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Electric Violin
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Hi again Mr Fisher ! I just want to know what is your take on electric violins because I plan on buying one next year so I'd like to know more about it before I do. I like to perform pop and house music on my violin like the American Dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling. I already started by composing the chorus to Adele's "Skyfall" which I'd like to send to you.

Hi Divonia,

Thanks for your question.  Unfortunately, I'm not an expert in electric instruments and haven't messed around with them much.  We carry only traditional acoustic violins in our shop.  With that said . . .

I'd say, if you like the sound and response of the electric, go for it.  There are a variety of electric instruments out there.  Most will require the use of an amp.  You'll have more control over the sound electronically - adding effects, reverb, flanging, distortion, etc.  And, it's easier to plug into a sound reinforcement system if you perform.  

The trade-off is that no pedal effect will give you the rich acoustic sound of a good violin - if that's what you want.  But, if you're playing pop music you may not want or need that.  There are also pickups you can get for an acoustic instrument - both clip-on pickups and ones that must be installed by a pro.  These would also give you electronic control of the sound, but don't look as snazzy as electric violins.  And electrics just have a different feel and quality to them.  Try them out and see what you like.  It's all a matter of what sound you're after and what you can afford.

Good luck with the composing!

Best Regards,
Jim Fisher  


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I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Lebanon Valley College, as well as certificates in violin repair, violin maintenance, and bow rehairing from the Violin Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

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