Learning to play the violin is a fantastic goal to train to reach. It takes dedication, motivation and a passion for the instrument. One of the amazing things about violin lessons, however, is that it not only trains you to be able to play the instrument, but it also teaches you how to be a better person. It takes time and precise to learn how to play the violin well.
Today we are taking a look at what to expect when you are learning to play the violin.
The traditional violin method is a collection of teaching styles that all share a common structure, teaching the student how to read notes. Even as a beginner violinist using this method, you will learn to read music. Although this may be the only commonality among the various teaching styles. It is core to the belief that starting to read notes early on helps music students to become strong sight readers and gives them the opportunity to join in with recitals, music groups or a junior orchestra from early on.
The method is invented by a violinist from Japan called Shinichi Suzuki, It was his observation that children could learn their mother tongue with relative ease and so he developed this inspiring system using that idea as the foundation. It relays heavily on parent involvement, positive encouragement and repetition.
The Suzuki method delays learning to read music, which they call the mother tongue approach. This method treats music classes as a language. Immersion is one of the primary ways that students of this method learn.
Learning how to play the violin takes time. Photo Source: Unsplash
Learning how to play the violin takes time, and many other students find themselves getting discouraged when they discover that they are not as good as talented child prodigies. But the violin isn’t about being better than other students it is about being passionate about your music and following your own privately created discipline.
Learning how to play your violin is only part of the work to be done you also need to take care of your violin. Especially if you want to sound your best when you are playing and practising. This will become natural to you over time and is an essential part of being a violinist. As well as tuning your violin you also need to take care of the bow making sure to loosen the violin strings when not to retain the curve in the strings. Violinists use a violin rosin to do this which is a tool that attached to the strings to create the friction required to make the sound.
It takes a lot of time, dedication and determination to be able to play the violin well. In the beginning, you will likely find that the sound that you create is very unattractive. It is important to remain enthusiastic and try to focus on remaining motivated. There is lot’s that goes into mastering the violin, and to play well could take as long as a few years.
Because of the dedication, it takes to learn to play the violin, you find that there is an active community around the instrument. People group together as s form of encouragement, this creates a supportive and passionate community.
Having to read music while playing the violin can be a bit of an overload. Photo Source: Unsplash
Finger placement is crucial for playing the violin, If you don’t master finger placement, you will never create a great sound. Playing simple scales in the first position is a well know tip to help to tune your ear to the sound of the notes and train your fingers where to go. It is a good idea to play with a tuner so that you know that you are getting the right sound for each note each time.
Playing long open strings is an excellent way to learn bow placement and practice making consistent and clear sounds. When practising move to stand in front of the mirror and slowly draw the bow over the each of the strings paying close attention to placement. This also a good time to learn about the weight of the bow and focus on how it moves across the strings.
Being able to move smoothly from string to string with precise placement, is very important, as is maintaining good posture and focusing on your movements as you practice.
We don’t often use our little finger for much, but it is just as important as any of the other fingers in violin. If you hope to reach professional musician level with your practice, you will need to learn to use all of your body to play the music. Your little finger, in this case, is critical as sometimes you won’t be able to reach the strings in the correct location with your other fingers. In this case, you must strengthen your little finger so and practice with it so that you can give yourself more reach while playing.
Finger placement is crucial for playing the violin. Photo Source: Unsplash
For students of the violin whether you are thinking about violin lessons with a tutor, just learning to play, an intermediate learner or a professional violinist. Learning the violin naturally instils students with skills such as patience, focus, precision, confidence and many other skills which are very useful to have in life in general. Enjoy your music program.