A great instrument should be able to do it all. That means it shines no matter what style of music you play on it, whether that’s a slow romantic sonata movement or a fiery baroque concerto finale. When you head to a shop to try instruments, make sure you’ve prepared at least one lyrical excerpt and one fast, virtuosic excerpt. Or at the very least, make sure to pick an excerpt that contains both.
Violin shops feel very much like the wand shop in Harry Potter. But picking an instrument is not like picking a wand. While the wand chooses the wizard or witch, the instrument does NOT choose the player. That is because instruments are not magical. The magic is all within YOU, the musician! You must find the instrument or bow that allows you to express yourself and your voice. If you tell yourself the instrument will pick you, you may be disappointed when you one doesn’t.