Casio Privia PX-160 Review

Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the portable and affordable digital piano from Casio’s Privia line – the Casio PX-160.

Being the successor of the hugely popular PX-150 model, the PX-160 inherits many features from the previous model including the Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action II and Multi-Dimensional AiR Sound Source.

At the same time, Casio took a step forward with the PX-160 having improved the weak sides of its predecessor and added some new features.

Yamaha p45 Review

Today, we’ll be reviewing the Yamaha P-45, an entry-level digital piano with a fully weighted keyboard, 10 built-in instrument sounds, and compact design.

The P-45 and the P (Portable) line in general are Yamaha’s response to hugely popular budget pianos from Casio’s Privia line.


The goal of the digital piano is to simulate the traditional upright piano without the hefty weight and lack of portability. It is important to experience the feel of the keys as if you are playing the authentic piano.

Digital pianos, acoustic pianos, organs, and electronic keyboards can be weighted in 4 different ways. These include; not-weighted, semi-weighted, hammer action and graded hammer action type. These, mixed with the different types of touch sensibility available, can contribute to the overall feel of reality when playing a keyboard as compared to an upright or grand piano. You will be reading next are the different types of weighted keyboards that are featured on keyboards sold in the market today.

The different types of weighted keyboards:

  1. Not weighted Keyboards.

Non-weighted keyboards include most home electronic organs and pipe organs commonly found in churches and recital venues. Other non-weighted instruments are accordions and entry-level keyboards are usually aimed for a beginner. Today, most professional keyboards claim to be weighted in some way.

  1. Semi-weighted keyboards

This action is common among the budget-end keyboards and keyboards designed for portability. A spring-action key with more resistance than the usual in budget-end keyboards.

  1. Hammer action keys

When we say that a digital piano or stage electronic piano has “hammer action” keys mean that the key mechanism is in some way replicating the same action found on acoustic pianos. In this type of keyboard, the resistance comes from a small hammer located and attached by a lever system near the key, not in a spring. Manufacturers offer different types of hammer action simulation nowadays and they seek to add more realism to high-end models.

  1. Graded hammer weighting keyboards.

There is more resistance encountered in playing keys in the lower range than the upper range on acoustic pianos. Keyboards with “graded hammer weighting” or “progressive hammer-action” will deliver heavier touch on the low notes of the instrument and lighter touch on the higher notes. Keys made from wood compared to plastic delivers a real piano feel, that is why some manufacturers make high-end models out of these.


Top 5 of the Best Weighted Keyboards of 2018 

(1) Yamaha DGX-660 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Digital Piano

This contemporary digital piano gives aspiring pianists a fun way to enhance their learning experience. With this, players can feel what it is like to play with a band and sound like a pro. It gives aspiring pianists a better way to enhance their experience.

  • The Chord tracker application takes full advantage of this wireless technology. It allows you to playback songs from your IOS device song library wirelessly through the DGX-660’s speaker. It analyses the audio songs stored in your IOS device and then displays the chord symbol to you.
  • This piano offers a world-class concert grand piano sound.
  • This features an authentic piano touch, 88-note weighted GHS keyboard. Yamaha Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard offers a weighted action with heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, similar to the hammers inside an acoustic piano.
  • Its Damper Resonance feature digitally reproduces the vibration between strings on acoustic pianos.
  • It features an Easy-to-read score and lyric display. Its crystal-clear LCD can be switched to sore or lyric display, showing you notation for any MIDI song that the DGX-660 is playing.
  • The highly acclaimed Live! Cool! And sweet1 Voices feature a unique blend of long, stereo and multi-layered samples that capture the importance of each instrument, right down to genuine resonance, expression, and vibrato.
  • This unit can record performances or MIDI songs as uncompressed, CD-quality to a USB flash drive using the Audio Recorder. It has a USB Audio Recording/Playback feature. You can copy songs to your computer to make CDs and share over the internet.
  • The Smart Chord feature makes you sound like a pro, even if you are just a newbie. Smart Chord will create entire chords from simple Pop triads to complex jazz 7th and 9th chords with just a single finger on your left hand.
  • With the Style Recommender, you find styles quickly and easily when you know how the music should feel, but don’t know which style is perfect for the part. Just play a few notes in the rhythm of the song you want to perform and let the Style Recommender offer a list of matching Styles.
  • You can let your mobile music device be heard.

 (2) Casio Privia PX-770 Digital Console Piano

The world-renowned Casio Privia family of digital pianos grows with the PX-770. It is designed to bring a true grand piano experience in a slim, modern design. With its authentic piano sound, natural feel and impressive features, the PX-770 is a superb instrument for inspiring brilliant performances.

  • PIANO PURITY. The PX-770’s AiR Sound Source includes a beautiful new stereo grand piano which comes alive with realistic damper resonance. It simulates the entire body of the instrument, not just the strings.
  • WELL-PLAYED. The popular Tri-Sensor II Scaled Hammer Action piano keys give you the expression your performance needs. The Privia’s simulated ebony and ivory textures give you an authentic and comfortable touch. It is combined with an innovative hammer action that is accurately scaled across the entire key range.
  • WELL-HEARD. The Casio PX-770’s convenient features include a powerful stereo amplification system.
  • WELL-EDUCATED. With the PX-770, you can connect two sets of headphones using the ¼” jacks on the front panel, making ideal for a quiet practice.
  • WELL-APPOINTED. Using the PX-770’s two-track MIDI recorder, you can record your performances. There are 60 songs included in the built-in Music Library.
  • WELL-DRESSED. The piano is designed to compliment any décor. It is available in black, oak or white finish.
  • WELL-CONNECTED. The Pravia connects along class-compliant USB to any PC, Mac, iOS or Android device with no drivers or installations needed. The free Chordana Play for Piano app which is available for iOS and Android devices gives you complete control over every function in your piano. 

(3) Yamaha P-115 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with GHS Action 

If you’re looking for the best-weighted keyboards with 88 keys that also has plenty of digital functionality, do not look further than this addition to Yamaha’s popular P-series line.

  • The Yamaha P-115 has included the sound of Yamaha’s renowned CFIII 9’ concert grand piano and is faithfully reproduces, resulting for incredible dynamics and expressiveness making Pure CF-equipped digital pianos worthy of the Yamaha name.
  • Yamaha P-115 series are authentic to touch. Perfect for aspiring pianist, playing on GHS action builds the proper finger technique for when the time comes to perform on an acoustic piano. The matte finish of the black keys is less slippery.
  • The tweeter position of the Yamaha P-115 has been improved to be in line with the ears of the performer. This new feature and configuration assure that the instrument sounds sparkle and come alive across the entire tonal range.
  • The P-115 offers a variety of rhythm patterns which are on-board the keyboard for practice or performance. You can use the rhythms for an additional element of fun to your practice.
  • This digital piano is loaded with a variety of rich Voices, from pianos to electric pianos, organs, strings, bass and more. These Voices can be augmented by four different reverbs that you can adjust.
  • With the Yamaha P-115, you can sound like two players all by yourself by using the Pianist Styles feature.
  • It has a Digital Piano Controller application that allows you to control many functions included in Yamaha digital pianos with your iPhone or iPad.
  • The AUX outlet jacks allow audio to be sent to an external amplifier during live events, parties, and presentations. Just power-up and get connected.
  • With the Yamaha P-115, you can conserve energy with the convenient auto power off feature. The auto power off shuts down the instrument after a period of inactivity.

(4) Korg LP-380 Lifestyle Digital Piano

The Korg LP-380 Lifestyle Digital Piano offers an authentic grand piano experience in a slim design that adds style to your home. It provides a brilliant piano sound in a low-profile and slim design. The flat-top cabinet looks classy even when the key cover is closed. Its high-output amplifier and speakers flawlessly reproduce a realistic piano sound, while Korg’s flagship RH3 keybed enables expressive performances.

The prestigious Korg LP_380 digital piano features the highly acclaimed RH3 keybed, is built in Kyoto, Japan. They are made by craftsmen with the experience and expertise gained from producing some of the highest quality digital musical instruments available.

  • Slim and stylish design
  • A top-quality musical instrument made by an expert craftsman in Kyoto, Japan
  • Rich and compelling acoustic piano sounds that are enjoyable to play
  • High-output amp section produces plenty of volumes
  • RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3) keyboard
  • Reduced chassis, package size, and weight
  • Three-pedal design with half-damper support

(5) Kawai ES110 Portable Digital Piano

The Kawai ES110 Digital Piano combines a new graded hammer key action, new speaker system and 88-note piano sampling to offer an unbeatable piano experience in a low cost, lightweight portable instrument.

  • the ES110 digital piano applies Kawai’s acclaimed Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology, featuring 88-key piano sampling, to create its impressive piano sound.
  • The feel of the Kawai ES110 is superb, thanks to the Responsive Hammer Compact (RHC) Weighted-key Action, an 88-note, graded hammer action with outstanding feel and sensibility.
  • BLUETOOTH®. With the standard MIDI ports feature, the new Kawai ES110 digital piano brags integrated Bluetooth MIDI technology, allowing the digital piano to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly.
  • Lessons and Exercises. This digital piano feature songs from Alfred Publishing’s most popular first-year children’s method book.
  • Song Recorder. The Kawai ES110 offers an easy to use 3-song built-in Recorder which is ideal for self-evaluation or capturing a moment of inspiration
  • Optional Stand and Pedal. The piano’s optional designer stand attaches to the bottom of the ES110 to create an elegant look suitable for any décor.
  • Jacks and Connections. The Kawai ES110 comes with MIDI jacks useful for other musical instruments, computer, and other device connections. It has an audio Line Outputs for connecting with an external speaker system.










This article will navigate about the strings of the violin and will highlight the names the strings of the violin. Before we familiarize you with the name of the violin strings, let us give you a simple overview of the violin strings to provide more knowledge and understanding regarding the subject.

The strings of an instrument play an important role in producing the best sound your violin can produce. Most popular strings are mid-priced synthetic-core strings. Using a gut-core string can instantly warm-up an instrument. Violin players often start with the medium gauge or tension of strings to see how their instrument responds to the manufacturer’s generally balanced tension. The next part of this reading are the three types of strings that are available in the market.


  1. Synthetic-Core Strings.

These strings are made out of different types of synthetic materials such as nylon and composite fibers. Favorably, they produce a richer, fuller, and warmer tone quality compared to that of steel-core strings. Also, they have greater complexity and a wider spectrum of tone colors and can perform more subtle tonal effects than steel. Many strings have been developed to adapt the desired warmth and feel gut-core strings, however, not similar with most gut strings, their pitch stabilize fairly fast after installation. with these qualities, they are the most popular type of string for bowed players.

  1. Gut Strings

These gut strings provide warm, rich tone quality, and complex, colorful sound with the plentiful overtones produced when played. The gut strings come in either plain or pure unwound gut. These strings come in different gauges and can vary mostly in volume and response depending on the instrument.

  1. Steel-Core Strings

Steel-core strings have a thinner diameter compared to synthetic and gut strings. Primarily, they have a simple, bright and well-focused sound, a very quick response, and a good pitch quality. They produce a volume depending on the instrument they are installed on. Generally, they will give a well-adjusted instrument an edgy, thin, and cutting-through quality of sound.

What are the Four Strings on the Violin?

The violin has four strings which are all tuned in perfect fifths. Learning and memorizing the 4 strings on the violin is an important step in our learning how to play the violin. It’s simple, fun, and absolutely necessary to tune our ability to play, and our ability to improve our skills on the violin.

Whether you’re playing on Dominant, Pirastro, D’addario violin strings or more popular strings in the market, it won’t matter much if we don’t know which one we are playing.

To start, use this guide to memorize the names of the strings. Then, we can begin to learn the individual notes on each string.


  • The G string is the thickest among all strings of the violin and is, therefore, the lowest in pitch.
  • It is positioned on the left side of the violin (for right-handed players, on the right side of the violin for left-handed players).
  • The G string is positioned next to the D string.
  • The Scientific pitch is G3
  • Tuning Frequency is 196 Hz


  • The D string is one of the inside two strings placed on the violin.
  • D string is the second thickest string.
  • It is located next to the G string on the left-hand side of the violin, for right-handed players.
  • Located on the right-hand side of the violin for left-handed players, which is the easiest way to remember it.
  • Next to the D string is the A string.
  • Its Scientific pitch is D4
  • Tuning Frequency is 293.66


  • The A is another string found in the inside two strings on the violin.
  • This string is second thinnest.
  • The A is positioned directly next to the E string, on the right side of the violin for right-handed players.
  • Its Scientific Pitch is A4
  • Tuning Frequency is 440.00 Hz


  • The E string is the thinnest and the highest pitched string on the violin.
  • It is located on the right side of the violin of the right-handed players.
  • Located on the left side of the violin for left-handed players.
  • One way to locate the E string is that when you hold the violin up to your shoulder, the E string is the furthest away from your shoulder.
  • Its Scientific pitch is E5
  • Tuning Frequency is 659.26

To be familiar with the position of the strings in a violin, you have to remember that when you are holding your violin, the strings are facing you. Now, for right-handed players, the thicker strings start on the left side of the violin. It is that simple.

Generally, most violins have four strings, but there are existing violins with additional strings. Some have reached seven strings on a violin and that is the maximum. Five-stringed violins are typically used in jazz or folk music.

When is the perfect time to replace the strings? Replacing the strings should be done as soon as the strings start to wear out. Unraveled strings make the violin sound fuzzy and can also cause scratches in the fingerboard. Old strings will lose their tones and the sound they produce will become dull. Whenever the strings are losing their resonance and playability most important while using vibrato then it is time for a new set.


This article provides you with the comprehensive knowledge about the strings of a violin. From the type of strings that are available in the market, the familiarity of the names and their positions in the violin. The faster for you to become familiar with the basics of the violin strings, it will be easier for you to progress on your violin. Also, it will increase the speed in learning.





Many would say art is an expression of thoughts or feelings. It may even be an outlet or a product of a series of experiences. Some may have it as a form of stress release or relaxation, for some a hobby or even perhaps a way of living but in any way, it gives out a sense of beauty and satisfaction for people pursuing the related arts in either music or visual medium. On a personal note, I learned the basics of art in primary years and it was a fulfilling education. But yet it was a time you may see some are better than you in something. We use to have art class and have pictures laid out in front of us to copy and draw, I found out I could draw better pictures if I had a guide but not so good if otherwise. Now if you are with me on this side of the boat, this is an interesting way to learn and discover the artist in you.

One of the fiddle instruments, among the viola and cello, the violin which produces the highest pitched or sound when compared to either one of them has been a constant favorite for a hundred years or so. It has been used as a medium for a different genre of music from classical to even rock but whatsoever the instrument proved to have versatility and prowess for the one handling the instrument. It has been used with other instruments to create sweet soulful music, rhythmic fancy tune or an upbeat rock and rolling sonata.

The violin is played with a bow and until now the music it can marvelously make is unmatched by any modern instrument. It was handcrafted long ago by reputed families in Europe. Between the 16th and 18th century in Italy, the families of Guarneri, Stradivari, and Amati made these fine historical instruments that later on became a basis for other stringed musical instruments. Of the almost 1,000 in numbers made it is believed that still about 600 of it exist today. So much is a delight for a performer to be able to play in any one of this having been almost four centuries old and costing many millions of dollars.

On display or being played on, this instrument is really a work of art in every aspect. It has been featured in shows or movies usually to bring out the effect of folk or jazz music. And so one can be quite inclined to make a nice drawing or art material on something so elaborate in functionality but universal in sound. So here we go with this step-by-step guide and so easy to follow guide on how to draw a three-dimensional violin. To start with gather up some pencils, a trustworthy eraser and a couple sheets of paper that is in case you want to make not just one picture and start off a scrapbook of amateur drawn but professionally looking pictures.

Would you like to draw a violin? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished picture.

A beginner’s guide on “How to Draw a Three Dimensional Violin”:

  1. First, to form the violin’s bout, you draw a downward facing “U” shaped line. The tips of the shape should turn the line outward. And lastly to form a point which is the key to this part, attach a short curved line thereafter.
  2. To outline one side waist and the bout on the lower part, the short curved line should continue to one side of the violin. And connect it with a longer curved line to form another point.
  3. To enclose the image of the violin, complete the same lines to have a mirror image on the opposite side.
  4. A three-dimensional effect may be achieved through a series of curved lines on one side of the violin to give it shape.
  5. To form the tailpiece an elongated pentagon should be enclosed in the middle of the lower bout that which may extend to straight lines downward connected together by using a short line.
  6. Next is to make curved spiral lines on the ends of each side of the violin’s waist. A parallelogram drawn between the lines can help a bridge take shape beautifully on the picture. The top of the violin’s waist can be finished and enclosed with two curved lines to complete the shape.
  7. Next to show off the violin’s scroll and pegbox, a straight and curved line to enclose a highly irregular shape may be drawn high above the body of the violin.
  8. The picture of a violin is slowly taking shape but just not quite complete without the strings. To make this happen, straight parallel lines drawn long and vividly from the peg box to just above the tailpiece will do the trick. Add a small circle at the end of each line as well as on the tailpiece and this will make the strings and fine tuners.
  9. In drawing the turning pegs, make a pair of short straight lines that radiate from the peg box that which each ends in a circle. Next is to make a straight line from the pegbox to the upper bout that indicates the neck of the violin. To match or complete the set, draw a bow beginning with three parallel lines. To a final touch, using curved lines enclose an irregular shape at the top and a small rectangle at the bottom then finally marked off with a small circle.
  10. Lastly, to give the picture life and beauty as this instrument is mostly made of wood, shades of brown would complete the picture. Voila, your three-dimensional violin is ready!

Now you have made a wonderful piece of art that speaks well for itself. You can have it framed to be displayed as is or added with other musical instruments. And after this, I am pretty sure there will be more for your personal collection of self-drawn pictures about anything under the sun.





Centuries ago, children are just mere spectators in stage plays or shows.  As children, they are expected to do things that they are supposed to do like playing around with other children. But as time goes by, children nowadays are more responsible and more inclined to do things that are beyond their age.  At their young age, they are encouraged to explore the world and conquer it. Some toddlers can now play a musical instrument like a professional musician.   Parents are proud to have children that have skills and talents that are well developed.  Playing musical instruments is one of the skills that are being developed to children. There are so many musical instruments to choose from.  One of the musical instruments that the kids wanted to play is the violin.  In this write-up, we will discuss about the best quality violin that your kids need to have.

There are so many factors that we need to discuss in order for you to know the quality of the best violin that will suit your kid.  We made a list of the best violins and we will discuss each one of it for you to narrow down your choices.  This reviews aims to help you to choose the best violin for your kids in order for them to enjoy playing it and to enhance their skills to the full potential.

What are the things you need to know to have the best violin for your kids? 

First, you have to consider the size of the instrument, so that it will fit your kid.  If your kid is a small one then you have to choose a violin that is best suitable for him or her.  It would be very difficult and uncomfortable for the child to learn to play the instrument if he or she has the wrong size of the instrument.  You have to let the child hold the violin on her or his shoulder and try to reach with their playing hand around the scroll comfortably with elbow bent.

Second, you also need to consider the strings.  There are different kinds of strings and you should make sure that the strings are of good quality so that it will be comfortable for the kids to play with it. There are steel string that are of good quality and it could last a long time but sometimes is it painful for the kid’s fingers. We have a list of strings with non-metals cores which includes D’Addario, Thomastik, Corelli, Pirasto and Larsen.

Third, the bridge is also important. You have to consider the placement of the bridge, its shape and its quality as well.  When buying a new violin, you have to set up the bridge correctly so that the child can play correctly and comfortably.




Fourth, the chin rest is an important part that needs proper care.  If the chin rest is not positioned correctly, it will be hard and painful for the child to hold the instrument.  Pain can make the child give up playing.   So chin rest should be fitted comfortably with the child’s chin for pleasure and comfort while playing the violin.



Fifth, shoulder rest is also essential in buying a violin.  Comfort is important especially for children who are just a beginner. If they feel uncomfortable most probably they will give up and will not play anymore.  Having a perfect shoulder rest will give a student the correct posture while playing without discomfort and pain.



Sixth, the price of the violin is also a factor that you need to consider.  There are so many expensive violins but there are also cheaper ones.  You have to make sure first whether your child is fully committed to learn to play the violin.  You do not want to regret paying much for a violin when your child decides to stop learning the violin and wants to learn another musical instrument.

Lastly, you also have to consider buying an old violin or a new one.  Buying an old violin can also save you a lot of money and for sure the quality of the music is good because it is already used regularly and kept in tuned.  New ones can be expensive and sometimes the quality of the materials used is somehow not as good as the older ones.

Recommended Best Quality Violins for Kids

  1. Cremona SV-175 Student Violin

Young children are not easy to please.  They want their things to be nice, attractive and comfortable.  So if you are looking for a beginner’s violin, Cremona SV-175 Student Violin is our best bet.  It is made for first-timers and progressing students.  Crafting a violin is very tedious that is why in making the Cremona SV-175 Student Violin, each part are checked whether it is fitted correctly or not.  The materials used in Cremona SV-175 Student Violin are the same materials used in professional violins such as spruce, maple and ebony.  These three woods are the best selections that are essential materials in creating a fine violin.  The manufacturers of Cremona violins made sure that these woods are of age to use in crafting of the violin.

The spruce wood is used for the front body of the violin, while the maple wood is used for the sides and the back part. Ebony is a very hard black wood so it is used for the fingerboards, pegs and the chinrest because these parts are the most used parts of a violin.  It is crafted to best suit the beginners level with shaped fittings for better control and adjustments for fine tunings which makes it easier for the student to play.

One factor that makes it best for the beginner is its weight.  It is lightweight so for sure the kids will love it for it will make them feel comfortable.  The strings used in Cremona are from the US which is the best choice of the violin teacher which they believe can help the children to enjoy and listen to the best music.

The overall appearance of the violin is also superb.  The varnish used is warm brown that highlights the true color and form of the wood used.  It adds beauty to the natural design of the wood which becomes classy and sophisticated yet affordable instrument.  It comes with a TL-33 violin case with a built-in hygrometer.  The bow is octagonal Brazilwood with ebony frog and unbleached horsehair.  This looks so classy and professional but in a very affordable price.

  1. Cremona SV-150 Student Violin

If your child’s skill for playing the violin is so promising, the instrument that you should choose is the one that would help in the advancement of the skill.  You have to choose the violin that will suit his or her needs and that would help enhance his or her ability to play the instrument.  If your child is in the beginner’s level, we recommend using the Cremona SV-150 Student Violin. This model of a violin is crafted with the finest woods to create a finest music that could inspire the kids to play harder.  Having the best violin will make the children motivated to always practice so that they develop their skills and to become better musicians.

This model of Cremona is hand crafted.  The solid sides made of solid maple wood are hand carved as well as the body made of spruce.  They also use ebony for the fingerboard and boxwood fittings which is proven to help for stability and smooth playing.  You can be assured that the quality of this violin is at its best because they picked the best woods to provide the best quality sound even for just a beginner instrument.

The prelude strings is made from the US and is highly recommended by the instructors for violin lessons.  The strings help in getting the best tone from playing the violin.  It shows the VP-203 Cremona 3-star bridge with warm brown varnish that shows the natural beauty of the wood.

The Cremona SV-150 Student Violin comes with the TL-33 Travelite case with built-in hygrometer which is durable and light weight.  It has LB-15 Brazilwood bow by J. LaSalle with unbleached horsehair.

This Cremona SV-150 Student Violin is a type of violin that ensures good performance with good quality tones that would definitely inspire kids to play and enjoy the violin.

  1. Mendini MV300 Student Violin

Mendini MV300 Student Violin is built for beginners but it is also undeniably built with high quality.  Many violin instructors and students recommend this model of violin because as a beginner it is easy to make a sound using this violin.

Solid spruce is hand-carved for the top and maple wood is used for the back and sides.  Maple wood is also used for the fingerboard, pegs and chin rest.  The tailpiece is made of alloy with four tuners.

Looking for a high quality violin with affordable prices and some freebies? Well, we recommend Mendini MV300.  This violin is so convenient for the beginners because it includes extra accessories for free.  It has an extra set of strings incase the student will accidentally break it while tuning.  And it also includes an extra bridge in case it breaks while the student put it on.  Inevitably, there will be occasions wherein the student might accidentally break the instrument so these extra free features are very useful as the beginner learns to play the instrument.

The case of Mendini MV300 is hard but lightweight that comes with a strap that could be worn as a backpack so it can be carry with ease.  The bow is made of Brazilwood and with Mongolian horsehair.  It also includes rosin and adjustable shoulder pad that makes a great bundle for a beginner.

  1. ADM Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Violin

If you have a tight budget but you still wanted your kid to learn how to play the violin, we recommend this ADM Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Violin.  This is cheaper than the other violin models but then it is also made not to compromise the sound quality.  It has a great design and looks.  The woods used are also durable.

Although the price is way cheaper than the other violin models, many professional players recommend this ADM Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Violin for beginners.  It gives the same feel and it helps the young players to be familiar with the different parts of the instrument.  It is best suited to those who are not yet sure if they really into playing the violin, whether they have a passion for it or they just want to try it.  And if ever your kid does not want to play anymore, it will be okay because you did not invest, much for this ADM Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Violin.

The ADM Handcrafted Solid Wood Student Violin is available in blue-black and red-brown color.   Those who have this kind of violin are quite impressed with the design as well as its ability to produce fine sound.  Spruce wood is used for the top and rosewood is used for the chin rest, pegs and fingerboard.  Maple wood is hand-carved and used for the back, sides and neck part.  The tailpiece is made of alloy with four fine tuners.

It has a Brazilwood bow with extra bridge and an extra set of strings that is quite useful in case the player breaks it.  The casing which can be worn as a backpack is made of sturdy nylon in the outside while padded inside for the safety of the instrument while in transport.

We have showed you the different factors that you need to consider in buying a violin.  We also have showed you our recommendations and our top picks violin models.  We do hope that we helped you in making the decision regarding the violin that your kid need.






 An Introduction:

Different Styles of Digital Piano

There are three styles of digital pianos; the slab, console and the grand. The basis in choosing which style you like highly depend on the use, space limitations, furniture requirements, and price.

  1. Slab

This type of piano is basically a keyboard and usually pedals without a stand. If you want to take the piano to a gig, or your place needs to make the most efficient use of every area, the slab is best for you. It can be placed on a stand or table for practice and stuck in a closet when not in use. You must remember that slabs weigh from 20 to 85 lbs, so be sure to choose one with a weight that you can carry. They generally come with a single pedal but for other models, optional stands and three-pedal units are available. It is possible that you will be buying the slab, stand and pedal unit separately and put them together.

  1. Console

A keyboard with a stand or cabinet that contains a built-in pedal assembly is called a console. It may look like an upright acoustic piano or organ, or simply as a digital piano. Consoles commonly have a stand and pedal assembly built-in at the factory. But, as mentioned, many slabs can be turned into a console by separately buying a stand with an integrated pedal assembly.

The console’s cabinetry models range from flat side supports with a cross member of stability, to elegant designs that would look at home in the classiest surroundings.

  1. Grand

If you want your piano to be placed in elegant surroundings, you must choose the grand-style piano. This digital grand piano comes in about 3 – 5 feet. Similar to some console models, these are often available in a variety of wood-grain finishes and the polished ebony finish common in today’s acoustic grand. Among the three styles, the grand is the most expensive. You will usually pay a higher price for an elegant furniture.

You must understand that there is little or no relationship between an instrument’s physical style and its musical features. Slabs are commonly used onstage by professional musicians while grand-digitals may have features no better than the non-grand versions. However, the ample spaces enclosed by a grand piano cabinet and some console cabinets can hold larger and well-positioned speakers, importantly woofers. These features and the sympathetic vibration of a wood cabinet results to a better sound quality from the onboard speakers compared to some digital pianos without cabinets like slabs.

Enough for a little background and introduction about the digital pianos and keyboards. Now let’s go find some affordable keyboard piano that fits your lifestyle. Playing the piano is good for you, the activity stimulates the brain, improves memory, promotes happiness and more. In some instances, a traditional piano will not work as they can be expensive and will take a larger space. And if you are sharing space with other people, your play and practice will be limited also. Now if you are looking for a digital piano that will save you money, space and time, there are affordable units in the market that offers a less cumbersome and cheaper alternative to the traditional and expensive one.

The best digital pianos are made to sound and feel like a traditional piano as possible. What you are about to read are the top 5 picks to you find the best piano keyboard at an affordable price.



  1. Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano

This portable grand piano has 76 non-weighted keys that use Graded Soft Touch action. Meaning, the keys are much lighter and take less force to play than a traditional piano. For beginners and or just playing for recreation but want to develop your technique eventually, this piano is a better option for you. And in the long run, if you plan to shift to a traditional piano it may be more challenging than if you went with a keyboard with weighted keys.

The Yamaha YPG-235 comes with 30 pre-programmed songs, internal speakers, stereo sound, and advanced wave memory. The Yamaha Education Suite helps you learn to play because it monitors and grades your progress along the way.

  1. Williams Legato Digital Piano

The Williams Legato digital piano is an affordable digital piano with 88 semi-weighted keys. This provides keys that are similar to those on a real piano. The Williams Legato plays five different sounds; piano, electric piano, organ, synth, and bass. It has built-in speakers as well as a metronome. This unit is portable because of its lightweight frame. It is battery operated so you can take it outdoor for social gatherings without the worry of finding a power outlet. This keyboard has excellent sound and touch response. You can seldom find a full-length keyboard at an affordable price.

  1. Yamaha NP32 76-Key Piaggero Portable Keyboard

The Yamaha portable keyboard has 76 Graded Soft Touch keys. Its compressed size makes it easy to store, transport, and play anywhere. This keyboard features a wide range of pre-programmed music and the record button allows you to save your practice sessions.

The Yamaha NP32 offers the added benefit of connecting to your iOS device so you can utilize the wide range of applications Yamaha offers. This keyboard also features several high-quality voices, from a Yamaha concert grand piano to an electric piano.

  1. Williams Allegro 88-Key Hammer Action Digital Piano

The Williams Allegro has 88 hammer-action weighted keys which give it the feel of a traditional piano, a custom sound library, and 10 sound samples. The Williams Allegro 2 may be one of the best affordable keyboard pianos for your money. This keyboard has a genuine design and it is very easy to learn and use different functions. This digital piano has built-in speakers, metronome, graphic LCD display, and easy-to-use controls that make this keyboard both fun and simple to learn and play.

  1. Yamaha NP12 61-key Entry-Level Piaggero Ultra-Portable Digital Piano

This ultra-portable digital piano is simple and user-friendly with 61 non-weighted keys, 10 preset voice and 10 preset piano demos, and a built-in stereo. You can use the unit with an AC adaptor or just rely on batteries. With the 30 minutes of non-use, the power will turn off which supports the long life of your battery.

The shorter keyboard makes the Yamaha NP12 much more lightweight and portable. But that feature can also limit your music selection. If you plan on playing more complex pieces, this is not the best choice.


Finding the best yet affordable keyboard piano is much easier when you know what you are looking for. What is your primary reason for having one? Will you be using it for practice or for performing professionally? These are just some of the considerations you need to add to the number of keys, features, number of tones, portability, and price.

For the best and affordable piano, a keyboard with 88 fully weighted keys is the best option. This will the best instrument in mimicking the feel of a traditional piano but with the convenience of a lighter smaller keyboard and suits the beginners like you.





The violin is a stringed musical instrument also known as a fiddle. It is played using a drawing bow to slide across the aligned strings. The parts of the instrument may be made from different kinds of wood and sold usually as a complete set. Although the product may be bought as new, some also prefer used ones. In looking for the rightful piece, there are some things to consider like the budget and quality.

When we talk about quality, manufacturers and brand come into focus. One worthy to be praised as one of the tops is Mendini. The company boasts of ideal products for beginners and intermediate students. They manufacture low cost but durable violins in most a complete set. They are truly budget-friendly and designed to let you experience if not equally the same with expensive kinds but explicitly as that of its similar kind.

The Mendini 4/4MV300


This model is a solid pick for students new to the violin even for just anyone who just wants to try this exquisite stringed musical instrument. It makes a warm and mellow tone when compared to the other version which is the Mendini MV200 that makes a more vibrant tone.


Simple yet elegant enough in its traditional-looking design. The Mendini MV300 is made from solid wood, handcrafted with a satin finish on a solid spruce top with maple back and sides. The fingerboard also is maple and for that dark ebony effect believed to be stained to appear so. This full size 4/4 satin antique violin comes as a complete set. So what is included when you buy the piece is all worth the expense.

This particularly lightweight stringed musical instrument also comes with a lightweight hard case to protect it along with a Brazilian bow. All this in just about 4 pounds in weight as measured. The Brazilian bow has unbleached Mongolian horsehair. The shoulder rest is adjustable and is packed with rosin having two bridges to choose from an extra set of strings. On the other hand, the chin rest has an alloy tailpiece and additionally has four fine tuners integrated into it. Although definitely better than plastic as this is a beginner’s instrument of choice, it would seem fit to also choose rosewood against maple. But as with regards to the concern on the budget, it presents itself quite worthy of purchase. The pegs then are maple too in which the included rosin cake delivers a glaze effect on it. This, in turn, prevents it from powering up in the case during shipping or storage as do other kinds.

Now, this new violin may not squeak a tune yet as soon as you get a hold of this fine piece for the first time as it is new. With most musical instrument if not all, buying a new one comes with a task at hand before being able to play it. Evidently, this is just not a consumer product you get to enjoy right away. Just as it is new, the Mendini MV300 needs to be properly set up. Now, this is quite tricky for some and may even be a hold up for some buyers. This is probably one of the few reasons some would prefer to purchase a used one. That is obviously to avoid the menial task of setting it up first. And so you would be needing some sandpaper or nail file. The process entails careful handling of the instrument so be advised to check with an experienced person or at least be guided on the steps. However, if you are confident enough and though to just go and give it a go, do so with precision and caution. Most refer to some guide on the steps or have someone show them how.  So to prepare the violin before playing, you take off the strings and apply powdery rosin into each peg.  After which you need to put some rosin to the holes at the headstock. The headstock is where you put the pegs in place. Now then you can put the peg with the attached string back into the headstock. You sand off the glaze from the rosin just so until the cake gets powdery. This is really a crucial part if not properly done could give damage on the piece and because of this, it has been sadly one of the comments given on the worthiness of the piece as a top product.

Now you may feel a kind of stiffness during the tuning process of the strings. But as mentioned earlier this initial step is important because it can prevent the strings from slipping. This, in turn, makes the string hold their tune longer and also results in a clearer sound produced. An interesting technique done by most if not all is to rap lightly the heads of each peg with your knuckle just so to get it to seat itself in the holes. Just a reminder though as the instrument is quite fragile, you need to do this lightly even like giving a cautious tap on a wall. Another thing to remember while doing all this is to prevent from trying to tune each string simultaneously.  So the sound advice is to get each string on first then after having the pegs seated and rapped into place, you can start the tuning process.

Then just so you to make you almost ready, bear in mind to not wind up one string while hastily tuning it up. In this piece, the bridge moves around so to easily nudge it into place after the adjustments. The key here is to apply tension or stress on the fret and joints then on each string one at a time being from the low to the high manner. Now the piece is ready for tuning to the right melody.

And so, still, others prefer quality over price, the Mendini MV300 presents itself as a decent product to choose from a variety of expensive looking yet highly unconventional in their respective features and prices. The Mendini trademark of excellence on durability, elegance, and budget-friendly will never be easily dismissed. All of which is topped worth a one- year warranty for possible manufacturing defects. With all this in mind then, the right piece, the proper setup, and the eager hands are all too ready to play a beautiful music.



A violin is a musical instrument which can play small and high pitched music. It is made of wood and uses metal strings. A violin has four perfect tuned strings. It is played by drawing a bow across its strings; it can also be played through plucking using the fingers and by striking the strings with the wooden side of the bow. It is one of the outstanding instruments both in ensembles or orchestra and as a solo performance.  A violin’s bow consists of a stick with a ribbon of horsehair strung between the tip and frog at opposite ends. A little trivia, did you know that a bow hair traditionally comes from the tail of a grey male horse. Some affordable violin uses synthetic fiber rather than horsehair.

A violin has a variety of size. It is made in different sizes because they are played by people of all ages. Anybody can play the violin, as long as he has the skill and the love for music. Since a violin can be played by a person of any age, from an interested child to a senior who has the passion, the size you will be using depends on your age and body size. The best size will be the one that gives you much comfort and can make you play perfectly.

There are 8 main sizes of a violin. When we say violin size, it refers to the length of the body of the violin; this does not include the neck and the scroll.

Adults use a full-size violin, but it still depends on the physical body size of a person. As long as it will give you the best comfort, and proper holding position, it will be the best size for you. One thing important is that you will be able to grip the top of the fingerboard with your hand while you can still be able to bend your arm easily at the elbow.

Measuring the perfect size of a violin for you comes in two ways. First, you just have to stand up straight and hold out your arm with palm facing upwards. You just have to measure the length from the neck to your wrist. Do the measurement from the left side of the body. Secondly, you can measure from the neck until the middle of the palm. It is much better to choose the bigger size next to your actual size.

Here is a table showing the average length of a violin using the neck to palm way of measuring the size.

Violin Size Neck to Palm Measurement
1/16 33.25 cm or less, 13 inches
1/10 36 cm , 14-1/4 inches
1/8 38.5 cm, 15-1/4 inches
¼ 44 cm, 17-1/4 inches
½ 48.25 cm , 18-3/4 inches
¾ 52 cm , 20-1/2 inches
4/4 56 cm, 22-1/4 inches


An undersized or oversized violin can develop pain in the back and neck if not properly chosen. An oversized violin for a child will be too heavy for a child to carry. Playing a heavy violin will make their hands tired and would lead to a pain in the neck down to their back.

A half-sized violin is neither too big or too mall. It is the middle size available with the average length of 20.5 inches.

A full sized violin is 23.4 inches and is also called the 4/4 violin. The sizes and lengths of violins changes depending on the brand. And also, there are violins which are made exclusively for men and some for women.

Sizes of a Violin

1)    Size 1/16. This is the smallest size available in the market. This is best suitable for kids’ ages 3 to 5 years old.

2)    Size 1/10. A little bit bigger of 1 to 2 inches compared to size 1/16. Best for 4 to 5-year-old kids.

3)    Size 1/8. This instrument size measures 17 inches and should be paired with a 19.25-inch bow. The size is appropriate for 6-year olds.

4)    Size ¼.  Perfect for beginners aging 5 to 7 years old. This size has a length of 19 inches.

5)    Size ½.  The half-sized violin suitable for players with 20-inch measurement. It can give good transitions from small to big models.

6)    Size ¾. The length of this violin is around 21 inches. This is best paired with a 27-inch bow. It is suitable for players measuring 21.5 – 22 inches.

7)    Size 7/8. This unit measures approximately 22.5 inches. This is perfect for people with small hands or young adults.

8)    Size 4/4. This violin is the standard size of a full-size violin. Anyone who can play it comfortably and can reach the perfect tunes with the correct notes will be the perfect match of this instrument.

One of the problems that you may encounter in purchasing or need to reconsider in buying a violin is when your child is growing quickly. As a parent, you only want the best possible value out of the purchases you make. So if this is the case, it is best that you rent for a violin for a period of time. This is a more affordable and wiser way instead of buying several violins in succession.

Another idea to save is to skip sizes. Some children do not necessarily go through all those 8 sizes. At some age where your child can play those fourth finger notes in tune, then it will be fine to go to the next size.

It is fulfilling when you witness your child making a mark and big progress on his violin lessons. So at a given time that your child has a mastery of the instrument, and have the willingness to take it seriously, it is best to purchase a high quality through a bit affordable instrument.

When buying a violin, it is the best buy if you purchase by set, which is with the inclusions of a bow and its violin case together. You can save more.




Violins: A Brief History

The violin was first known in the 16th century in Italy. It is often called a fiddle when used in Classical music scenes or in a folk music context. Although the earliest stringed instruments at that time were mostly plucked, versions of this bowed string instrument came out from all over the world. In the East, the Erhu from China and the Morin Khur, which evolved from the rabab, are relatives of the violin.

Earliest pictures of violins, with three strings then, are seen in Northern Italy around 1530, while explicit descriptions of the instruments, including its tuning, was published in 1556 yet. Just about the same time when the violin has already begun to spread throughout Europe.

Compared to its’s ancestors, the violin is a class by itself. The different versions of the instrument did not develop gradually over time but appeared in its current form suddenly around 1550. Violins produced by the earliest violin makers recorded in history, Andre Amati and Gasparo di Bertolotti, still exist today.

Getting to Know the Violin

The violin has 9 important parts. All of which play a significant role in the quality of sound that the instrument produces.

The bow is the tensioned stick with hair affixed to it that when moved across some part of a musical instrument, causes vibration, and emits sound.

The largest part of the violin is the hollow body shaped like an hourglass. Its main function is to amplify the sound of the strings.

Here is a long piece of wood that sticks out from the body, called the neck. It is where the fingerboard is glued. This is where the musician presses down on the strings. Right above the neck is the pegbox, where the adjustment of the strings happens.

There are two holes found in the body of the violin-shaped like italicized Fs. These are called the f-holes, where the sound of the instrument comes out. Changes in the size, shape, and length of these holes can change the sound produced by the violin.

A piece of wood is found in the body of the violin where the strings lay on top of, called the bridge. Passing over the bridge, the ends of the strings connect to the tailpiece.

At the bottom of the body is a chin rest, which helps the musician support the violin while playing.

Finally, the strings.

The Violin Strings

Probably the most important part of the violin is its strings. Violin strings were first made of catgut (sheep intestine), which was stretched, dried and twisted. But through the years, innovations have been made in terms of materials used. Modern-day strings may be gut, solid steel, stranded steel or various synthetic materials such as nylon wound with various metals, and sometimes plated with silver.

There are four strings in a violin. From high to low pitch, the strings on the violin are E, A, D and G.

E String

The highest pitch of the instrument is produced by the E string. Naturally, it is the thinnest string of all. It is located on the right side of the violin (for right-handed players). When holding up to your shoulder, the E string is the farthest from your head.

Only the E string has an adjuster so that it can be easily tuned, while the others rely on tuning pegs for tuning. Recently, however, with the developments and advancement in technology, some violins come with four adjusters already for any musician’s convenience.

The E string on the violin is always tuned last. Simply because there’s a fine tuner for it, and it’s a steel string.

A String

The A string is the second thinnest string located right beside the E string. The A string is always first to be tuned to a standard pitch (440 Hz). When accompanying or playing with another instrument, the violin tunes to it.

D String

This is the second thickest string of a violin and is one of the inside strings found between the A and the G strings. The D string is the perfect partner of the A string when tuning the instrument.

G String

The lowest pitched string in a violin is the G string, the thickest of the four. Musicians usually worry about this string when tuning, as it is used a lot sometimes. It is removed so slightly from A that it’s very easy to get wrong. The string has also the tendency to stretch and the pitch falls slightly in the course of a long piece.

More About Violin Strings

While violins mostly have four strings, there are versions of the instrument with five or more, as many as seven strings. The seven-stringed violin is very rare and are typically used in jazz or folk music. The extra strings on these models are typically lower in pitch than the G, usually tuned to C, F and B flat. Some custom-made instruments have extra strings which are not bowed, but which sound sympathetically from the vibrations produced by the bowed strings.

Strings also have a limited lifetime. The mass of the string can become uneven along its length due to several factors like oil, dirt, corrosion, and rosin that may accumulate. There are also instances such as winding of the string and coming undone while playing that may cause the string to break. Sometimes, the strings stretch too far enough, lose the desired tone, brilliance and intonation that musicians want to replace them already.

Choosing the best strings for your violin can be a matter of personal preference. But regardless of what brand you buy, keep in mind that the type and quality of the strings can significantly affect the sound of your instrument. There is also the factor of compatibility of the brand and type of the string with the brand and type of violin.

Memorizing the Violin Strings

To commit to memory the violin strings in order to increase your progress in learning to play the violin is non-debatable. When a musician is able to memorize the strings and it becomes part of the unconscious mind can emotions and feelings take over? Only then can we say that the musician and his instrument becomes one.