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    The violin is a four stringed, hollow body instrument that is held horizontally and balanced between the chin and shoulder. It averages between 48 - 59 cm in length. The instrument is played by fingering the neck and running a bow back and forth across the strings. The strings can also be plucked by bare fingers and thumb.

    Violins have a wide range of applications in music from Orchestral to Country fiddle and Heavy Metal.

    When you borrow a violin from RPL, you will receive it in a case to protect it. You will also receive a bow, a rosin block, a shoulder rest and a tuner.

    An instrument in good condition makes better music. Please see our Care and Respect video below, to learn how to take care of the violin while you have it.

    Never played before? No problem! You can also access free step-by-step video lessons for a variety of instruments through our digital services:

    Artist Works for Libraries
    LinkedIn Learning
    Gale Courses

    Instrument photos courtesy of Vancouver Public Library. Care video courtesy of Toronto Public Library

    Learn Violin


    We have a variety of stringed instruments such as acoustic guitars (nylon-stringed and steel-stringed in vario...
    You'll need a valid Regina Public Library account in good standing with less than $10 owing in outstanding fee...
    No. Instruments are only available to Regina Public Library cardholders. They cannot be checked out with Commu...
    You can borrow an instrument by yourself! Just be sure to bring your library card (or digital barcode in our a...
    You can borrow one instrument at a time.
    The loan period for instruments is 21 days.
    If no one has requested that instrument, you can renew for an additional 21 days. There is a limit of two rene...
    Yes, but there is a limit of only one instrument hold per card at any given time.
    Instruments are kept at Central Library and Sherwood Village Branch. If you know which instrument you want to ...
    You'll have seven days to pick up your instrument after it becomes available for pick-up. The person that plac...
    There are books and DVDs in the library collection that can help you learn to play the instrument. Our LinkedI...
    Instruments must be returned to the location you borrowed them from during open hours.
    A late fee of $1 per day will be added to your library account, up to $42.
    As with other library materials borrowed, you are responsible for musical instruments borrowed on your card an...
    We welcome donations of gently used stringed instruments, keyboards, and light percussion.
    We cannot accept wind instruments or pianos.
    If you'd like to donate an instrument, you can bring it to Long and McQuade (1445 McIntyre Street) or Central ...
    As with other donations to Regina Public Library, the library reserves the right to decide on the disposition ...
    No. Charitable tax receipts will not be provided for donated instruments.

    • Learn to Play the Violin (series of lessons on Youtube)

    • Free Fiddle Lessons (lessons from Julia Plumb on Youtube)

    Helpful Links

    • Violin Online (free violin music, use and care tips and basic instruction)

    • The Violin Site (information about violins and free violin sheet music)

    Helpful Apps

    • Tuner Lite (iTunes) (violin tuner)

    • Tuner gStrings Free (Google Play) (violin tuner)

    • Trala: Learn Violin (iTunes) (lessons)

    • MyOngaku (iTunes) (Suzuki practice lessons)

    • Violin Lessons with Florence Altenburger (iTunes) (beginner lessons)

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