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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • What is the main difference between electric violins and the 'classical' violin?
  • Can I simply use my acoustic violin as an electric?

  • Is it better to start out on an acoustic violin or the electric?

 


What is the main difference between electric violins and the 'classical' violin?

The 'classical' violin is a hallowed out instrument. It produces sound by vibration of the strings and by the instrument body itself. The electric violin is a solid body, because of this it naturally produces very little sound and requires the instrument to be plugged into amplifiers to produce sounds loud enough to perform.


Can I simply use my acoustic violin as an electric?

 

Yes, 'Classical' instruments may be used as an electric violin with the use of a pickup or mic. These violins are referred to as 'amplified violins' or 'elector-acoustic violins'.


Is it better to start out on an acoustic violin or the electric?

 

As a teacher of violin it is my opinion that it would be better to start out on the 'classical' violin and later add the electric violin.