When the violin is played properly, it can move listeners to cry, dance, laugh, and experience a wide range of emotions. Violins are played in all types of music, from classical to hard rock to pop. And while it may initially seem challenging to learn to play this popular instrument, mastering the basics of violin yields beautiful and inspiring results.
The Importance of Goals
When you are first beginning to explore your interest in violin, it can be helpful to sit down and set a few goals by asking yourself some basic questions. What type of music are you interested in? What kinds of songs would you like to be able to play? After all, it is much easier to stay motivated when you’re planning on playing the type of music that you like.
Take out a pen and paper and write out the things that you would like to accomplish on the violin. You may also want to consider a few other things, such as whether you are planning on playing just as a hobby or if you one day hope to play professionally. Understanding your motivations can help you better plan for your future as a violinist.
The Role of Your Violin Teacher
After you have compiled your list, place it in a visible spot so you will always be reminded of your goals. Also, be sure to sit down with your violin teacher to discuss your plans. Your teacher can help you evaluate your goals and determine the best ways to accomplish them. He or she can also suggest practice tips, including which specific exercises to incorporate into your routine.
Mastering the Basics
Your teacher will start with the basics of violin because — as with most other things in life — the fundamentals establish a critical foundation for success. In fact, the basics will continue to be an integral part of your training: ultimately, the better your foundation is, the stronger you will be as a violinist.
While learning how to properly pull the bow across the string may not sound like fun, your violin will never sound good if you don’t learn how to play with the proper technique. Keeping your goals in mind will help you during times when you might otherwise get bored with practicing the basics over and over again.
Furthermore, the basics become infinitely more interesting when you realize their potential applications: for instance, learning and conquering your shifting techniques will become much more satisfying when you realize that they are an important part of playing your favorite songs!
Consistency is Key
Another important factor in improving as a violinist is consistency. Practicing 30 minutes every day is much more effective than a sporadic schedule in which you might practice for hours at a time here and there with long stretches of no practice in between. Again, your violin teacher will play a vital role in encouraging consistency by helping you set realistic goals. He or she can also assess your progress and acknowledge key milestones along the way.
Many accomplished violinists, as well as their teachers, agree that staying motivated throughout the learning process is essential. Once your motivation has been established, improving as a violin player becomes a simple matter of daily practice. As you progress and your skills improve, your violin teacher will continue to play a critical role during your journey toward violin mastery.
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