Violins are one of the more difficult stringed instruments. The journey to learning the instrument won’t be easy for you, and you will have to struggle a lot. Thus it makes sense that you would need to do your research before you start your foray into this world. Many people ask the question: what should I know before I start learning violin?
Here are some things you should know before you start learning the violin.
That Music Sheet:
Actually, it’s not just violin you have to familiarize yourself with. The music sheet is also going to be your top priority. There may be a period of time when you may find it difficult for you to master the art of reading sheet music and playing the violin in the way which it appears on the page. You will need to devote a lot of time and effort to develop this skill. However, once you develop this skill, you will not only be able to practice almost any piece of music and become proficient in playing it, but you will also be capable of teaching others how to do the same.
Playing An Impressive Piece? Dream On!
Have you come across the phrase: “the sound of an airy violin”, or a scene in a movie with an impressive violin sound? Makes a nice image, doesn’t it? Perhaps, such things have brought you towards this instrument. Here is the truth: it will definitely not be airy when you start playing the violin. Far from it. In fact, sometimes, it would feel like you are murdering poor cats.
There are several reasons for this. One is that the way you hold the bow, even though it will become second nature after some time, is probably one of the most unnatural positions to get used to.
It will therefore sound, initially, like scratching and pausing, but once you get the hang of that, you will hear a consistent buzzing noise, similar to the sound of a mosquito buzzing near your ear when you play with that awkward bow hold for the first few days or weeks. But practice makes perfect, so with time and hard work, you will get there. However, don’t expect to play masterpieces as soon as you start.
A Lot Of Accessories:
In addition to the violin, you will need many other things to become a professional violinist. A music stand, rosin, rags, and rock tops, a tuner, and extra strings are among these things. Moreover, our recommendation is that you purchase lessons in order to assist you in your learning process since it is very difficult to learn to play the violin without the assistance of a qualified teacher. Using all of these things is not easy.
It is not uncommon for even professional violinists to find that their violin playing sounds scratchy and noisy at times, but there is always something positive to look forward to! Take a moment to think about the way a violin is held. There are just a few inches between your left year and the f-holes, where the sound is produced when you are holding the violin. It is for this reason that many violinists suffer from hearing loss in their left ear after playing for a long time due to the sound being so close to their ear.
In concert halls, especially when performing solo pieces, violinists are especially concerned with articulating their sounds to the last seat in the listening area. In a concert hall, even though you might hear that scratch and creak, with the damping effect that a concert hall has, the audience can hear nothing but the beautiful music that is being played. Unless something else happens.
Violin Needs Care:
Violins, like many other instruments, require care and attention. The more you take care of them, the more impressive the playing would be. Every professional violinist has their own routine. You don’t need to necessarily adapt to that. But you do need to make sure that you understand the basis of violin care.
There Is Always Someone Better Than You:
It is a fact that there will always be someone who is going to be better than you at playing the violin. Don’t behave like a spoilt kid or Evil Queen when faced with this reality. This is a part of life. Whether they are younger than you or older, accept their superiority with grace, and do your best to strive to their level where your skills are concerned.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is it hard to start learning the violin?
Obviously, the violin is one of the most difficult instruments to master. After two to three years of practice, some genius beginners seem to master the violin perfectly. In most cases, becoming a master violinist takes much longer than that.
What should I practice first on the violin?
Violin beginners should first focus on maintaining a perfect posture, holding the violin bow correctly, and fingering the violin accurately.