Buying a Piano - Digital vs. Acoustic
This, on the surface, seems a relatively simple question. Whenever possible I, along with most teachers, would suggest an acoustic piano. However, this is often not a possibility, as acoustic pianos are often larger, heavier and potentially more expensive than a digital piano. Not to mention that now-a-days there are many digital pianos which can give an acoustic piano a run for its money.
It seems to me that I could witter on about various different aspects of pianos but it seems that it would be much more useful to publish a list of pros and cons of each type of piano.
How to Choose a Violin
This is a rather tricky question and one which has very many answers. The perfect violin for you depends very much on your circumstances and also your goals for your violin playing.
Choosing a Violin for a Beginner
Choosing a violin for a complete beginner is especially difficult as more often than not, the student has no prior knowledge of instruments or the appropriate budget. It is very tempting to get the cheapest violin you can find "Just incase you don't take to it", which is understandable, to a certain extent. However buying the cheapest possible violin may not be the best idea for a beginner as low quality cheap instruments are incredibly hard to play much more so than slightly more expensive instruments.
This raises the question: "How Much Should I Spend"
In an ideal world everybody would start off with a brand new violin made by a local luthier (violin maker) for around £3,500, however this is rather un-realistic and so I would suggest a branded factory made violin for £100-£150. Names to look out for include Stentor, Primavera and Antoni.
These are available from many different places, but we can personally recommend Anthony Nickolds Violins, he made both my violin and viola and they are wonderful instruments.
If you have any questions or would like some advice feel free to contact us.
Choosing a Violin for and Intermediate Player
This is a far easier question to answer, I would suggest an antique (or at least aged) instrument of around £500-£600. These are readily available from most violin shops, I would however suggest that you take your violin tutor with you to help pick the best instrument for you.
Choosing a Violin for An Advanced Player
For this I would suggest searching nationwide on luthiers websites as the best value for money can often be found in modern instruments, which can often be custom made especially for you. It is still probably still worth taking your violin tutor with you as an additional opinion is always of help. There is no doubt, at this point, that you probably know what you want from your instrument.
These instruments are usually available fro £4000+.
I hope this has been of some use for you. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
If you happen to need Violin Lessons or Violin Teacher in West Bromwich, Sandwell, Great Barr or Surrounding areas, we are available at very competitive prices. Visit our Services page for more details.
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Firstly, I would like to welcome you to our new blog and also our new .com web address.
Due to a technical error www.pbmusictuition.co.uk no longer works and is unlikely to work in the near future.
Now that is out of the way let me get to the reason for this post, getting to know us.
I frequently get asked, when pupils are booking lessons, to tell me a bit about myself and I feel this shouldn't be reserved for that phone call and should be out there for people to see before even contacting us so that you can make the most informed decision about choosing the best teacher for you. So here it goes...
We started Partridge Brothers' Music Tuition a few years ago after both David (My twin brother) and I had gained our grade 8 on both Violin and Piano. We felt that we would love to share our love of music with the next generation. Since then, a lot has changed, we are now both in our final year (where has the time gone?!) at Birmingham Conservatoire where we have studied both Violin and Piano and Pedagogy. Apart from that we have graduated from a digital piano to a rather lovely (I Like it anyway) Eavestaff Piano and now also offer lessons in your very one home.
What We Do
We offer Violin, Piano, Keyboard and Violin lessons in the West Bromwich area for people of all ages from Children of around 4 unto retired people well into their 70's and 80's. There's no upper limit! And now with Mobile lessons we can and do offer Piano, Violin and Keyboard lessons in: Tipton, Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, Oldbury, Great Barr, Great Bridge, Handsworth and many other locations.
What Makes us Different
What makes us truly different from everyone else is that we are more than willing to make resources and and sheets for specific students. Besides this we often spend many-an-hour searching out appropriate instruments for our students and are often available to retune instruments should they have gone out of tune due to the weather or any other cause.
Offering lessons in West Bromwich and the surrounding areas has given us much experience with a wide range of people of all ages and learning types. We have worked and work regularly with people who special educational needs.
We have a "Three Targets a Week" sheet which we give out to all of our younger students and have an equivalent sheet for adults, which gives clear guidelines as to what to practice for the following lesson. Whilst of course we would love our students to practice lots between lessons, we know this isn't always a possibility and, given this information we can structure lessons slightly differently to ensure that you or your child gets the best from violin, piano or keyboard lessons.