Learning to Play the Violin as an Adult

An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks

Learning to play an instrument isn’t a skill only children can learn. In fact, studies have shown that adults are more than capable of picking up a violin at any age and having a great experience. The violin is especially useful in helping to improve motor skills, is stimulating which helps you stay aware and sharp, and builds intellectual skills. In short: the violin is the perfect instrument for any age.

To get started, you’ll need a bit of courage and determination. Your best bet is to find a private instructor you can meet with, either physically or digitally, and allow them to guide you through your learning process. Chances are, there are plenty of available tutors or instructors in your area who would be thrilled to help an adult learn to play.

Getting Yourself Set Up

Depending on your level of interest and available resources, you’ll need to determine if you want to purchase a violin or rent one. There are a variety of product options available to you and range in price but purchasing versus renting is a decision you’ll want to research more. Regardless of your decision, finding the right size violin for you will make all the difference in your learning experience. Children often need to be fitted for a violin periodically, but a benefit to being an adult player is that the size doesn’t change.

Next, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with some of the violin jargon you will begin to hear. Are you familiar with the chin rest? What is a bridge? You’ve got your bow selected and you’re ready to get started, but did you find the correct rosin to use? Once you understand the terminology, you can rest assure that you are setting yourself up for success.

Give Yourself the Gift of Music

Finding new ways to enjoy your time at home is important and filling your home with the wondrous sounds of a violin will create memories to last a lifetime. Practice alone, or get your whole family involved in learning a skill that engages their brain, promotes creativity, and feel proud of yourself for taking on a new challenge. You will never hear a musician say they regret mastering their craft. Before you know it, you’ll be telling your friends the same!

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