I made a commitment to making sure our advice can be followed by ​regular people with a love for music who are looking for real answers to their musical problems.

My Story

I grew up with the classics playing in our household constantly. This gave me an early appreciation of the musical masters and how beautifully crafted their music was. Other than that I had a very average childhood. I began taking violin lessons when I was 6, but it was my experiences at college that solidified my true love for the instrument. My music teachers’ enthusiasm for sharing their gift rang the bell for me.

After I got married, I floated from temporary job to temporary job until I realized I needed to make a difference - musically. I realized that teaching others the art of violin helped them fulfil their own dreams and kept my own skills sharp as an occasional performer - without being away from my family.

Amanda Varney - New Violinist

Now as a parent, I’m also very careful about how my own kids spend their time. I had to make a critical decision about letting them have free reign on their devices or play video games with their minds on numb-lock. Now with musical education and a healthy creative outlet in their lives, we all have a different perspective, and they’re growing up to be such wonderful children.​

It took a lot of trial and error to get where I am today, and I'm so grateful that I get a chance to share my insights with so many people. ​In the years since we started, my team and I have helped thousands of musicians learn more about their instruments and progress towards their own musical goals.

Today's modern lifestyle is filled with an insane amount of distractions based on instant gratification and unhealthy choices. These are causing real cognitive and social problems for millions of people.

Music Facts:

“When you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.”
Anita Collins PhD

“Music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language.”
Dr. Daniel J. Levitin

Music also reduces stress and anxiety, decreases pain, can improve immune functioning, improves memory, cultivates social skills, and helps us exercise. Just to name a few.

Given that there is so much information out there with regards to the benefits of music, we at New Violinist have set out some clear principles that we strive to abide by.

This is so we can provide you with a single place to get the violin advice, without all the confusion that you might find elsewhere.


What we do

  • Simplify complex violin advice
  • Give realistic expectations
  • Write for real everyday people learning the instrument
  • Conduct an enormous amount of research to back our advice

What we don't do

  • Promote fake “instant star” attitudes
  • Tell you to do something that doesn't work
  • Make you buy expensive or unnecessary products
  • Give favorable reviews to companies that pay us


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I wish you the all the best on your musical journey.

Amanda Varney

Editor of New Violinist