5 Ways To Start ROCKING The VIOLIN This 2017

Rocking the violin


Backing tracks are awesome, but they can get tedious after a while. Perhaps you’re ready to create your own music. Maybe you want to feel the beat of a real drummer, and not something you made from scratch on Cubase.

Why not meet other musicians? They can help you improve a lot, music-wise, but also expand your horizons in other ways. And hey, you could even join a rock’n’roll band! Live the dream…

And how am I supposed to meet rock musicians?!” Glad you asked. With the magic of the internet, things are easier now. Depending on where you live, there are relevant websites. For instance, JoinMyBand is an UK site that lets you post classified ads, and contact other musicians, for free. Bandmix is a paid service available in the US, UK, Canada, and five other countries.

If the internet’s not your thing, or you can’t find a website of this kind for your country, there’s always the possibility of meeting people in, you know, “the real world”. Go to studios, music shops, rehearsal rooms, and similar venues and look for / leave ads. “Rock violinist seeks musicians to jam” will surely stand out.

Good luck, and have fun!


Pedals, preamps, electric violins,… Just get your hands on whatever you may find and try it. Careful: I don’t mean “spend a fortune”! If you can borrow something, try it on a store, or eventually invest – it’ll be worth it.

Notice how this is step 5 and not 1, for a reason: if you’re still struggling with the pentatonic scale, or don’t feel confident to improvise over a couple of chords, then you’re not likely ready to mess around with the sound. Sure, playing a crappy violin is not a good thing; however, you don’t need to invest on a Viper and a crapload of pedals to start rocking the violin.

Instead, focus in your playing. Once you got that going, you’ll  expand your horizons with all the amazing things gear can help you with. It won’t likely happen the other way around. Or worse, you might think you’re rocking because of the pedals and other stuff making your violin sound busy – but you’ve still got a long way to go.

It’s like Roger Waters said during an interview of the making of Pink Floyd‘s “Dark Side of the Moon” (on the Live in Pompeii DVD, for you geeks out there). Basically: yes, they needed all this cool equipment to sound like they did — however, not everyone can get their hands on the same gear and suddenly become Pink Floyd. Keep that in mind, folks!

Personally, I wish I had more pedals, but I have fun experimenting with the ones I have. It takes a lot of time and patience to really learn all that you can do with just one pedal; specially considering they were made for guitars, and not violins, so a lot of trial and error is needed. Interested in knowing more? Check out the previous series on pedals we have here on the blog! (Part 1Part 2Part 3)


Are you ready to blow minds with your fiddle in new and exciting ways? Let us know in the comments. Have a brilliant 2017, and rock on!!

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  1. Yeah, thank you for your tips, Mariana!

    Getting into the rock music world is a journey full of discoveries and even some frustration, especially when you need to find your own ‘rock sound’ and style through a instrument as classical and defined as the violin. At least, that has happened to me, hehe. For some gigs, I use a certain effects and settings, and then change them for other presentations, and so on. Anyway, these five ways to start rocking with violin are pretty much useful in any level and what’s more important: to have fun with music!

    I’ve been fortunate to have ‘rock friends’ who have invited me to play and jam with my electric violin, and that’s a great experience. However, I find more comfortable to play and jam alone with backtracks, some downloaded and other made by me. Maybe, because I’m more focused on electronic music and that’s also a great field for experimenting with many sounds and effects through the violin. I like all your tips in this article, but the last one is definitely my favorite: the gear and effects! Fuzz, overdrive, amp simulators, delay… 😀

    Well, I’ve been reviewing the sheet music that I won in your contest, everything is fine and I’m really enjoying them! Thanks again! RockTheViolin is a great website and I wish it continues to grow this year that is starting. My best wishes for you and all your projects in this 2017, Mariana!


    1. Thank you for your kind words! It’s people like you, who support us, that makes it all worth it 🙂

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the songs, keep on rockin’ 😉

      Everything you say is true: even if you’ve already “started” playing rock on the violin, it’s good to think of all the ways you can practise.

      Electronic music is also cool, I love it too! Like you said, it gives you a lot more room to experiment – specially if you’re a gear nut 😉

      Have fun, try new things, jam , expand those horizons and rock on, my friend! 😉

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