Wait…we can play that?

By Beth Barnadyn, Violin, Instructor at The Lesson Studio

ImageAs a violin teacher here at the Lesson Studio, I am constantly responding to the diverse musical tastes of my students. Some want to play bluegrass, some want to play classical repertoire, and some want to play the Beatles and Journey. But wait….violinists aren’t supposed to play popular or rock music, right? Wrong.

Unfortunately, there is a stigma that taking violin lessons means that you will be condemned to playing Bach and scales, and that you will never play anything that you recognize or love. But this is simply not true. The violin is a diverse instrument, and almost any song or work can be transcribed. So if you want to play ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, it can certainly happen. But what if I can’t find the music? I would like to point out that even if the music may not be readily available, or not available at all in terms of a violin ‘part,’ it is possible. All you need to do is talk with your teacher, and find out how you can arrange and transcribe it. Or, if you have the ability, you can transcribe and arrange it yourself. The possibilities are truly endless.

So the next time you hear a Beatles song, or anything that would be considered ‘unconventional’ for the violin, go ahead, play it!


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