5 Tips for Playing the Violin



Posted on: 19 Apr 2021

5 Tips for Playing the Violin

5 Tips for Playing the Violin

For those of you who play the violin, or those of you who live with someone who plays the violin, it can be a frustrating process.  A beautiful instrument, it is one of the most difficult skills to learn.  So we asked Caoimhe McCarthy, our wonderful violin teacher for some tips on how to make practice easier:

1 The hardest thing about practicing is...starting.  Half the battle is taking the violin out of the case!  Once you are that far, it is much easier to practice.  So make time during the week to open that case!

2 Listen to your pieces on YouTube for inspiration.  Hearing such amazing music will always make you want to be better, which will help your practice come on leaps and bounds.

3 Practice the difficult bars of the piece on their own. There are always going to be parts of a piece that are a bit more challenging, so give these sections more time.  Don’t always start playing the piece from the beginning.

4 Make practice a habit.  Practice at the same time every day so that you don’t have to think about it; you just do it.

5 Practice performing in front of people, like your parents, siblings or even your dog! It will help you get comfortable when performing.  And the more comfortable you are performing, the better your performance will become!


Happy practicing!  And always remember it is never too late to start learning an instrument - we take one to one students of all ages, children and adults so get in touch on centrestageschool@gmail.com if you are interested in putting these tips into action!


Lucy has been attending Centre Stage since the age of 4.  I can’t thank the teachers and staff enough for all they instill in our kids; the talent, confidence & camaraderie inside those doors are so important, and it's a privilege for any child to be part of, and something which they’ll carry with them through life. 

Lisa Punch

My daughter Aoibhe Lilly has attended Centre Stage for the past 5 years. The overall experience has been phenomenal. She has always enjoyed the high standard of classes on offer. Centre Stage offers a caring, nurturing environment, where love of arts is encouraged, in a place where children can dance, act, sing, laugh and have fun, making lifelong friends and memories. In Aoibhes own words 'It's my happy place'!

Eilish O'Leary

My daughter has been attending Centre Stage School for 4 years. She started with Theatre Tots and moved on ward from there. The musical theatre classes have been instrumental in the development of her self-confidence, as well as her great love for music and dance. The teachers and staff include and encourage all children of all abilities, and each child has a chance to shine. I couldn’t recommend Centre Stage School highly enough. Thank you to everyone there for the amazing work you do!  

Caroline Hayes