I’ve had several students who talk about how excited they are to start violin because they have always loved the sound of the instrument. But after they had a few lessons, these excited students either quit or grow very frustrated with how slowly they are progressing.
What many don’t know, is that violin is one of the hardest instruments to learn as a beginner. As the author of this article points out, “Violin playing is hard. Specifically, the worst part of learning is often at the front end. Some instruments, like the piano can be learned cumulatively – meaning it’s easy to do at first, and then can get more complicated as your knowledge builds. Violin playing is much more like riding a bike – it’s basically impossible at first, but you have to train your muscles to cooperate, and certain bodily movements have to become basically automatic. That’s why you often have to spend so much time simply learning how to hold the bow, or get a pitch in tune.”
Take some time to read this short article, as it may be an encouragement to any of you who are either learning the instrument, or watching your child learn violin.