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Learn to Play Violin


Shape Young Minds with Music

It is said that the sound of the violin is the musical instrument closest to the human voice!  Like most things you learn in life, what you get out of your lessons depends on what you invest in them.  We have students as young as 6 years old and adult students up to and including those who are retired.

Learning music can be compared to learning a language.

Music is not a language, but the learning process is quite similar. Practice and immersion in the language gives you a foundation to build upon.  It is the same in learning the violin. If you know how to read music, you already have a great head start. The first and most basic form of learning any instrument involves knowing how to read music.  If you don’t read music, learning to read music is part of the skills you will learn in your violin lessons. Tatiana will help you learn to read music and show you the proper fingering, bowing, and other mechanics involved in playing the violin. Tatiana teaches in your foundation lessons.

Will it be hard or difficult? Yes, absolutely!

Bowed instruments are difficult to learn. They are very complex and sensitive instruments, so it takes a lot of good quality lessons and good quality practice to be able to play tunes beautifully and achieve the realistic goal you should set for yourself.   This is where a good violin teacher is most important!  Getting a good foundation is essential.  A good foundation, such as posture and holding and drawing the bow properly is necessary for you to achieve eventual success.

Are you committed to doing what it takes? Is your goal realistic?

There are many ways you can take music lessons.  Online, YouTube, Self-taught, as a group in school or private lessons.  Again, like most endeavors in life, you get out of it what you put in.  In my opinion and from what I have observed, private lessons with an experienced violin teacher are the best and fastest way to learn to play the violin.  We have students who become frustrated trying to learn on their own or online and come to Tatiana to learn the right way.  The problem is they already have bad habits that need to be corrected before they can begin to achieve the success they want to achieve.

Learning to play the violin takes a lot of time and energy.

Sorry, I’d like to be honest and I don’t want to make it any prettier than it is. If you like practicing, playing around with your instrument and sorting things out, then it won’t be hard or difficult. You will have fun along the way. That’s the most important thing.  Practicing is what you will do 90% or more of the time you spend with your instrument.  Even if you are a professional, you still need to maintain your skill set and still need to practice and prepare for your performances. Tatiana has taught, played and performed as a violinist for most of her adult life.  Hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t pick up her violin and practice – to keep her skill level at its highest.  Those individuals who take the time, and put in the effort to learn to play the violin can reap rich rewards by possessing this wonderful skill. The satisfaction and joy you achieve and share with others is worth the effort!

Private instruction:

If you are going to learn to play the violin with a personal tutor. The instructor you select for lessons is critical to your success.  Just because someone knows how to play violin does not mean they know how to teach effectively.  Maybe you are in school and in the orchestra. A private teacher is also a wonderful enrichment for a serious student to have in addition to group lessons offered at a school.  All of Tatiana’s students are playing in Honor Orchestra or first or second chair in their respective orchestra.

The main thing to remember: when you employ a personal violin instructor is to practice, practice, and practice! A weekly lesson and no practice will not give you the results you want.  You must take what you learned in the lesson, go home and practice to re-enforce by using your hands and muscles to help remember and retain the information.

You can call Tatiana to discuss lessons

(702) 769-7685


The influence of violin music on society

It is believed that the discipline of learning to play violin contributes to people’s cognitive function.  You want to improve your brain power? Learn to play violin!

The influence of music on society can be clearly seen from modern history. Music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. When he could not figure out the right wording for a certain part, he would play his violin to help him. The music helped him get the words from his brain onto the paper.

Albert Einstein is recognized as one of the smartest men who ever lived. When Einstein was young, he did extremely poorly in school. His grade school teachers told his parents to take him out of school because he was “too stupid to learn” and it would be a waste of resources for the school to invest time and energy in his education. The school suggested that his parents get Albert an easy, manual labor job as soon as they could. His mother did not think that Albert was “stupid”. Instead of following the school’s advice, Albert’s parents bought him a violin. Albert became good at the violin. Music was the key that helped Albert Einstein become one of the smartest men who has ever lived. Einstein himself says that the reason he was so smart is because he played the violin.

Spring is in the Air

We had a late winter this year but the good news is Spring is almost here.  Spring and Fall are some of the best seasons to enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer.

Wedding season is kicking into high gear and we are excited to see how many brides want violin to be part of their wedding experience.

We would like to remind you that while violin is great for weddings, it is special for so many other occasions like a surprise party, wedding proposal, corporate event, etc!

Holiday Weddings

Well the holidays are fast approaching.  While this is a busy time of year, what better time to plan a wedding?  The weather is ideal and friends and family are in a good mood and looking for an excuse to come to Las Vegas.

There are so many great venues to choose from.  If you need help or suggestions, just call Terry.

Beautiful Indian Wedding

Happy to be part of such a beautiful wedding! 

Beautiful beginning of wedding at Green Valley Ranch

Beautiful beginning of wedding at Green Valley Ranch


Planning your Wedding

Spring is upon us and Wedding planning is in full swing!

Whether you are planning a simple wedding or an elegant gala affair.  Las Vegas, being the wedding capital of the world, has a package and program for whatever you are looking for.

Want Elvis…. Check   Outdoor with a horse drawn carriage… Check   Simple wedding with mountain background… Check .  If you can imagine it, Las Vegas can create it for you!

If you want to add something special to your wedding, consider adding Tatiana as a violinist to help create the perfect wedding moment.  Tatiana plays as guests arrive to be seated, as the wedding party and officiant take their places and the various parts of the ceremony as well as when the bride and groom and wedding party depart.

Surprisingly affordable yet very magical,  Call for quote today!  It is never too early to book as the busy wedding season is upon us.  702.682.5202

Someone Very Special

Do you have someone special in your life!

This someone “Special” can be anyone you love and admire and someone who makes you happy that this person is in your life.  It can be a sibling, a parent, a boyfriend, girlfriend. secret friend.  It may be your wife or husband.  No matter who it is, this is the time of year when you have a chance to acknowledge how special they are to you!

In my early days of growing up, it was my grandmother that I usually honored on Valentines Day.  She sacrificed to put a roof over my head and to be sure there was enough food of the table.  As I got older, other people came into my life to influence my thinking.

I think Valentines Day is more than just flowers and candy.  I think it should be a time of reflection to acknowledge all the love others have shown you and a chance for you to review how other people have come into your life to impact it in a meaningful way!

Happy Valentines day




Selecting music for wedding ceremony


Selecting music for your wedding ceremony

It is one of the most important days of your life.  You are getting married!  There is a lot of planning to do.  One of the important factors to consider is music for your wedding ceremony.

Your wedding ceremony music helps set the tone for your entire event.  Are you going to have a traditional wedding or go for something more contemporary?  The wedding ceremony music creates the mood, evokes emotion and serves as a guide to the progression of the ceremony.

There are a variety of musical instruments to choose from.  The church organ is the most traditional instrument but other popular instruments include the violin, guitar, flute, harp and piano.  You may want to consider hiring a duet, trio or quartet.  You may also want a vocalist to sing a song during the ceremony.

Hiring for ceremony and cocktail hour.  Often when you hire a musician to perform at your ceremony, you can ask them to stay and play at your cocktail hour or reception as well.  You should be able to negotiate the fee for both aspects up front.  Keep in mind that along with the actual playing time, your fee also includes the musician’s practice and preparation of music before the event, travel, set-up , hold time, playing as guests arrive to be seated, the ceremony, and as wedding party and guests depart.

What can you expect to spend?   Ceremony music can span a wide range depending on the type of instruments, the number of musicians and quality of artists.  Las Vegas has a lot of outdoor weddings. How suitable are the instruments for your venue?  Is power needed?  You can expect to pay between $150-$300 for a solo artist to more than $1,200 for a string quartet.  If you have a special song request that the artist must buy and learn, expect to pay between $50 and $100 dollars

The magic moment is here!  The wedding couple and bridal party are about to make their grand entrance and walk down the aisle. What wedding ceremony music did you select?  You may consider the traditional Wagner’s “Here Comes the Bride” and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.  Or are you more contemporary, looking for a song that captures your spirit like “Marry Me” by Train.  Many of these songs are also used for processionals and recessionals and/or serve as prelude music or postlude music.

Here are some steps to help you make the right musical decisions:

  1. Decide what type of wedding ceremony suits you best as a couple? Classical or Contemporary.
  2. Consider the setting of your nuptials? Church, Wedding Chapel, Outdoor Wedding?
  3. Evaluate the religious or non-religious undertones such as candle lighting or rose ceremony or any other special moments that music can underscore.
  4. Decide on the main instrument. Violin is a beautiful accompaniment as well as flute, guitar or organ. String duet or trios are popular and can be paired with other instruments.
  5. Allow music professionals that play wedding venues to help you make the right musical decisions and book well in advance to secure your date and time and to allow adequate preparation.
  6. Ask for musical samples including videos and/or audio and also ask for sample of musician’s repertoire.

If you are considering a solo, duet or string trio, The Las Vegas Violinist ( Tatiana Barone, brings romantic charm to every wedding.

Learning to Play Violin

From Jazz, Blues, Country to Classical music, you will find the influences of the violin

The Violin is one of the most beautiful and versatile instruments you can learn to play.  

Violin has it origin in Classical music and great composers like Paganini,Bach and Dvorak, to name just three, composed and performed beautiful  violin music. The violin has been around for over five centuries, and the instrument continues to draw some of the greatest talents from around the world.  Today we have the genius of Itzahk Perlman, Joshua Bell and modern day artists like Vanessa May, David Garrett and popular Lindsey Sterling.

Learning to play violin takes dedication and practice.  A property foundation is essential if you want to be proficient with this instrument.  Lots of practice and you will see the reward of being able to play a variety of music to fit your musical taste and delight your audiences!

Just because someone knows how to play violin, doesn't mean they know how to teach violin!  This is two different skill sets.  Too often we get students who have played violin for two or three years and have developed bad habits and have not advanced as they should.  Once these bad habits are corrected, it is impressive how a dedicated student can move forward.

Tatiana has taught violin and piano for years at Russian University before coming to the United States.  Her teaching skill gives her students a leg up and a faster path to learning to play violin  than most other teachers.  

If you are interested, call Tatiana, make an appointment and be prepared to be impressed! (702) 769-7685





Tis the Season!

Yes, holidays are almost here and I love American holidays.  I also like the cooler weather and the hope for snow on Mt. Charleston.   What are your party plans for the upcoming holidays?  Think about spicing up your party with live violin music!

I play with accompaniment as strolling violinist.  People love it and will admire your creativity and musical selection.

Call us to discuss your plans and lets see what we can do to add to the enjoyment of your next party!




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