Have you recently bought your own violin? Have you already enrolled at any violin class? You need some formal lessons to be able to learn how to play this musical instrument. Although it has strings, it doesn’t have any frets like the guitar. Therefore, you can’t trust on any plucking skill alone to be able to produce the sound.
In playing this instrument, you have to use the bow. Hence, you should know how to use it. It is not all about moving it to and fro. You must learn the necessary positions to employ so that you can properly execute the appropriate bowing technique. At the same time, there are certain positions of the instrument which you should also practice.
So, how do you play the violin when in fact you are yet to learn a lot of things? What if you are a beginner, can you still play if efficiently? Perhaps the difference will lie on the confidence of the musician. The pros are certain to play with all of their skills, mastery, and of course, their confidence. If you have been playing the instrument all your life, then, it only follows that you are more self-assured as you face people. On the other hand, an amateur is likely to have the mindset that he is not yet as good as anybody else. With constant practice, you too can be the master of your craft.
The following are some of the very essential tips for those who are just beginning to unravel their own prowess in playing the violin.
Learn the basics. If the basics have been wrongly grasped, then, the execution will also be done wrong. If this happens, one is sure to happen and that is you will not be able to produce the right sound for your music.
Learn the parts and maintenance needs. Your instrument is made up of a myriad of parts. Thus, you should know each of them and what they do. Most importantly, you must know how to take good care of your musical instrument to ensure that its life is going to be prolonged.
One of the best skills that you have to develop is that of using both of your left and right hands. Your left hand’s main use is that of fingering. There are techniques that you must be familiar with regarding the use of your hand to properly hold the instrument. The proper position actually lets you express the sound in the right way. Meanwhile, the right hand is mainly used for holding the bow. One effective way of bowing is by firstly playing the violin in a very slow motion. This will train you to learn the various angles that your bow can go to. That is, from one end to the other.
Practice your active listening skills. The ears should be trained to listen intently as to whether the right notes are being played. The ears are also used to know if the violin is in the right position and if the hand is in the correct place.
Most amateurs think that starting out with the fundamentals of violin playing is such a daunting task. Every beginner must understand that it is the burning passion that makes things easy. Furthermore, discipline and training are two of the vital factors that are to be developed so that it will be less complicated to learn the pertinent skills and techniques.