Jan 1st 2017 by erikagrl13 • 20 Questions • 487 Points
I've been playing violin since 1994, and teaching since 2012.
I can answer any any questions about playing violin professionally, teaching, or going to school for a performance degree!
Is it possible for a grown up, who never played it before, to eventually master it? With constant practice I mean.
Absolutely. As long as you have the time dedicated to the art, anything is possible!
I've taught a 60 yr. old who caught on immediately, and moved on to amazing works a year or two later. It's not a skill that can be learned overnight, but as long as you have decent practicing, and lots of it - you too can be an accomplished violinist!
And your point about singers are spot on. Natural singers are the greatest musicians who have no idea what they're doing lol. It can be a blessing/curse for little kids who can naturally sound great without understanding what's going on/why musically
It's been proven time and time again that learning an instrument has a drastic increase in mathematical ability, social skills, and spatial reasoning.
Is 16 too late to pick up the violin? And how would you prefer to learn as a starter ?
It's never too late! I've taught many people over 50!
Find someone you're comfortable with, someone who isn't afraid to relate to you! I had the best experiences with instructors who understood what I wanted, and where I was in life. Find one who will swear back :)
No Problem :)
Starting to learn violin seems like a big step (if you don't know anything from music or never played an instrument). How can you reduce this step as much as possible?
Playing violin always took my attention, but I don't know that I like playing the violin when I start playing.
and thank you! You'll be just as wonderful!