5 Crucial Lessons Learned Playing Violin
1. Practice, practice, practice! No matter how much training one receives, whether you are new to the instrument or have been playing since you were three, all musical pieces need practice. Unless you are a musical genius, few people can play a song perfectly the first time through. The brain must make finger, hand, arm, shoulder, brain connections. By playing a piece over and over and over… (until your family wants to hide your precious instrument when you aren’t looking) the brain needs time to make those connections. Scratch that… even musical geniuses have to play a new piece a few times to get it perfect.
2. There will be days that you will feel like destroying your beautiful instrument in a dramatic, rock star inspired way. DON’T DO IT!!! Put the instrument down and walk away. Having to replace your instrument is expensive and having to explain why you are constantly buying a new violin is just plain embarrassing.
3. Lessons and a good teacher are essential to getting the sound just right. Sure, you can learn on your own. There are thousands of books out there that will help you self-teach but with the careful eye of a trained musician, you will improve faster than doing it on your own. Your teacher has years of experience learning, playing, reading, and teaching music. There is no price for how valuable this is. Their careful eye will see things that you won’t because you will be so focused on what your fingers, hands and arms are doing.
4. Try challenging pieces and don’t be afraid to fail. The only way to learn a new skill is to fail a million times. As the adage goes “Fall seven times, get up eight!” If you don’t try, you won’t fail. If you don’t fail, you won’t learn.
5. There are going to be days that you sound like complete CRAP! There are going to be days that you sound AMAZING! There are going to be days that you don’t care if you ever figure out how to make it sound great. Don’t stress, tomorrow is ALWAYS a new day.
BE BIG. BE BOLD. BE BEAUTIFUL. BE YOU!!!