Tipbook Violin and viola is a book for musicians who want to understand and get the most out of their instrument. The combined experience and knowledge of more then thirty violin makers, bow makers, string manufacturers and musicians helps you to buy the perfect instrument for your style and budget. Written with beginners in mind, and an inspiring resource for advanced players - even for pros!
CREATING YOUR SOUND
Tipbook Violin and viola helps you to see, hear, and appreciate the difference between one violin and the next, allowing you to focus on how it sounds and plays. The book offers extended information on the different types of strings and their windings, on bows and on rosin, providing you with everything you need to know to make your instrument sound like you. And with the interactive Tipcodes you can even hear what you're reading about.
Like all other Tipbooks, Tipbook Violin and viola has brief sections on the history, family, and making of the instrument, as well as a glossary and an extended index. Looking for the manual for your instrument? Here it is, with no less than a hundred full-color photos!
“As a quick easy reference for violin & viola students and teachers, for general trouble-shooting or simply to add on one's store of knowledge, this Tipbook is an excellent resource.” Mary Nemet, Stringendo
“An extremely useful resource.” Music Educators Journal
“… I found myself drawn into the articles on buying an instrument and how to determine sound qualities from the build of the instrument...” European String Teachers Association
“Interesting sections on the history and manufacture; Really, it’s all here, and the tips on maintenance are excellent.” Fiddle On Magazine
“Comprehensive approach; easy-to-follow layout makes these Tipbooks a joy to read.” Music Trades
“… provides valuable information about violin history, anatomy, and construction. […] tips on buying and maintaining a violin, bow, case, and accessories. This section alone is worth the cost of the book, if only because you'll understand the technical jargon that the luthier throws at you.” Aaron
“This book is an excellent thing to tuck into your case for when you have a question about something or need a reference.” Kirsten H.
“Really great. Starts out explaining the anatomy of a violin and viola, a chapter on history and ends the book with some inspiration on how to make practice fun, without drugs.” Bryn S.
“… a valuable resource. I am sure will refer to it often on everything.” KBurley
“Excellent.” Carolann R
Tipbook Violin and viola tells you about violins and violas, children’s instruments, fractional sizes, learning the violin, violin lessons, violin teachers, practicing, metronomes, recording your lessons, master violins, student violins and workshop violins, Stradivarius and Guarnerius, fake labels, flamed backs, bookmatched plates, antiquing violins, types of wood, French and Belgian bridges, the sound post and the bass bar, the influence of scale, string height, neck angle and other elements on the sound and playability of your violin, Parisian eyes and eyelets, Hill, tailpieces, practice mutes, wire mutes and other types of mutes, frets, pre-owned violins, the value of your violin, choosing violin strings, steel strings, synthetic strings and gut strings, wound strings and string windings, fine-tuners and fine-tuning pegs, auditioning violins, testing bows, rosin, violin stands, buzzing violins, making a violin, the viola da gamba, electric violins, and much more.