I’m sure you’re very excited about starting violin lessons, however there are a few accessories that you need right away. When you’re renting, most of these are included. But it’s always helpful to know what they are so you can make sure they’re in the case. Rosin for the bow is the first thing you should check for. It’s usually in the small compartment inside the case. Next, you should check your case for adjustable backpack straps. It’ll make carrying your violin a lot easier. These are usually in the top pocket of the outside of the case. Hopefully there will be a cleaning cloth inside the case also. You need to clean your strings, the wood of the bow under the hair and the part of the violin under the strings since these places all get rosin buildup and will get gunky if you don’t clean them. Professional cleanings are not cheap and you don’t want a sticky violin. It can get on the fingerboard and make it harder for your fingers to move around. Cleaning cloths are cheap at the shop or as an alternative you can use a cotton cloth like part of an old T-shirt. One thing that’s definitely not included but you should plan on buying as soon as you can is an extra set of strings. You can snap a string at any moment so it’s important to have a backup so you don’t have to wait until your lesson or to go to a shop. Once you have the extra set, be sure to ask your teacher to instruct you on how to put it on. Be specially careful with the E string; it snaps very easily because of how thin it is. Usually as a beginner you will want to have a shoulder rest for support. The violin is one of the most awkward instruments to hold and the shoulder rest helps you not raise your shoulder. Ask the shop to show you how to put it on.
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