If you are scouring the internet, asking yourself, “what’s the best beginner violin to buy,” you aren’t alone. It’s an overwhelming decision.Unfortunately, the market is saturated with cheap, poorly made VSOs (violin-shaped-objects). Many of my students show up to their first lesson with these inferior “violins.” They are difficult or impossible to tune, produce an awful tone, and come with low-quality bows, chin rests, and other accessories.
Students with low quality violins generally take one of two paths. 1. They get frustrated and quit. 2 They get frustrated and buy a better violin.
Trying to make an informed choice on such an important purchase can be difficult. Reading beginner violin reviews can be misleading and confusing.Everyone has an opinion, so who can you trust?
To save you time, money and frustration, I’ve created an ultimate guide to helping you choose the best beginner violin.I’ve had experience with every violin I’m about to tell you about. I’ve either played the violins myself, have students who own the violins, or have heard about them from other violin teachers. In this guide, I’ll answer these questions. Click to skip ahead to each section.
What makes a good beginner violin?
What makes a violin “advanced?”
How much money should I spend on a violin?
What are the best violin brands under $500?
What are the best violins by price range?
What are the 10 best beginner and intermediate violins?
What violin brands to avoid?
What violin would I buy?
Let’s get started!
Real violins are made of quality materials. Many cheap violins come with plastic parts, wood that hasn’t been dried properly, or wood painted to look like real ebony (the fingerboard). Substandard parts means the violin will never function the way it is supposed to.
Any violin you purchase should be correctly “set-up” by a luthier before being sent to you. Many cheap, factory violins lack this important step. A luthier will make sure the bridge is the correct curvature (otherwise you’ll hit other strings no matter how you bow). They will also ensure the strings are the proper tension, so you don’t have to be a weight-lifter just to put a finger down. A luthier will also ensure the pegs are correctly installed and other parts are functioning before shipping the violin to you.
Easy to tune
Why is tuning so important? You must tune every time you play so that your muscle memory develops correctly. Having a violin that won’t stay in tune wastes practice time and lesson time.
VSOs (violin shaped objects) can be notoriously impossible to tune. A quality beginner violin will have pegs that correctly fit their holes and be relatively easy to tune. I’ve seen some VSOs come with plastic pegs, meaning the pegs will slip no matter what.
Even violins with well-fitted traditional wooden pegs are subject to changes in humidity that can make tuning difficult or downright impossible sometimes. The answer to the age old problem of tuning is geared pegs, also known as perfection pegs or planetary pegs. Geared pegs look like traditional wooden pegs, but they work like the tuning pegs on guitars, making tuning a breeze. No more stuck or slipping pegs. No more loose strings from changes in weather. Tuning only takes a few seconds. You will rarely, if ever, need to use your fine tuners, even for your E string. I use geared pegs on all of my violins. I will never go back to traditional pegs! Not all violins come with the option for perfection pegs, but I’ve been able to find a few that do offer this wonderful upgrade.
What should be included?
Most beginner violins should come as an outfit, which includes a violin, case, bow, and maybe some rosin. Not all beginner violins do, but that’s okay. You can choose which accessories you want. Be very wary of outfits that include lots of accessories, like tuners, extra strings, shoulder rests, and method books. These other items are often cheap add-ons that you will probably end up throwing away anyway.
Don’t let violin nomenclature confuse you. When looking at any any violin website, violins are divided into beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional level categories. That doesn’t mean that you have to be an advanced player to handle an advanced level violin. It’s actually quite the opposite. Advanced violins make it EASIER to sound good. Give a beginner an advanced model violin and they will instantly have a better tone. On the other hand, certain beginner violins will only sound good in the hands of a professional.
After watching the violin market for the past 20 years, I’ve been able to tell the price line between VSO and real violins. Generally speaking, don’t buy any violin outfit for under $200. Anything cheaper than this is not worth buying.
If you are unsure if you will stick with the violin and just want to “try it out,” don’t fall for these cheap VSOs. I guarantee you, you won’t like it. Some of these “violins” are essentially worthless after you purchase them. No one else will want them either. But if you buy a real violin, and later decide you don’t want it, you can always resell it! Some of the violins around $150-$200 might be playable, but they will come with cheap strings, poor sound quality, and a list of items you might need to tweak to get it easy to play. Skip the hassle, spend $50-$100 more dollars and get a violin you won’t have to keep messing with.
Violins around $200-$350 are considered beginner violins. The violins on the lower end of that range will get the job done, but they are “student” violins. For those who just want to try violin, or for young children who are growing and changing sizes quickly, these violins are fine. A violin in the $300 range is suitable for beginners with a more discerning ear.
$350-$450 is the price point for more advanced beginner violins. These violins should last you a year to three years if you are making consistent progress. They won’t “give out” after three years, but by that time your skill level could benefit from a better violin.
$450-$550 A good price range for older children or adults who will be able to easily distinguish the better quality.
$550 + If you don’t want to worry about having to buy another violin as your skill progresses, look for violins in this range. This price range bridges the gap between beginner and intermediate violins.
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The Tower Strings line of beginner violins is sold by Fiddlershop. These entry level violins are the best beginner violins in the industry, in my opinion. Since they are sold by Fiddlershop, every violin is tested by a luthier before being shipped. That means your violin is ready to play out of the box—with a little tuning of course!
Fiddlerman violins are sold by Fiddlershop, a company that is relatively new to the violin scene. Due to great customer service and exceptional products, Fiddlershop is quickly making a name for itself as a go-to store for all things violin. The Fiddlerman violins offer great quality for a good price. And yes, Fiddlerman violins can be played by fiddlers and classical violinists just the same! All violins sold by Fiddlershop are tested and played by a luthier before being shipped, so you know your violin will sound good. My favorite part about Fiddlerman? They will custom install perfection pegs on any violin you purchase. Plan to add about $100 dollars for this upgrade which I would deem essential. I use perfection pegs on all of my violins and I will never go back to traditional wooden pegs. Being able to easily tune your violin could make the difference between loving this instrument, and hating it. Trust me.
Gliga violins are handmade in Romania. They offer a wide range of violins for all levels and budgets. One thing that sets Gliga apart is their ability to let you customize your violin. You can choose the varnish color, tailpiece, bow, and strings—allowing for a violin that is uniquely yours.
This makes Gliga special because you can purchase a quality violin with the standard set-up and get a great violin for a budget price. Then, make upgrades according to your budget.
Knilling is a well-known name brand for beginners. My first violin was a Knilling and I still use it for traveling around. Knilling is also one of the few brands that offers violins with perfection pegs (geared pegs that make tuning SO easy).
Franz Hoffman violins are made in China but are set-up and sold by Shar Music, one of the well-known violin dealers. Franz Hoffman offers a long line of beginner violins and their Amadeus model is one of the cheapest, good quality beginner violins you can buy.
Another maker sold by Shar Music, Carlo Lamberti offers some upgrades in sound quality for an advanced beginner level violin. These violins may cost a little more, but you will have a violin that will last you through your beginning stages.
$180-$250—Tower Strings Entertainer, Gilga Genial, Franz Hoffman
$250-$350—Tower Strings Rockstar, Tower Strings Legend, Fiddlerman OB1, Gliga Gems 2,
$350-$450— Fiddlerman Apprentice, Gliga Gems 1,
$450-$550—Fiddlerman Concert, Gliga Genova, Carlo Lamberti
$550+—Fiddlerman Artist, Gliga Gama,
If you want a basic overview, here are my top ten picks for the best beginner to intermediate violins. Click to skip ahead.
Tower Strings Entertainer Violin
Tower Strings Rockstar Violin
Fiddlerman OB1 Violin
Gliga Gems 2 Violin
Tower Strings Legend Violin
Fiddlerman Apprentice Violin
Fiddlerman Concert Violin
Franz Hoffman Amadeus Violin
Knilling Perfection Violin
Carlo Lamberti Sonata Violin
Tower Strings offer three entry-level violins: The Entertainer, the Rockstar, and the Legend. These violins surpassed all of my expectations for a beginner level violin. They don’t look or feel like beginner level violins. The have a beautiful finish and little touches like mother of pearl inlays on the pegs and tailpiece give the violin a high-quality appearance. Their wonderful tone and ease of playability make these violins my top pick for beginner violins. At a starting price of $249, they also happen to be one of the most affordable violin outfits.
The outfits come with brazilwood bows and standard entry-level strings but I would highly recommend upgrading to the Fiddlerman carbon fiber bow and the Fiddlerman synthetic core strings. The strings were the best beginner strings I have ever played—even tone and bright, complex sound. The bow made playing very easy and forgiving (not always the case with beginner violins). The combination of strings and the carbon fiber bow made for such an enjoyable playing experience that I would highly recommend them. When you click “add to cart” you will have the option to upgrade.
The violins come as an outfit with a case, bow, rosin, tuner, shoulder rest, cleaning cloth, mute, and beginner’s guide. Literally everything you need to get started playing immediately. The violins I received were almost perfectly in tune when they arrived. A little tuning and you are ready to learn violin.
As with all Fiddlershop violins, your violin is inspected and played by a luthier before being shipped so your violin is ready to go when you get it. This is big, and it’s not something you are going to get when ordering a violin form a mega online store.
Which one should I get? With this brand of violins, you can rest assured that the more money you spend, the better violin you will receive. The Entertainer was wonderful and would suit any beginner just violin. I noticed an increase in tone quality with the increase in price of the other violins, as well as more beautiful wood on the back. If you want a little bit better sound, spring for the Rockstar or Legend.
Want to really save money? Fiddlershop often has discounted B stock violins for sale. They are perfectly playable with minor cosmetic defects. Check out the discounts here!
Most affordable beginner-level violin
Easy to tune
Easy to play
Sweet, yet powerful tone
Comes with everything you need to play
Great customer service
There really aren’t any but…Fiddlerman strings and carbon fiber bow are upgrades (well worth it)
Fiddlerman violins may be relatively new in the violin world, but they are quickly earning a name as a solid, dependable, good quality beginner violin. Fiddlerman offers two entry level beginner violins, the OB1 and the Apprentice if you are on a tight budget. If you can afford a little more, I would recommend the Concert model which has a powerful sound and a beautiful, strong tone.
What sets these violins apart is that they come with superior strings and bows. The Fiddlerman synthetic core violin strings are the best beginner strings I’ve ever tried (better than Dominants). And the Fiddlerman carbon fiber bow is also the best student level violin bow I’ve ever tried. The combination of Fiddlerman strings with the carbon fiber bow made playing extremely easy and forgivable. Normally this quality of strings and bow would be an upgrade for other outfits, but it is standard with Fiddlerman violins.
All Fiddlerman violins come with a 10 point inspection so you know your violin is set-up in the best way possible. Every violin that is tested and played by a luthier before being shipped. The violin also comes as an outfit with a case, carbon fiber bow, rosin, a mute, cleaning cloth, and a quality violin shoulder rest, and a digital tuner. Normally I say to watch out for outfits that include so many goodies, but these goodies are actually worth having! You literally need nothing else to start playing.
One thing I love about Fiddlerman is that they can install perfection pegs on any violin you buy. Plan to add about $100 plus the cost of the pegs to the price for this upgrade which I deem essential.
Want to really save money? Fiddlershop often has discounted B stock violins for sale. They are perfectly playable with minor cosmetic defects. Check out the discounts here!
If you are willing to spend a little more, I recently had a student buy a Symphony violin and it sounds phenomenal!
Fiddlerman Synthetic Core violin strings (my favorite beginner level string)
Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow (the best beginner bow I’ve ever tried)
Comes with everything you need to start playing
Option to install perfection pegs
Great customer service
These violins sell out quickly so they may not always have your size!
Gliga Violins are handmade in Romania and offer the largest selection of sizes, styles, and quality. Their cheapest violin outfit is a Genial 2 which starts at $208 for an entire outfit—that’s a great bargain for a good beginner violin. However, there are several upgrades I would definitely recommend and that will drive the price up at which point you may be better off with a Tower Strings or Fiddlerman violin. There are many levels of quality in the Genial line. The Gems line are the beginner level violins that I would recommend. I recently purchased a Gems 2 and found it to be a decent student violin for the price (around $320 for the violin outfit and shipping.
Since Gliga offers so many choices during checkout, you can choose to go with everything standard for a cheap outfit, or you an upgrade certain aspects. Definitely go with better strings. The standard strings left a lot to be desired. I recommend Evah PIrazzis or Dominants. If you can, upgrade to the Carbon Fiber Bow. I also recommend the Wittner tailpiece which can make changing the strings easier.
Gliga also offers the better quality violins for a little more. If you can, go for the intermediate level Gems 1 or Genova. Their advanced models are the Gama violins. I played a Gama a few years ago and fell in love with it. Although cheaper than my personal violin, it sounded comparable in many ways.
Easy to order
Lots of options on size, appearance, and quality
Good craftsmanship, beautiful appearance
Correctly set-up and ready to play
Standard options allow for a great violin on a budget price tag
Wooden chin rest (rare in student violins at this price range)
Pegs can be difficult to turn at first
Standard strings, bow, and tailpiece leave a little to be desired
Romanian strings don’t have the best sound (choose the upgraded Evah PIrazzis or Dominants). Advanced models come with better strings.
Standard tailpiece with fine tuners made changing strings difficult (go for the Wittner tailpiece to solve this problem.)
Customer service is slow to respond to questions, if they respond at all.
If you choose to purchase a Gliga violin, enter the discount code VL1003 in the COMMENTS section at checkout for a discount. Don’t put the code in the coupon section, make sure you enter it in the COMMENTS and your discount will be manually subtracted after your order processes.
Here are the discount for each violin when you use the code VL1003 in the comments section.
$5off any Genial 2-Nitro, Genial 1-Oil, Gloria 2, Gems 2, Gloria 1.
$10 offor Gems 1, Genova 3.
$15off forGenova 2, Gama, Ceruti Concert.
$25off for Gliga, Genova 1, Gliga 1, Ceruti Maestro, Gliolin.
The Franz Hoffman Amadeus violin is the cheapest budget violin. Outfits start around $239. Many of my students have started off with this violin. It’s fairly easy to tune with a decent sound. Craftsmanship is pretty standard. This isn’t a violin you will ohh and ahh over, but it checks all the boxes for an easy-to-play beginner violin. It’s a factory violin, so the focus is on affordability. These violins are set-up and ready to play which puts them above other factory-made violins from mega online stores. Students who progress quickly might need a better violin to match their skills as they progress.
Shar Music, one of the most well-trusted online violin dealers, also offers more options in the Franz Hoffman line as well as various other beginner and intermediate violins.
For $10 more dollars, I would persoanaly rather have the Tower Strings Entertainer violin. Much better quality for just a little more.
Set-up and ready to play
Good for young children
Standard student quality
Orange, beginner-looking finish
Not ideal for quickly advancing students
This brand is a long-time standard in the violin industry for good quality beginner violins. My choice for a Knilling Violin would be the Knilling Perfection model. What’s different about this violin? It comes with geared perfection pegs!
Having a violin that is easy to tune saves so much time in lessons, which is one reason I love this violin. My students who have this violin can’t say enough about the pegs.
If you want a violin that is super easy to tune straight out of the box, this is the violin for you. However, if you don’t mind doing a little work on your violin, I would still recommend the Tower Strings or Fiddlerman violins for superior sound quality and craftsmanship. But if you want an affordable beginner violin with the easiest pegs to tune on the market, this is the one for you!
Easiest violin to tune
Comes with Perfection Pegs installed
Great looking finish for the price
Good sound for beginners
Great for young children
Not the best quality violin for the price
This violin offers a good blend between the beginner and intermediate levels with a price point to match. These violins are made in China and then shipped to the U.S. where they receive the correct set-up from a qualified luthier. Some of my students have this violin model and they enjoy a superior, focused tone. This violin comes with a comfortable chin rest, a tailpiece with fine tuners built-in (for ease of changing strings), and Thomastik Vision strings, a good intermediate level set of strings.
Shar Music offers various upgrades in the Carlo Lamberti Line such as the Classic, Symphony, and Master Series.
Tailpiece with built-in fine tuners
Good for advancing beginners
Doesn’t come as an outfit
Many times, a new student will come to a lesson with a violin that won’t stay in tune. The sound is scratchy, the bow is difficult to control, and the strings are difficult to press down. Sometimes the bridge doesn’t have the correct curvature and the student will continuously hit other strings. I can usually guess what brand of violin this is. There are two repeat offenders: Mendini and Cecilo. Many students purchase these violins because they look like decent violins, but they are far from it. While these two companies do make more advanced beginner level violins, they also sell cheap VSOs. While I’ve never tried their more advanced models, I don’t think I want to. When there are so many other great beginner violins out there, why support a company that produces what I would call a gimmick?
Since there are probably more BAD “violins” out there than good ones, this list could go on and on.
If I were buying a violin for my own child, I would purchase the Tower Strings Rockstar or Legend Violin with perfection pegs or the Fiddlerman Concert Violin with perfection pegs. Even if I were there to tune it, I would want my own child being very comfortable tuning their own violin, and the perfection pegs make that possible. If I were buying a violin for a very young child, requiring a violin under a 3/4 size, I might go with the Tower Strings Entertainer or Fiddlerman OB1 or Apprentice with perfection pegs.
If I were an adult beginner purchasing a violin for myself? The Fiddlerman Artist Violin with perfection pegs or the Gliga Gama would be my first pick (they are also the most expensive). There is something to be said about having a violin that looks and feels as nice as it sounds. Having something of quality makes you WANT to open the case, look at your beautiful violin, and play it.
If I couldn’t afford that, I’d get a Fiddlerman Concert with perfection pegs or a Gliga Genova.
One thing I’ve noticed while searching for “the best beginner violins” is a plethora of websites listing what they claim are the best beginner violins. I’ve found that many of these websites recommend violins that I know from experience are atrocious. As you read their pros and cons on a particular violin, you may be able to tell that the writer has no experience with this violin at all, they are simply regurgitating reviews. While many of these websites are legitimate, many exist to make money off of affiliate links. Affiliate links allow website owners to make a small commission on products, at no cost to the person using the link. I too use affiliate links as a way to help support the cost of the website, but I don’t promote products for the sake of earning a commission. The whole reason I created my website was to educate students and stop them from wasting money on VSOs.
Don’t be fooled! Purchase a quality violin and you won’t regret it!
Check out my Step by Step Guide to Starting Violin Lessons and double check that you have everything you need to make learning the violin fun with my checklist on What to Buy for Violin Lessons.
What type of violin should I buy as a beginner? ›
Inexpensive violins will be made of cheap particle wood and won't give you the sound you're looking for. A decent entry-level violin will be made from spruce or ebony (or both).How much should I pay for my first violin? ›
A well-crafted beginner violin ranges between about $500 to $1,000 in price and is made by a larger number of workshop workers. Moving up to the next level of expertise are the intermediate violins, which stand between the student and professional levels.What is the difference between a beginner violin and a professional violin? ›
The differences between entry-level and advanced models vary by instrument, but they can be significant. Intermediate and professional instruments are typically made from higher quality materials and produce a richer tone quality.Which brand violin is best? ›
If you want to go for popular choices, Kadence and Juarez are the ones to go for. These two brands are affordable as well. In case you want the best electric violins, Royal Max is the best option. There are some good picks for those who want to purchase 5-string violins as well.Should I buy an expensive violin as a beginner? ›
If you are a beginner or an advancing student, there are many benefits to spending a little extra on your next violin: quality, sound, comfort, playability, and more. It is easier to play. Higher-end violins are easier to play.How many hours a day should a beginner practice violin? ›
1,5 to 2 hours a day
Great to get good progress on your instrument. You can do scales, exercises and etudes and have enough time to work on your repertoire and orchestra scores.
Stentor: It's cheap, doesn't squeak, sounds decent and easy to play. The violin is well made, and comes with everything you need to get started. Beginners and parents, please remember to rosin up the bow before complaining that you don't get any sound from the violin.What is the difference between a cheap and expensive violin? ›
They can be made to be playable, but because of the quality of the wood, they will shrink and distort over a short period and be rendered unplayable fairly quickly. —The cheaper ones have wood that is often not dry enough, but the more expensive ones will often have much better wood.What is the price of good quality violin? ›
How much does a Violin cost? Beginner Violins generally start at a price range of Rs. 3500 and may go upto Rs. 50,000.Are cheap violins any good? ›
It can easily cost more than value of the instrument itself just to make it playable at all, to say nothing of actually sounding good. In short, while they may be inexpensive, VSOs are ultimately a waste of money.
Is it hard to learn violin at an older age? ›
The violin can be a challenging instrument to learn, especially as an adult, so it's important that you find a teacher who has experience teaching adult learners.How do you tell if a violin is good or not? ›
When you look at the seams of the violin, they should be elegantly sealed with no visible glue or rough edges. The more finely carved the scroll, the higher the quality of the violin. On a quality violin, the purfling, or the thin black lines that outline the top of the violin, will be inlaid, rather than painted.What are the top 10 violins? ›
- Cremona. ...
- Cecilio. ...
- Mendini. ...
- Yamaha. ...
- Eastman. ...
- Franz Hoffman. ...
- Carlo Lamberti. Pros: High-quality maple and spruce, ebony fingerboard, hill-style ebony pegs, good value. ...
- Primavera. Pros: Lower end of price spectrum, produces good sound, satin varnish gives antique appearance.
The Alard Stradivarius
His instruments are highly regarded and often sell for six figure sums at auction thanks to their unique sound and esteemed history. Created in 1715, in Stradivari's 'golden period' this violin takes its name from French violinist Jean-Delphin Alard, its most famed owner.
- Outline your personal goals. ...
- Evaluate teaching credentials and performance history. ...
- Find possible instructors in your area. ...
- Reach out through your community. ...
- Talk to other parents and students. ...
- Ask specific questions about the learning style.
- Buy from a reputable, authorized music store, instrument dealer or luthier. ...
- Always play the violin (and bows) ahead of time. ...
- Verify the return policy. ...
- The violin should always have some type of warranty in place. ...
- Purchase instrument insurance ASAP.
Although there really is no set timetable, in general, students are ready for a better violin after three to four years of playing on a beginner violin. However, some students may be ready for an advanced instrument after the first or second year, while it may take others longer.Is it better to buy a new or used violin? ›
Generally speaking, violins (or violas or cellos) are like almost any other purchase you make: except for certain professional instruments, they are most valuable when they are new and will not increase in value over time. This is especially true for beginner instruments.How many years does it take to be good at violin? ›
You can make a lot of progress in just a few years if you practice hard and stay committed to learning the violin. It is reasonable to expect to reach a fairly 'professional' level in 10 years. But even after reaching a professional level, you can still improve!How long should I practice my violin each day? ›
If you arrange your violin practice in smarter ways, a regimen that includes at least 30-60 minutes per day will deliver expressive results.
What is the most sought after violin? ›
The Messiah Stradivarius
Stradivarius' Messiah violin is believed to be the most valuable in the world. What makes it so valuable is that it represents the golden period of Stradivari's work and is in like-new condition. It was played by famous violinists such as Joseph Joachim and Nathan Milstein.
Formed in South London in 1895 and now based in Reigate Surrey, in 1995 Stentor opened their own violin making factory in China. Some 20 years on they now have 200 workers in this factory making violins.How do I pick the right violin? ›
- Have a Clear Budget.
- Bring a Good Bow.
- Choose the Right Repertoire.
- Narrow Candidates Down Quickly.
- Take your time on Instruments you Like.
- Bring Another Player Along.
- Make sure the Sound Represents You.
A short answer is: yes, of course, you can learn the violin as an adult!Is 1st violin better than 2nd violin? ›
It goes something this: the first violins are superior to the second violins. The seating is built on a competitive ranking system, and everyone is placed in order of ability, as the instructor or conductor views it. The best player is in the front, the worst player is in the back.Can a beginner use a professional violin? ›
Should you start with a professional violin from the start? If you're just starting out, a student violin from a manufacturer known for high-quality professional instruments will help you get used to their style as you develop as a musician.How much should you pay for a good violin? ›
A good violin for a beginner costs about $500. A good intermediate violin will cost ca. $1,000-2,000 while a good violin for a professional violinist may cost anything between $5,000 and $50,000. Of course, you can always buy a more expensive violin as an investment, even if you're a beginner.Can a 70 year old learn to play the violin? ›
Anyone can learn to play the violin, at any age. Mastering a new skill, regardless of what it is, always involves desire, discipline and determination; and learning violin is no different. Your age does have a factor in how quickly you'll be able to adapt to the instrument.Which is harder piano or violin? ›
Violin Has A Stiffer Learning Curve
Both instruments are difficult to master, but when it comes to the start violin is much tougher. There are all sorts of awkward positions that you would need to learn. Things like how to hold the bow, placing the chin rest at just the right angle and more.
If one have good dedication in learning violin with pure heart, her/she can learn very soon. Cramping and playing can be learned within 6 months of continues practicing for 1hr daily. To grow the sense of music, it depends upon the intensity, dedication... Violin is said to be there toughest instrument to play.