Zlata’s Violin Gear
Exactly what I use as a professional violinist and recommend to my violin students
Violin, bow, strings, rosin, case and more
german violin from 1840
Arcus S9 round violin bow
Gewa Air 1.7 shaped violin case
Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold violin strings
Viva la Musica Diamond shoulder rest
A shoulder rest should be comfortable and adjustable, but it’s also important that it doesn’t get in the way of the resonance of your violin. This shoulder rest is made of maple and has specially designed feet that don’t mute your violin.
This is an orchestra mute that actually sounds good! It mutes, but it doesn’t change the tonal character of your violin, like most mutes do. This one is for con sordino playing. If you’re looking for a practice mute, choose a heavier violin mute.
What I also recommend…
For tuning I’d recommend learning to tune with an old fashioned tuning fork. However, as a beginner or if you don’t have a fork at hand, my free online violin tuner is very handy. Another device I recommend all the time is the D’Addario Micro Tuner, which you can also use to correct your intonation while practicing.
I’ve made the ultimate free online metronome with rhythm patterns and more. Despite of it I still have a love/hate relationship with metronomes in general ;).
Also I’d like to point out some scale books I’d recommend, etude books and my list of 107 student concertos and concertinos with free sheet music.
Violin gear questions?
I’d love to answer them in the comments below :).