Here is some info and some useful links for what you’ll need to start violin lessons.
You can rent a violin online from Music & Arts. Their “Rentals” page walks you through the process, step by step, with several options, and lets you choose to pick up the rental instrument at a store location near you or have it shipped directly to your home!
They have a sizing guide (“Questions about sizes”) which should help you choose the right size. They offer a protection plan (LDW plan – Limited Damage Waiver) which I definitely think is worth the cost of $5 per month (or so). Accidents happen and due to the very nature of stringed instruments, plenty of different, vital parts can easily get broken, requiring expensive repairs.
Be sure to read the “Rental Agreement” thoroughly to understand how to turn in the instrument or exchange it for the next larger size . . . etc.
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If you decide to purchase a violin, Woodwind & Brasswind has a large selection to choose from. It could take a while to choose which one, so renting for a while, first will at least get you started quickly!
You will also need a good shoulder rest for your violin and a lesson book. Music & Arts doesn’t usually stock the right shoulder rest, so below are some useful links for tips and for purchasing the book and a shoulder rest from Musician’s Friend.
You can click the link for the shoulder rest, add it to a shopping cart, then come back and click the link for the book to add to your shopping cart. Shipping is usually FREE and NO TAX!!
See my video tips about shoulder rests for more info and to let you see good positioning.
The shoulder rest I strongly recommend is the Kun collapsible. (Read more about it at my Violin and Viola Shoulder Rest Top Picks.) Be sure to expand the “Please Select Style” button to select the size to match your violin size.
The book you’ll need is Essential Elements for Strings 2000 for Violin – Book 1 with DVD.