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Choosing Between The Acoustic And Electric Violin



Acoustic And Electric Violin

The violin has been around for centuries but became popular around the 16th century when Amati and Stradivari created the instruments that you know today.

Music is a fantastic hobby to have that brings many great benefits at any age including altering moods, reducing stress, creating neural paths, and even helping people with dementia and Alzheimers.

Learning to play an instrument is a great way to create music for yourself and for others to listen to, and one of the beautiful things about learning an instrument is that the hobby can keep growing and evolving throughout your whole life.

If you are choosing an instrument then the violin is a great place to start but if you are unsure you can read below why the violin is a perfect instrument and also whether to choose between acoustic and electric.

Why play the violin?

Whether you are an adult beginner learning the violin or a child taking up your first instrument, the violin has something for everyone. It has many health and personal benefits including improving motor skills, gaining better posture, upper body strength, and can improve memory and attention span. It is also a great way to improve your social life as you can play with others and form connections online and in your local area.

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One of the greatest aspects of a violin is the different musical styles that can be played on it. You might think of a violin as being a bit stuffy and only used for classical music but you would be wrong.

The violin can be used in bluegrass, jazz, pop, folk, and more genres than you might imagine. There is even a Hip-Hop duo called Black Violin who use the violin and viola to great effect. U2, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and even Kanye West have used violins in their music.

Should you choose an electric or acoustic instrument?

So, assuming you are sold on the idea of learning the violin you now need to decide whether to buy an electric or acoustic version.

Electric violins are one of the coolest musical instruments available. They can look fantastic and certainly have some advantages over a classical or acoustic violin. But, are looks enough?

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There are a couple of questions to ask yourself about your choice of violin:

Are you just starting out?
Will you be taking lessons?
What genres of music are you planning to play?

If you are a beginner and planning to study then it is nearly always recommended that you purchase an acoustic violin to learn on. Some teachers may not even teach you if you have an electric violin. The reason for this is the sound and you can see more about this below in the advantages and disadvantages of both violins.

The other consideration is the type of music you are going to play. If you already have some musical knowledge you might want to go straight for an electric violin because it suits your needs. If you want to incorporate a violin into jazz, rock, or pop music then you might find an amplified sound of an electric violin better.

The pros and cons of acoustic and electric violins

There are some obvious differences between the two types of violins and the initial one you will notice is the visual design. Acoustic violins generally all look very similar whereas electric violins are open to much more creative designs and finishes. The next two differences are the sound they make and amplification.

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Acoustic violins
An acoustic violin will sound how a violin should. That might seem obvious but the electronic version has a different sound that comes from the strings instead of the hollow body of the acoustic one making them very different instruments.

Therefore, if you want to really understand how a violin sounds and feels you should choose an acoustic version. However, if you are into being creative and playing with amplification and different sounds then the electronic violin has more scope.

Electric violins
Just as you can amplify an electric guitar you can do the same with an electric violin. In fact, you will have to as it doesn’t have any natural form of amplification. However, you are open to using different effects and using other tools such as loo-pedals to create more creative music.

If you are unsure about which version to choose then this comparison on can help show what an electric violin can do as opposed to the acoustic version. Both violins are great instruments and the choice will come down to your skill level and requirements.


Music is a wonderful hobby and can lead to a career. You could become a music teacher or use music in therapy to help people, or you can just enjoy playing an instrument at home. Compare the two violins against their pros and cons and after you make your purchase you will be enjoying the benefits of this lovely instrument.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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