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?
Q: Will you send me the sheet music for _______?
A: You can find all available sheet music in my store here! I recently was able to license more of my cover songs through Hal Leonard and created a violin play-along book with them!
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. My most recent favorite games are The Last of Us and The Witcher 3. 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: Where can I see you perform live?
A: You can see all of my upcoming performance dates HERE! I’m always adding new dates to the calendar so if you don’t see a performance near you on the tour page right now, you can always follow my pages on facebook/twitter/instagram and sign up for my official newsletter to get updates as to where I’ll be performing next!