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The Pros and Cons of Electric Violin

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Electric violins are standard violins with built-in electronic components. They have been just recently introduced to the public so its credibility is not that high compared to the traditional acoustic violins. But its features are quite distinct for it is easier to master, especially for beginners, and not high maintenance.

In this article, we will cover the pros and cons of playing the electric violin.

Pros and Cons of Playing the Electric Violin

For beginners, it would be complex to jump straight in playing an electric violin. This is because electric violins use electric components. You need to deal with technology and wirings which is a bit difficult for a newbie. Also, electric violins do not suit some types of music. For example, if you want to learn classical music, the best type would be acoustic violins. 

But if you are willing to go through and learn the technicalities of electric violins, then it is not totally discouraged. Electric violins are also the go-to musical instruments for contemporary genres like jazz or rock music. 

As mentioned, the electric violins have been just around the corner recently. So they mostly go with the newer styles of music. This gives artists a connection to be more related with the current trends. It also gives artists the opportunity to express their creative juices since an electric violin can cater to different ranges. 

Another advantage of electric violins is the sound playability. On a normal acoustic violin, you can control the sound through bowing but not totally eliminate the sound. But with electric violins, simply plug the headphone jack into the built-in amplifier and you can practice all day and night quietly. It is a similar process when recording. With a good set of amplifiers, you can practically do anything. 

But these pros come with great measures. Besides carrying the electric violin itself, you also need to carry the amplifier — which is heavy. You also need to set it up wherever you go and it can be time-consuming. You do not have to do all these pre-setting up processes with an acoustic violin. 

Electric violins and acoustic violins are also different in terms of the numbers of strings. Electric violins can cater more strings since they have a solid body made of wood. It usually has five to six strings than the usual four strings. The more strings it has, the more you need to learn. 


Playing the electric violin is a subjective case because everything can be learned. Sure, every musical instrument has its own advantages and disadvantages but go with something that you are willing to invest time in and is something that you enjoy in the long term. If you are still unsure, there is a middle ground for both electric and acoustic violins called the electro-acoustic violins. These instruments are a combination of the traditional acoustic with creative capabilities of the electric violin. 


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