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    Electric violin for an total beginner?

    Hey there.

    I think I've made my mind and want to try to learn the violin. I like to try our Things myself first, so I'm going to give it a try before I'll find a teacher.

    However, I live in a dorm, so I can't make a lot of noice. therefore I've been looking into Electric violins, as they can be muted.

    I've never even had my hands on a violin before and I don't really know anything about them or gear/ accessories I might need.

    So what could a good violin for a complete beginner be? It has to be somewhat cheap, as I do still not know, if I'm going for the long run or giving it up in a few months.

    Thanks in advance.

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    The only experience I have of this instrument is hearing it at a concert and I was not impressed by the sound but if you can learn the fingering and positions it can't do any harm and one day you may convert to a real Violin, I am not sure if the bowing technique would be the same but go for it.
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    Very popular with parents. My daughter has one, which we are grateful for. Has become generally popular since its has been used by some jazz and pop violinists. Obviously it has a different sound to a classical violin,.

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    Stephan Grapelli used an acoustic violin and produced a sound that has never been bettered IMO his recordings with Django Reinhardt and of course the Quintete du hot club de France are legendary here is a video clip Grapelli comes in about half way, I have always loved this group.

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    Solid body electric violins are silent but different to play than acoustic violins. They don´t sound as nice.
    Others are semiacoustic and there are also classic violins with pickups.
    You need an amplifier and an instrument cable in addition. You can use some effects (on the amplifier or extra devices) and maybe headphones.
    This is my favored,

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    I think that you may like this model, just take a look here at this product with inbuilt headphones.

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    Oh I forgot to give the link musicchamber.net/estore/electric-violin/ here it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    Considering I grew up taking albums out of the library,
    Louis Armstrong, Night Train Lane, Acker Bilk,
    when I liked Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson and Deep Purple,
    I wasn't hot on Django Reinhardt, thinking he sounded mild and plinky.
    But once you start listening, the energy and interplay attracts you right away.
    Stephan Grappeli is lucky the devil decided to go down to Georgia.
    He didn't have to take any hits from a hot rod Lincoln.
    I meant to reply to your post John but it went clear out of my head, considering his disability I reckon Django did good I have taken the liberty of pasting a few lines from Wiki
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    Reinhardt is often regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time and is the first important European jazz musician who made major contributions to the development of the idiom. Using only the index and middle fingers of his left hand on his solos (his third and fourth fingers were paralyzed after an injury in a fire), Reinhardt invented an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called 'hot' jazz guitar) that has since become a living musical tradition within French Gypsy culture. With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, he co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, described by critic Thom Jurek as "one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz."[
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