Hi there and welcome to NewViolinist. My name is Steve, 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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NewViolinist 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 NewViolinist 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.
I started teaching music way back in the early 90’s. One thing led to another and I eventually opened up my own music store in 2000. That store was Jammit Music which closed in 2015.
As a musician and former music teacher many years, I constantly saw students struggling with trying to achieve their musical goals. Some of their problems were due to the quality of their instrument, others were due to their own natural ability to play.
Over time, what I found was every student is fully capable of achieving remarkable results provided they had a decent instrument combined with information that made sense to them. In fact, there was more than one occasion where I thought a student was hopeless, then they proved me wrong. The difference was in perseverance and drive.
Nothing gives you more insight than real world experience and practical application. 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.
As senior editor of NewViolinist, I draw on my own history and help guide the experience of my writing staff to provide the best knowledge and recommendations for those looking to learn and play the violin.
“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 NewViolinist 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
If you’d like to get in touch with me or anyone in my team, please contact us here.
I wish you the all the best on your musical journey.
Senior editor of NewViolinist.com
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