The violin is a very sensitive and delicate instrument, which has delighted the public over time, being a challenge for instrumental artists, and if you have decided to start studying or resume it after some time, this article aims to it helps you stay motivated, have patience and perseverance to get satisfaction.
It is not easy to learn an instrument, and especially the violin, but the reward and satisfaction that come with success rewards all your efforts. It is a bowed instrument, made with a lot of love and a lot of soul by master luthiers, from different types of wood, some instruments with a long history behind them.
Widely used in classical music, the violin appeared slowly, slowly in almost all musical styles, filling the space with exceptional sounds that create a special charm to the work performed. But let's start with the first steps in the long road of mastering the instrument:
Creating a good working condition
Before you start the first exercises, but also when you have already mastered certain techniques, you need to create a good mood before you start repeating.
You empty your mind of all thoughts, take a deep breath to calm down and then, after all your attention is on the instrument, you can start singing. It is also very important to have a relaxed position. The muscles should not be tense because you will get tired easily and you will have discomfort that will prevent you from repeating for a longer time. At the same time, serious muscle pain may occur, which may cause you to postpone the next repetitions.
Thus, first of all, do some breathing exercises, movements with your arms and shoulders, possibly a small massage on the shoulders and neck, then when you have reached a state of relaxation conducive to study, you can start rehearsing.
Get in the right position
It is very important to learn a correct position from the beginning, because then it will be much more difficult to correct. The position is very similar to the natural one of the body, without bending, bending or twisting of the spine. The weight of the body will be divided equally on both legs, which are straight, slightly apart, being at shoulder level, with the knees straight but without being tense. The violin is placed with the string on the left shoulder and must be parallel to the ground.
The point of contact of the violin with the face is in the middle of the distance between the chin and the ear, as most of the famous violinists say. Find a position as comfortable as possible, so that the shoulder is not raised and you do not press too hard with the side of the head. The position must be comfortable to be able to repeat for a longer time, without feeling pain in the muscles and wrists.
The posture must be as straight as possible, this being decisive in the proper use of the instrument. If you have a beautiful, upright posture, and the position of the violin is correct, then the tone will be appropriate, gravity helping the hand with the bow.
The left hand covers the neck of the instrument so that the four fingers can move freely on the four strings, and the thumb can be a support for free movement on the keyboard. The hand must have a beautiful, rounded curvature, without being tense and tense.
Handling the bow
The right hand leads the bow on the strings in the perimeter of the main acoustic system of the violin. The bow must be held lightly, so that it can pass over the strings as easily as possible, with a relaxed hand, thus offering strength and sensitivity, and allowing the fingers to be flexible and agile.
In case you feel while practicing that the wrist becomes stiff, the fingers start to move harder and slide on the arch, then it is time to take a break and relax your hand. Make a few movements after lowering the bow, closing – opening the fist, rotating the wrist to relax the hand.
Even if at the beginning the sounds that your instrument makes are not very pleasant, do not panic, everyone went through these moments at the beginning. Slowly, slowly you will learn the movement of passing the bow on the strings, without pressing, letting it move due to its weight and the force of gravity.
For starters, try to use the middle of the bow as much as possible, the extremes being much more difficult to control and you need experience. To make it easier for you, you can divide the bow into three parts, even using a marker, and so you can more easily control it, playing only on the middle area.
The mechanism by which sounds are produced is very simple, when the bow passes over the strings they stretch, and when the stretching force exceeds the friction force, the strings detach from the bow and move in the opposite direction. Detachments can be slower when the bow passes slowly over the strings, or more frequent when the passages are fast. Slowly, slowly, with a lot of patience, you will be able to master these movements so that you can control the movement in order to reproduce the desired musical pieces.
Left hand movement
A big challenge, especially at the beginning, is the fingering of the left hand, the violin keyboard having no markings. After a long experience, a violinist will know exactly what movements to perform and where to position his fingers, but for a beginner the markings can be helpful.
This way you can use colored strips to mark the positions of your fingers on the keyboard, turn to a teacher to help you make the markings as correctly as possible. Once you get used to it, they can be easily removed and you will be able to play the violin without help.
Set relevant rehearsals
Mainly, in order to achieve performance, you need patience, time and repetition. Don't be discouraged if you don't already have amazing results after the first few weeks. The reward of work comes in time and it is worth investing in this wonderful tool.
Continue to do repetitions patiently and in a good tone, and positive results will not be long in coming. Even if it is advisable to rehearse as often as possible, even daily, do not set long study times. You will most likely lose your focus and get tired, so a long rehearsal will only bring you frustration and demoralize you. If you want to stay longer, don't forget to take breaks to disconnect, to relax.
In the first year of study you have to focus your attention on a good, comfortable position, both for the body and for the hands, to definitely lead the bow on the strings, to be able to easily manage a sentence, then move on to complex works.
If the little one has a violin recital, you can help him by checking that he meets several conditions such as: a month before he has to practice daily, as much as possible and you can organize a small recital at home; if he has to be dressed in a more sober outfit that he is not used to, at least three weeks before it would be advisable to have the rehearsals in the suit and with all the accessories; the day before the recital, check together to have everything he needs, including water; on the day of the recital make sure he is rested, that he has eaten well and is hydrated, also encourage him and be present next to him.
How to stay motivated or how to motivate your child
At the beginning the hardest thing is to be patient and get over the periods of discouragement, and for the little ones it is more difficult to manage to keep them motivated. That's why we still give you some tips that can help you:
Rewards: For both the little one and the adults, setting rewards after fulfilling a certain goal can be a good boost for work.
Set simple and frequent goals: Especially at the beginning you can set goals that you can more easily accomplish: than to aim to execute a job to perfection, go initially with passages. This way you will be much more motivated, being able to accomplish the goal in a shorter time, which will bring you satisfaction. Also, by taking small steps daily you can monitor your progress and thus avoid periods of frustration.
Stay positive: As with any activity you perform, you may have less good days when nothing is connected. Do not be discouraged and stay positive, always come the fruitful days that will bring you great satisfaction.
Encourage yourself: Always be positive and open, or encourage your child every day. You can read different books about violin practice, you can read about successful violinists, listen to highly refined performances. Also, go whenever you have the opportunity to listen live to valuable instrumentalists, who will motivate you.
Why play the violin?
The violin is a very well known instrument and thus is in the top of the most beloved. If your little one wants to learn to play this wonderful instrument, you must encourage him and be with him throughout the study, because it will have many benefits.
Thus, those who learn an instrument, and especially the violin, will have a much better tone, will develop more easily certain skills, will be able to overcome psychological disorders. Many who have studied the benefits of this practice encourage parents to provide their children with a climate conducive to playing the violin.
Even if the study is not for a long time, they will develop the little one's skills and will make him much more attentive, which will be useful in his further development.
It helps them to expand their social skills, more easily connecting conversations and friends with those who have the same concerns. He can join a group, such as an orchestra, and thus more easily connect conversations and meet more colleagues. Also, learning a tool leads to increased self-esteem, becoming aware of it and the relationships it links.
According to several studies conducted by skilled people, it has been found that musicians develop their sensory skills such as hearing, sight, tactile sense, much stronger than others.
Even if you did not start studying the violin as a child, you can start later, either for your personal pleasure or as an activity in school, thus developing your talent and skills. When you play the violin you can more easily get over certain states, you can get rid of the pressure induced by society and you can get rid of negative emotions.
Those who practice the violin study also have a beautiful posture, developed over time, through exercise. Increase motor skills, endurance and you can have a much better tone.
You will also find friends who have the same concerns as you, and if you join an orchestra you can enjoy a system in which you are included and feel good. In addition, at the recital you will have a festive outfit.
Your resume will be much improved and you will have more chances to find an ideal job. When you play the violin, even at home or for friends, you will enter a beneficial emotional state, thus driving away the stress accumulated during the day. The violin can help you get rid of depression, anxiety, finding the pleasure of an exceptional performance.
Even for an adult, studying the violin can be beneficial, in addition to improving the general condition, both physical and mental, maintaining a straight and beautiful posture, improving blood circulation, which is the source of many diseases. In addition, daily exercise will maintain an ideal body weight by burning calories.
I have certainly convinced you and you want to start studying this wonderful and refined instrument that is the violin. By purchasing a violin suitable for you, with patience and exercise, you will be able to reach the desired level and you will be able to benefit from the multiple advantages that the study offers. You will be in a very good physical shape, with a solid psyche, with a beautiful posture, with friends who have the same concerns as you, which will make you worth the effort to learn.