Kemenche Lessons

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Kemenche - Lyra is your Passion?

Music lightens your mood, cheers you up, gets you moving and gives you positive energy! Making music is one of the most motivating and healthy activities in life! The repertoire for kemenche - lyra which you find the most personal to you is where we will focus our attention.

Beginner or Advanced Kemenche Lessons?

Maybe you're taking  lessons for the first time or perhaps you're taking up kemenche lessons again and are hoping to expand your musical knowledge and develop your technique? For this, constructive feedback, personalised exercises, tips and inspiration from a dedicated professional kemenche teacher are best choice!

Kemenche Lessons for Children - Adults

Whether you're young or old, you can start with training and developping your kemenche - lyra skills at any moment. All kemenche lessons are tailored individually to accommodate each student.

Is learning Music hard?

Well...Yes and No. It all depends on a combination of elements. Although we all consider fun in music to be the most important part, it also means that your kemenche teacher will have high expectations for you, and you'll need to truly master the skills and music that you're working on before moving on to something new. Truthfully, there's no better way to become a great musician than to receive private kemenche lessons from a talented, experienced, motivating, passionate and patient kemenche teacher who wants to see you succeed and who understands and uses the cycle of music learning.

Why one-on-one Kemenche Lessons?

Remember that, when you take private kemenche lessons, you'll receive your teacher's undivided attention. You'll be able to progress at a pace that is just right for your needs. Your kemenche teacher will be able to hear the nuances in your performance and can take the time to adjust small things, like your posture, volume, articulation, intonation and phrasing, that can make a big difference in your development as a musician.

Where to find a good Kemenche teacher?

Vivaldi Music Lessons is a platform where talented professional music teachers offer one-on-one kemenche lessons. The music lessons are instructive, fun, demanding, entertaining and in a relaxed atmosphere. The Kemenche Lessons will take place at the teacher's place or studio. All teachers take care of proper ventilation and a comfortable lesson situation. Always time for a cup of tea or coffee!

Kemenche Lessons at your Home

Many of our kemenche teachers provide private music tuition in the comfort of your own home. We offer kemenche lessons for all ages and abilities. Please discuss home tuition music lessons with the kemenche teacher of your choice.

Classical to Pop and More!

If music is your passion and classical, baroque, jazz, pop, latin, world music or any other kind of music is where you find the most inspiration, you're welcome to sign up for a trial kemenche lesson. Most kemenche teachers have a wide experience in various styles and are specialised in a particular type of music. All kemenche teachers are experts in the field of teaching and playing their instrument. Check here how students experience their lessons!

Why booking a Trial Kemenche Lesson?

The trial lesson is the perfect situation to discuss the frequency of the lessons, the music styles you like most or other styles you may wish to explore. Of course important to get to know your future kemenche teacher and the lesson location, before taking a lesson pack.

Is the Trial Kemenche - Lyra Lesson for free?

The trial lesson will last 30 minutes and costs 25,- euro.  But when you book your first lesson pack, you'll receive EU 25,- of the trial lesson in return.

Lesson Packs for Kemenche Lessons

Lesson time, payment of the lessons and location are arranged individually between you and your kemenche teacher. This means maximum flexibility for both you and your teacher. Choose the lesson pack that suits you best. We offer one-on-one kemenche lessons of 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes. Discuss all details about location, the lesson packs and frequency of the lessons during your trial Kemenche - Lyra lesson. Maybe your kemenche teacher arranged a slightly different Lesson Pack. Always check the rates on your teacher's profiel too.

Are Kemenche Lessons expensive?

The prices for private kemenche lessons are regular prices. Vivaldi Music Lessons does not charge the teachers or the clients a percentage of the lesson prices. What you pay goes directly to the teacher where you buy your lesson packs. Look for the prices on your teacher's profile.

Face to Face Kemenche Lessons

We are looking forward to meeting you face to face at our cosy lesson locations or in the comfort of your own home!

Online Kemenche Lessons?

In some situations it would be beneficial to meet with your kemenche teacher online. If you wish to follow online lessons, you can contact the kemenche teacher of your choice directly and discuss the possibilities.

How to give Kemenche Lessons as a Gift?

Are you looking for an original and valuable personal gift to surprise your friend, colleague, relative or partner with? Vivaldi Music Lessons offers music lessons gift vouchers for 3 kemenche lessons for only EU 95,-  You can order the gift voucher directly with the kemenche teacher of your choice. By giving the Music Lesson Gift Card you'll be giving more than just a gift certificate for music lessons...It's a life-changing experience that will leave them grateful to you for years to come! Read more about how to order a Music Lessons Gift Card.

Kemenche or Lyra

Kemenche of Istanbul/ Classical Kemenche or Lyra is a traditional bowed string instrument based on the city of Istanbul. Before the 19th century it was mainly used by Greek society of the Ottoman Empire for popular and entertainment music.

Cultural Background

In the Ottoman music, until the 19th century, the Persian-derived word kemence, meaning "small bow" or "small bowed instrument," was used for the spike fiddle known today as rebab. Also called keman, the kemance was the only bowed instrument used in Turkish classical music until the late 18th century. The kemanche gave way first to the viola d'amore and later to the European violin. The classical kemenche first entered to the Ottoman music by having a place in the incesaz fasil ensemble, in the mid-19th century. Since then, it has been become the part of the Classical Ottoman\Turkish Art Music.

Cross over

Since the classical kemenche has a very uniqe and deep sound, it has became a popular instrument for cross-over projects after 1950's. After this period it has been used in difeerent kind of music genres, such as early Western, jazz, contemporary and world music. 

Way of playing

The 3 strings of the Lyra or Kemenche are being played with the finger nails. The finger tips are placed between the strings. A wonderful and specific tone quality is the result! Subtle glissandi can be made. The tradditional bow is quite archaic, yet effective. Nowadays a violin bow, or even better a viola da gamba bow, are being used.


The classical kemence is 40-41 centimeters in length and 14-15 centimeters wide. All its strings are of gut; only the lower string is silver-wound. Today some musicians use synthetic racquet strings, aluminum-wound gut or artificial silk strings, or chrome-wound steel violin strings. The sound post, which transmits the strings' vibration to the back of the instrument, is fixed between the bridge and back of the instrument under the A string. A small hole, 3-4 mm in diameter, is drilled in the back of the instrument directly under the bridge.

Demonstration of the Classical Kemenche by Neva Ozgen:


Music is Food for the Soul

"This will be our reply to violence: to make more music intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before'' 

Leonard Bernstein - composer, conductor, pianist