Ed Motter-Vlahakos has been teaching for 20 years and offers violin lessons in Clear Lake, Texas, for children and adults, focusing on technical mastery, reading and improvisation in a variety of genres like traditional Irish fiddle, early-music, bluegrass, middle eastern, classical, and jazz. Ed is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, and many of his previous students have placed highly in the UIL Region competition and gone on to perform in the both the State Orchestra and professionally. To inquire about violin lessons in Clear Lake, Texas at Nassau Bay Music Lessons, please contact us with any scheduling or other questions you may have.
This isn’t meant to be at all discouraging, but among music psychologists the violin is known as a comparatively difficult musical instrument to learn, mainly due to the many technical hurdles which must be overcome to excel. When playing a note on the piano, for instance, merely touch the right key and a perfectly clear note is sounded, in tune, with no further manipulation needed by the musician. However when performing the same feat on a violin one must be constantly aware not only of the weight, angle, and velocity of the bow, but also that the fingers of the left hand are in precise placement producing good tone and intonation. The mind and body must be in absolute unison, in a carefully choreographed ballet between the performer and the instrument to play even the simplest of passages with any measure of beauty and grace. For this reason, violin is frequently chosen as a beginner instrument for children, and after the many hours necessary to perfect the craft the student has unwittingly discovered not only the boundless joy inherent in the unfettered creation of music but also some substantial degree of discipline in themselves.