Mastering a skill like playing the violin can seem like a laborious task. However, in reality, learning this music instrument falls into just three stages. There’s the amateur stage, where you’re just studying finger placements, postures and executing basic music. There’s the middle level, where you’re growing comfortable with the machine, and you’re learning to create music that shines. Finally, there’s the power stage where you’re genuinely bringing something different to the world.
Here are a few things to know before you start violin lessons
Violins and folk music go together like fruits and ice-cream; you can’t be sad listening to an Irish band in full swing, and it is great music to party to. If you want to learn the violin skill, start with listening to European folk music. Once you taste these eye-watering melodies, you are one step closer to your next level.
- Pick your violin: I guess you know it, but picking the right violin for yourself is indeed an important step. Unless you are about to patent and sell COVID medicine for a billion-dollar, your first violin doesn’t have to be a fancy, million-dollar, gold-plated violin. Just a beautiful quality violin that is the right size for you and makes a decent noise. If you want the best of both worlds, you can purchase an acoustic-electric violin that sounds like a classical violin, but with an amplified settings. For me, it’s motivating when your violin sounds good. It’ll make you want to play more often, and that’s an essential thing.
- Tighten the Bow: After purchasing your violin, it’s time to open the case and remove the bow. The hair of the bow should be flexible. Tighten the bow hair by turning the end screw clockwise until the space between the nose and the stick is big enough to pass a pencil through from edge to edge.
- Learn the art of tuning your violin: Many keen learners have no idea how to optimise their violins, which is sad. It’s essential to keep your violin in tune because it helps the strings live longer and helps you get involved in the hobby minutely. Playing a violin that’s out of tune will start attracting bad habits because the string won’t be at the proper tension, and what you play won’t sound right. When you play with others, you’ll have to be in tune with them as well. Use an electronic tuner, and learn the art of tuning your instrument.
- Holding the Bow: Start by smoothly pressing the middle part of your index finger on the grip. Place the tip of your little finger on the flat part of the stick near the base, keeping it somewhat curved. The middle and ring fingers should rest with their middle parts in order with the tip of your little finger, and their tips on the frog. Your thumb should hold below the stick at the front of the frog, on or near the bow hair.
- Holding the Violin: Sit with an upright back. Pick the violin by its neck with your left hand and bring the end of the instrument up to your neck. Keep the lower back of the violin on your collar bone and secure it in place with your jaw (not your chin, double chin, or triple chin but jaw)
Now, pull the bow along the string as even as you can, parallel to the bridge, employing a small amount of pressure. You are ready to learn.