FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I receive. If you can’t find an answer to something here, check out my news posts for other topics and information!

Q: How long have you been playing the violin?

A: I have been playing on and off for about 20 years, and I studied privately for about 13 of those years.

Q: What type of violin do you use?

A: My violin is a hand made Italian violin from the 1780s.

Q: Can you recommend a good violin brand for me?

A: I don’t know how to recommend any “brands” necessarily because I have used hand made instruments ever since I started using a full sized violin. If you’re looking for something inexpensive to start out on, I would advise you to find a local string instrument store to try as many violins in your price range as possible and make your decision based off of what you like the best.

Q: Do you have any original songs?

A: Yes! My newest album is all original music and it’s available in my store: Taylor Davis (Original Album).

Q: Will you send me the sheet music for _______?

A: Unfortunately it’s very difficult to get copyright licensing for sheet music so at this time I’m unable to transcribe most of my arrangements for sheet music. I do have a small selection of cover songs that I was able to obtain licensing for, as well as sheet music from my original album. You can find all available sheet music in my store here!

Q: Do you think it’s too old for me to learn the violin?

A: Absolutely not! I don’t think you can ever be too old to learn something new. If your goal is to play music for fun and bring joy to yourself and others, it’s never too late.

Q: Do you play video games?

A: Yes! I definitely spent more time playing video games than practicing my violin when I was younger lol :X but now I only game on occasion.

Q: What is your favorite video game?

A: Final Fantasy VII. I also loved Chrono Trigger, FFIX, FFX, Zelda OOT, Halo….so many more lol. Just finished Bioshock Infinite and loved it, but now I mostly play League of Legends because I don’t have as much time for longer games.

Q: Do you play any other instruments?

A: I can play the piano, but not very well.

Q: What is your favorite type of music to play?

A: Since I grew up with video games, I really became attached to that type of music early on. I was classically trained and really only ever worked on popular/video game songs on my own by ear. I do love classical music as well, but because of the nostalgia associated with movies and video games, I usually get the most pleasure out of playing that type of music.

Q: What are your favorite classical pieces?

A: I personally enjoy shorter show pieces over major concertos. Zigeunerweisen and Zapateado by Sarasate and Polonaise Brillante No.2 in A by Wieniawski are some of my favorite shorter pieces. For longer pieces I love Symphonie Espagnole by Lalo and Scottish Fantasy by Bruch.

Q: What do you like to do besides playing the violin?

A: Musically, I really love composing and working with various music programs on the computer. I also really enjoy reading research articles and historical books about music. Non-musically, I love physical activities like weight-lifting, hiking, playing sports, etc. I also really enjoy traveling, photography, cooking and baking (I love food!), playing video games, and just hanging out with friends and family. I consider myself a pretty easy-going person and I can have a great time doing just about anything if I’m with good company!

Q: Can I request a song for you to play?

A: Since I get so many requests, I unfortunately cannot cover requests. I don’t mind at all when you share a song/composer with me and let me know that you like it because I like hearing what you’re interested in. I do pay attention to songs that are heavily requested and once in a while I’ll choose my most requested song or do a poll on facebook to see what you would like me to play next!

Q: Can I use one of your covers for a video I’m making?

A: I don’t mind, as long as your video is not for profit and is relatively PG (no swearing, nudity, etc.), and you find somewhere to credit myself (and any other performers in the video if it is a collaboration) by linking to my YouTube channel, facebook, etc. If you’re inquiring to use one of my original or cover songs for commercial use, please fill out the Song Permissions contact form HERE and someone will get back to you with details on how to move forward!

Q: Do you plan on touring?

A: I’m starting my first official tour on September 29th, 2015 and I’ll be visiting 20 different cities! You can see all of my Tour dates HERE! If you don’t see your city/country on this particular tour, know that I will be adding dates in the future so please follow my facebook/twitter/instagram and sign up for my official newsletter to get updates as to where I’ll be performing next! I hope to see you at one of my live shows soon 😀

  1. Khaled says:

    Welcome Taylor
    I am a newbie in teaching violin and I am 20 years old. Will it be possible or difficult?
    I will not study the violin at the College of Music.
    If possible I hope to tell me some tips I do in the beginning of the road
    And really I am a big fan of your music

    Please reply 🙂

    • Taylor says:

      Hey Khaled, of course it’s possible! Just like learning anything for the first time it will also be difficult, but if you practice regularly and dedicate enough time to it then I’m sure you’ll see progress 🙂 I have a blog post on here for advice to beginners so I hope you can check it out!

  2. Nora says:

    hi Taylor! I was wandering how old you are and how old you were when you started playing violin and have you played Rohan theme from Lord Of The Rings?

  3. Lidia Lilly says:

    Hey!!!I wanted to ask you if you could send the sheet paper for “Last of the Mohicans”…I really love this song and I’d like to learn how to play it!!!
    Thank you so much,

    Lidia

  4. taizy says:

    Ola sou do Brasil, sou uma grande fã sua, você sabe cativar o seu publico oque acha de algum dia vir fazer um apresentação aqui no Brasil? realmente iria adorar ouvir você tocar pessoalmente.

  5. ConorB81 says:

    Hi Taylor,

    I just came across your G.O.T Video on facebook & Youtubed you & looked up other tracks that you have.

    I was just wondering do u have an Album coming out with the following tracks & if so what’s it called ?

    Gladiator Theme
    Lord of the Rings Theme
    The Avengers Theme
    The Transformers Theme
    James Bond Skyfall Theme
    Braveheart Theme

    & my fav 1: Game of Thrones Theme

    I must try & find your Album(s) here in Ireland so I play them in the car.

    I think your very talented & your choice of music is class, even if it is on games/tv shows/flimes, I could listen to your stuff all day.

    Keep up the great work & if you ever play in Dublin/Cork I would luv to come see you

    xox

  6. Tom Higgins says:

    What do you use for computer software for sound editing? Is everything done in Garageband? You have done some amazing work and your playing is beautiful! I’m also curious what you use to post videos to youtube? Any suggestions for sound editing, music editing, sheet music software would be very helpful.

    Thanks!
    Tom

  7. ViolinJavi. says:

    Can you up the sheet of transformer please.
    Thanks for all.

  8. Brett Morris says:

    I currently creating an Internet radio station that will play music by people from YouTube.com and you would be perfect. I will be playing original and covet songs. Will keep you posted on when it will be online.

    I love your music so much that I could spend all day listening to you.

  9. Will Menzies says:

    I was just thinking about starting to play the violin, I have played the guitar but never really practised outside lessons and to be honest the only reason I started was naivity, seeing as a few friends played it I wanted to join in (I was only 8 years old at this point). But now 7 years later, after having pretty much left music behind except listening to it of course I came across your morrowind/skyrim video and so I became interested and watched some more and then I knew I wanted to play the violin. This wasn’t the first time I’d thought about it but you have inspired me to see it through, and I thank you for it. I can only hope to be as great as you. 🙂

  10. ViolinFan123 says:

    You should do the “Star Wars” theme called the “The Force” composed by John Williams. It is amazing and I would love to hear you play it. You seem to add depth to your music.

  11. Isabel says:

    Hello, the question is personal, how old are you and are you married?
    You play the violin amazing 😀

  12. mohit says:

    hey do play counter strike 1.6 ?? 😛

  13. joshuamattaliano says:

    I don’t know if you’ve answered this before but, how did you come to meet Lara?

  14. Ramsay Kamal says:

    Hi Taylor,

    I just discovered all your music about half an hour ago and I am in love with it all. Amazing covers without question. I would love to see you perform in person! Keep up the amazing work!

  15. Mitchell says:

    good choice on favourite video game 😛

  16. Scotty says:

    Hi Taylor i just started listening to your music and its beutiful i found a piece that you may have heard and you would do a great job covering it. Smiles and tears from earthbound it would be a real pleasure for me if you could squeeze this in to your bussy schedule i know youd enjoy it
    thanks scotty

  17. John says:

    Love your music, especially the Boondocks Saints theme song!

    You and Celtic Woman are my inspiration!

  18. Al Trampuh says:

    Taylor,
    I came across your awesome music via youtube, keep it up! I play a bit of violin in orchestra and folk groups and church, so I can appreciate the sound all the more. Looking forward to your original music… take your time, as compositions often evolve into even better arrangements and collaborations!All the best!

  19. Aloha,

    Found you on youtube and fell in love with the violin! I’ve been playing guitar, ukulele and a little piano, but I think I’d like to start learning the violin, thanks to you. I listen to your music while working on my screenplays- its very relaxing and seems more comforting and personal when you know the artist performing is a normal person.

    Thank you, please don’t stop!

  20. Mirou says:

    Why don’t you make a max payne theme ?

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