Jim Clinton Violins Greenville, SC

Strings Educational

Practice on Vacation?  No Way!


Most people with school aged children probably do not put a lot of thought into the coming school year during their summer vacation. Kids certainly have more pressing matters, swimming, baseball, riding bikes and other fun activities.

Don’t Fall Behind

However, if you take 2 months off from practicing your instrument, whether it is a violin, viola, cello or bass, chances are you will not be prepared for orchestra in the fall. Rehearsals will likely be a tough road for a time as you work to get back into the swing of things.

Your instrument will have missed all your attention and may even need maintenance before beginning the new school year. But, of course, you wouldn’t know. You have not even looked at your instrument all summer long. Right?

Stay On Track

Stay in touch. Stay in tune, even if you only squeeze in an hour or so practice each week between all your fun activities. Some things are like riding a bike when you’ve been away and never seem to skip a beat. Playing an instrument is not one of those things.

Get Ahead

Speak with your strings teacher before vacation begins. Ask for some tips on what to practice over the summer. Maybe there is an area where you had some difficulty and there simply was not adequate time to give it proper attention. This would be a great way to approach these areas in a more casual and relaxed way.

Mom and Dad, help keep your students engaged with their music over the summer. If they do not take private lessons, Maybe this would be a good time to start. If you live in the greater Greenville area and need help finding a quality instructor, give us a call and we will help point you in a good direction.

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Have Fun
Keep it light. Keep it casual. There’s plenty of time for burgers, Bach, baseball and the beach. Have fun and avoid the struggle of starting over again when autumn comes and the new orchestral season begins.


Summertime fun may have dire consequences without proper attention to your valuable instrument.

Summertime fun may have dire consequences without proper attention to your valuable instrument.

In the summer time, the living can be easy, as the song goes.  However, heat and changes in humidity can wreak havoc with your bowed instrument if proper care is not heeded.

The physics of your instrument during seasonal change is fundamental.

  • In the winter, wood contracts.  
  • In the summer, wood expands.  
  • Humidity becomes more natural in your home during the warmer seasons, whereas, you may need to add a humidifier in your home during winter to keep your instrument from becoming too dry.

Your Instrument

Humidity causes expansion of the wood and can raise the height of your strings off the fingerboard by pushing your bridge upward. As this occurs, your sound post can also fall out of position.  Open seams and cracks can also occur especially when humidity is combined with heat, resulting in costly repairs and sometimes irreversible damage.  

Your peg box can be effected by temperature change also.  In the summer, as wood expands from rising humidity, you may find the peg holes and pegs expand, becoming stuck and difficult to turn. 

Outdoor Performing

The summer months tend to offer ample opportunity to perform or jam with friends out of doors. Avoid exposing your instrument to rapid temperature changes and direct sunlight.  When traveling about, never leave your instrument in the car.  Never. 

Your Bow and the Summer

Remember, it is not just your instrument that can suffer the effects of temperature change and humidity. Your bow is equally vulnerable to exposure. Even if yours is a composite of synthetic materials, the condition of the bow hair and its correct placement in the bow at either end can be impacted in a negative way. If your bow hair develops an improper fit (shrinking hair in hot, dry weather), the camber, or curve of the bow, can be damaged and permanently altered. A bow can break under these conditions.

What Can You Do?

What can a musician do to help ensure the health and wellbeing of their bowed instrument? Just as the physics of your instrument is fundamental, so are the steps everyone can take to prevent seasonal and weather related damage from occurring.

  • Clean your instrument and bow with a proper instrument cloth after each practice , or playing session.
  • Never allow rosin to accumulate on your wood or strings.
  • Use care to properly tighten and loosen your bow hair before and after you play.

Take Steps Now

The single best investment you can make to help insure the health and playability of your bowed instrument is to make an appointment with your luthier every 6 months for routine inspection and maintenance.  During this service you can have your pegs seasonally treated to avoid them becoming stuck, or so loose that you have trouble staying in tune. You might even consider being fitted for both a summer and a winter sound post.

How well your bowed instrument fares from one season to the next is largely up to you. By taking a few very basic precautions based on a basic understanding of the nature of your instrument, you can easily prevent most of the pitfalls resulting from changing temperature and humidity.


Three ways to make your string teacher happy:


Whether you are learning the violin, viola, cello, or bass, your orchestra teacher holds the ticket to your success as a new musician. Make sure your teacher is smiling every time you are around. This will guarantee every bit of success that a teacher-student partnership is capable of. There are three ways you may keep your teacher smiling, resulting in maximum teaching and learning during lesson time. 



-Make careful notes while receiving practice instructions.

-Practice as soon after class as possible. A musician benefits most by practicing while new lesson information is fresh and still in mind. 

-Practice only the material assigned and only as instructed. This will help you focus on what your teacher intends. Although you should allow time for creativity during practice time, practicing techniques or music not discussed by your teacher places you at risk of formulating improper habits, requiring un-teaching.

-Practice regularly and diligently.

•20 minutes twice a day is better than 1 hour every other day.

•Practice every day, with one day off a week. Give yourself a well-deserved break.

•Mind practice. While away from your instrument, think through your music. How will you play it? Move your hands and fingers as though you are holding your instrument. How will it sound? Imagine what you will hear and what you will feel when the music is perfectly executed.

•Record your practice time and be sure to practice the full duration of your recorded time.

•Chart your progress.



-Listen to your teacher. You will stand out as a student and learn more by simply looking at your teacher intently every time you are being instructed.  

-Listen to great music played by great performers regularly. Do this every day. 

-Listen to your mom or dad when they say “don’t you think you should be practicing right now?”

-Listen to your friends when they play. Make sure you blend in with them while playing together. Pick out the best player you know and try to emulate their style and sound, then grow yourself to the next level.


Show appreciation

Seeking your teacher’s affection should be your mission. It’s ok to be the “Teacher’s Pet” since your symbiotic relationship may yield musical opportunity for years to come.


– “An apple a day” may be too frequent, but there is nothing like an occasional gift of appreciation (not a bribe) that says “thank you for your input in my life”.

– Verbally express your appreciation. Be sincere. Name something specific. A little appreciation goes a long way.

– Develop a passion for playing your violin (viola, cello, or bass) and not only will your teacher enjoy it, so will you.







 These three activities will encourage high performance teaching and high performance learning at lesson time. Your smiling teacher will provide multiplied dividends toward your success as a musician and will keep the both of you happy along the way. ~ j

Play Antonio Scrollivarius here or read below for video script and additional information. 


See: European instrument making concept and sale info


Europe, the land of Stradivari, the birthplace of the violin, is coming to Jim Clinton Violins. At least twenty three European instruments, many with special, one day pricing, will be here April 1 through Monday, April 14, 2014. Samples of handmade violins, violas, celli, and basses will be here. Touch them, view them, listen to, and play them. Will a European instrument at these prices be your next instrument upgrade choice? Find out for yourself. Press the link below to learn about the European violin making concept, and find out for yourself, if one of these gems is perfect for you.


Special pricing applies only on Monday, April 14, 2014.


European instrument making concept and sale info


A significant shipment of European, handcrafted, workshop instruments has recently arrived in the US, and their exclusive, US importer has given Jim Clinton Violins special permission to exhibit samples from this shipment, making them available for your review, purchase, and order. Models designed for the serious student through college level, to semi-professional will be arriving at Jim Clinton Violins during the first week of April. Our workshop technicians will be hovering over these European jewels, putting them through their paces, tweaking, and testing them for our one day sale on Monday, the 14th of April.


Learn more about this sale and the European luthier and mentoring concept.




Email us for an appointment to preview before our sale on the 14th.



Jim Clinton Violins, 3400-D Rutherford Rd. Ext., Taylors, SC, 29687, 864-322-2622, www.jcviolins.com.


Jim Clinton Violins is celebrating their 13th year! But since Jim and friends plan to be in church on the 13th, this explosive sale will have to wait till April 14, one day before tax day.


Are You Being Served?


Have you ever felt like the sales pitch at the store was more beneficial to their bottom line than to serving your interests? Here are a few ways to determine whether or not you are being served. Be sure to read the last item. A phone call removes the impressive store facade from your conversation and quickly gets you to the heart of a store’s attitude toward helping you. 


Questions & Listening

If the salesperson goes into the “pitch” informing you of all the features and prices and asks minimal questions,  you may not be experiencing good service. The more interest a salesperson takes in your story and listens to you, the better your future with that company. Some sales clerk questions may be qualifying you but many questions asked of you indicates interest and effort in finding the best recommendation for you. 


Time & Space

Along with listening comes the good service habit of allowing you time and space. Hurrying you along with the sale because another call may come in or because the next person is waiting is not only rude but leaves you uninformed, under served, and merely another number at this store. A good sales consultant will often create opportunity to step out of the room to give you and your musician or spouse a chance to discuss the information privately before making a decision.


Explain that again, please

A patient consultant willingly repeats important information, even voluntarily. 


Good news, Bad news

Every contract has a requirement for each side to fulfill. If your representative tells you only the wow of their presentation, you will get the bad news later after you have signed the contract. By the way, a contract that doesn’t cover the good and bad news doesn’t tell you what is coming. 


Comments about a competitor

Competitors negative opinions of each other are biased opinions at best. 


Today only, Now

Pressure to make a purchase now minimizes your power in the decision process. Sometimes you may miss a good deal, but try to obtain information in advance of that pressure situation, should it occur. Every sale has to end some time, so be informed before the sale. Make a call and visit the website. Waiting till the last day for class forces you to make a pressure decision.


Information empowers 

Ask lots of questions. You will make a better decision if you know what your options are. 


Plus and Minus

Asking the clerk to explain the plus and minus of a particular selected item vs the plus and minus of another selection will help you choose a more personalized product than what you were seeking when walking into the store. Read “Why JCV?”.


Big Store or Local Shop

Big impressions are often smoke in mirrors when it comes to good products and personalized service. Shop around and find a local, small business that wants and needs your business. You can tell when a shop will try harder to serve you, even if they don’t seem to be the biggest, lowest priced guys around. 


Limited options

“This is our model to rent. This is our upgrade model. Any questions?” If that is what you get, there is not much for your child to grow into should he/she succeed. You do wish for your child to succeed. Lots of options here….


Contradictory claims

“We have high quality instruments and the lowest prices.” Discernment is necessary to understand that two different instruments may be discussed here or that this claim is simply too good to be true.


Inconsiderate behavior

Shop with people you like. Enough said. 


Call before you visit

Telephone manners and conversational courtesy informs you about a company and its culture. Before you walk into an impressively decorated and fully stocked store, you will have the advantage of knowing the people of this business before seeing their well planned facility presentation. Remember, you will be doing business with this company in the future, not just today. Once in the store, you are not obligated to stay and begin a long-term business relationship if you are not being treated fairly on the first day. Contact Jim Clinton Violins….see if they pass the test.

BJU Cello Choir will perform Monday 3/31/14 at 5:00pm on campus, in the War Memorial Chapel. Admission is free. Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC

Congrathulations Cassidy for winning 2 tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma in October with the Greenville Symphony.

Furman university is hosting this year’s Cellobration. Masterclasses, group classes, and full cello choir rehearsals will be held in anticipation of the gala concert on Saturday night. Event hours are Friday night, September 12 and Saturday from 8:30 am till the concert scheduled at 5:30pm.

Win 2 tickets to see Yo-Yo Ma live performing with the Greenville Symphony by entering our drawing at the lobby of McAlister Auditorium. Drawing will be during the concert that begins at 5:30pm Saturday night the 13th.

Here we are in the lobby, you can’t miss us.

A few celli on the tables awaiting great cellists to play on them.

A few celli on the tables awaiting great cellists to play on them.

Go here to win tickets.

Go here to win tickets.

Here is what we look like from above.

Here is what it looks like from above.

Nice celli there.

Nice celli there.

A European Explosion will occur April 14, 2014 @ Jim Clinton Violins

One Day, Special Pricing on European handmade instruments by master luthiers and European workshops.

 Touch each line on the video screen and listen to Antonio Scrollivarius

 .. or .. 

for video script and additional info, read below.


Contact us


See: Antonio Scrollivarius succumbs to the European Explosion



For additional information….please read further.


These European instruments will be in our shop until Monday the 14th:


  • Violin by Master luthier Jarek Koscielny, Guarneri (Czetochowa, Poland)
  • Violin by Master luthier Jarek Koscielny, Guarneri (Czetochowa, Poland)
  • Violin from Calin Wultur Model #6 Guarneri model
  • Violin from Calin Wultur Model #6 Stradivari model
  • Violin from Calin Wultur Model #5 Guarneri model
  • Violin from Calin Wultur Model #5 Stradivari model
  • Cello from Calin Wulter #5 Piatti Stradivari model
  • Cello from Calin Wultur #6 Guarneri model
  • Viola from Calin Wultur #6 16”
  • Viola from Calin Wultur #7 15-3/4”
  • Bass from Calin Wultur Hybrid model


A significant shipment of European, handcrafted, workshop instruments has recently arrived in the US, and their exclusive, US importer has given Jim Clinton Violins special permission to exhibit samples from this shipment, making them available for your review, purchase, and order. Models designed for the serious student through college level, to semi-professional are at Jim Clinton Violins as of the first week of April. Our workshop technicians will be hovering over these European jewels, putting them through their paces, tweaking, and testing them for our one day sale on Monday, the 14th of April.


#1 European instruments represent the birthplace of, and the centuries old tradition of, violin making. And, Jim Clinton Violins is having an explosion of European instruments on Monday, April 14, 2014, one day before Tax Day. They will have instruments by Master violinmaker Jarek Koscielny and by the 15 workmen of the Calin Wultur workshop, not to mention our current inventory of European instruments. You will see, hear, touch, and play, marvelous examples of European craftsmanship. Violins, violas, celli, and basses will be here. You will discover that these instruments compare in quality and sound to much more expensive instruments due to reasonably priced Eastern European labor, US currency exchange rates, and a tradition of highly trained workmen, dating back to the days of Stradivari.


#2 The European workshop concept involves deliberate, methodic, generational training, while passing violinmaking craft from one master maker to the next. In Poland, this method dates back to the 1600s. Master Jarek Koscielny completed his training, passing on his craft to Calin Wultur and his workshop in Reghin Romania. While Master luthier Calin Wultur oversees his workshop, he increasingly involves himself with the instrument making process based on the model. For example, the best of his 15 workmen carefully work under his supervision while crafting model #7 instruments. He ensures that its model outline, plate tuning, bass bar, and varnish appearance meet his personal standards. Jim Clinton Violins will have sample instruments by Master Koscielny as well as by his one-time students at the Calin Wultur workshop. European violins, violas, celli, and basses will be represented at this sale.


Did you Know~

Poland is the only country in the world (not even Italy, the home of Stradivari) that offers a secondary school education for violinmaking, and offers a college level education for violinmaker graduates of these high school programs.


from a blog on the Corner Violin Shop site: Corner Violin Shop discusses Polish violin makers  

“Many of today’s Polish makers go through secondary school whose curricula include the art of violin making. There are currently two in the Poland that offer such programs: High School of Fine Arts in Zakopane and High School of Music in Pozna?. These schools’ graduates have an opportunity to continue their studies at the Violin Making Department of Pozna?’s Music Academy. This means that Poland is the only country in the world where violin makers can receive a university-level education.”


See what JR has to say about the Calin Wultur workshop.


#3 Master violin maker Jarek Koscielny resides and makes violins in Czestochowa, Poland. He specializes in making violins and violas based on the patterns of Guarneri and Stradivari. His materials selection is from the best available tonewoods in Poland, utilizing nearby trees from the Carpathian Mountains. He has been making violins and violas for US importer, JR Music Supply for over 10 years. Jim Clinton Violins will have examples of his violins in the days before our sale, Monday, April 14, 2014.


#4 Experience European craftsmanship at sensible prices in the days before our sale on Monday, April 14, 2014. This sale is only on the 14th, and we cannot release these instruments until that day. Also, we will have special pricing that we are not allowed to advertise. This pricing only applies on the 14th. Come, experience the European Explosion and discover whether the craftsmanship and price of Eastern Europe is just right for your next violin, viola, cello, or bass. Contact us with questions, or to set up a sneak preview appointment.




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Antonio Scrollivarius succumbs to the European Explosion



One Day Only


a European Explosion


handmade and workshop instruments

(may be viewed during the week prior to our sale)


Monday, April 14, 2014

One Day before Tax Day



Violins, Violas, Celli, Basses



Jim Clinton Violins

Calin Wultur Violin

Calin Wultur Violin

Calin Wultur Violin back

Calin Wultur Violin back

Calin Wultur Viola

Calin Wultur Viola

Calin Wultur Viola back

Calin Wultur Viola back

Calin Wultur Guarneri Cello #6 back

Calin Wultur Guarneri Cello #6 back

Calin Wultur Guarneri Cello #6

Calin Wultur Guarneri Cello #6

Calin Wultur: Piatti Strad Cello #5 back

Calin Wultur: Piatti Strad Cello #5 back

Calin Wultur: Piatti Strad Cello #5

Calin Wultur: Piatti Strad Cello #5

Calin Wultur: Panormo Bass Hybrid

Calin Wultur: Panormo Bass Hybrid

Calin Wultur: Panormo Bass Hybrid

Calin Wultur: Panormo Bass Hybrid back


SCASTA Violin Choir

Violin & Viola Workshop

February 2, 2013

@ The Fine Arts Center of Greenville

102 Pine Knoll Drive, Greenville, SC 29609

More info? www.scasta.org

  • Learn and practice under the direction of master clinicians.
  • Improve and expand fundamental playing skills.
  • Master classes and ensemble rehearsals
  • Everyone performs in workshop recital at the end of the day.

Featuring these clinicians:

Gordon Tedeschi

Elisabeth Small

John Ravnan

Melissa Dant

Eleonore Schultz



John Ravnan



1 Day Specials & Deals

String Students Only: a Special Instrument Event


Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:00am – 4:00pm


We are having a special day at Jim Clinton Violins.


This is the day to

  • buy or rent your new instrument
  • upgrade your current instrument or
  • purchase your supplies for the coming school year.


Because this is an EVENT We will also have

  • Professional musicians playing their instruments, offering advice and sharing information about taking violin, viola, or cello lessons
  • a Violin maker (luthier) showing some of his work and talking about how he makes violins
  • a cool glass of lemonade and a homemade cookie as a “thank you” for coming by to see us.


Event Details:


  • Saturday, the 29th of August, 2015
  • 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Jim Clinton Violins
  • 3400-D Rutherford Road Extension, Taylors, SC 29687
  • Call: 864-322-2622
  • Email: jim@jcviolins.com



Who Will Be Here?



Professional Musicians


  • Violinist, Betsy Fee-Elliot:
    • Violinist with the Greenville Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and Suzuki Violin instructor in Greenville SC.
    • Betsy has been teaching Suzuki Method violin lessons for over 20 years in Greenville. She is considered a Suzuki expert because she participated in the first Suzuki class taught in the US when Dr. Shinichi Suzuki came to America demonstrating his highly successful violin teaching method here. She has been guest clinician for various Suzuki summer camps in the region, and performs professionally in local venues and churches. Ms. Fee-Elliot maintains a violin lesson studio in Greenville and is well known in the area for her teaching craft while instructing children to adults, and beginners to professionals, and she is affectionally referred to as “Miss Tricky” by her students due to her easy manner while methodically working toward results.
    • For this event, “Ms. Betsy” will perform on her violin, offer advice to budding musicians, discuss the importance of private lessons, and will offer a today-only lessons incentive.


  • Violist, Dr. Michael Weaver [North Greenville University]:
    • Is Music Director and Conductor of both Henderson Symphony Orchestra and the Henderson Symphony Youth Orchestra.
    • Assistant Professor of Music at the Cline School of Music of North Greenville University (SC) where he teaches violin, viola, and music history, and conducts the NGU Orchestra.
    • Dr. Weaver has performed with the North Carolina Symphony and performs regularly as a violist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and occasionally with the Asheville and Greenville Symphony Orchestras. He holds degrees in Music Education, Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University and the Florida State University.
    • For this event, Dr. Weaver will perform on his viola, offer advice to budding musicians, discuss the importance of private lessons, presenting North Greenville University’s Strings Program, and will offer a today-only lessons incentive.


  • Cellist, Dr. Brenda Leonard [North Greenville University]:
    • Teaches cello at North Greenville University and at the Lawson Academy of the Arts in Spartanburg at Converse College.
    • She is principal cellist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic and plays with many orchestras in the region.
    • Performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, including “Cello Times Two,” a duo with cellist Benjamin Smith of Montreat College.  Dr. Leonard received her DMA in cello performance from the University of South Carolina where she worked with Dr. Robert Jesselson.
    • She also teaches at Jim Clinton Violins (among other places) and is recognized for the progress her students make while under her tutelage.
    • For this event, Dr. Leonard will perform on her cello, offer advice to budding musicians, discuss the importance of private lessons, present information about the music program at North Greenville University, and will offer a today-only lessons incentive.


Violin Maker:


  • Daniel Foster, violinmaker-luthier
    • Daniel, a renowned violin, viola, and cello maker has been making instruments for over 42 years.
    • He is a Silver Medalist for Viola tone in 2002 at the Violin Society of America violinmaking competition
    • Received First place for sound in the same year with his viola
    • We have samples of Mr. Foster’s work at our shop, a violin, violas, and a cello
    • Mr. Foster will have some tools and partially completed instruments for curious eyes to behold while he discusses and demonstrates some of the violin making process.



Lemonade & Cookies


  • Come by and say hello, and we will reward you with a cool cup of lemonade and a cookie that will energize you for practicing your new instrument!


Come Visit Us


Jim Clinton Violins


Saturday August 29, 2015, 10:00am-4:00pm

3400-D Rutherford Rd. Ext. Taylors, SC 29687


We Can’t Wait to See You!