What a Violinist Learned from Playing the Piano


If you want to become a good violinist, you need to learn to play a piano. You’ll wondering why would I say that right? The reason behind is that as a violinist, you need to learn to understand harmonics and as a part time violin teacher myself, you must be capable of accompany your students.

To be honest, I played the piano rather often. However, I did not want to play piano and am too lazy to practice. Perhaps I dislike it just because my parents forced me to play it. Somehow, I managed to fall in love playing the piano as time passes by.

Benefits Of Learning To Play A Piano As a Violist

Before I want to talk about the benefits, I would like to give you a warning. There are a lot of myth when it comes to learning a piano. One of them is that you need to learn to play a piano first before you starting learning to play a violin. It is believed that it can be rather difficult if you start to play a violin as your first musical instrument.

To me, here’s what I think about this myth: If you want to play the violin, just start playing it.

The choice of your instrument is rather important when it comes to the joy you have in learning music. Start on the musical instrument you want!

For some reason, you are already playing the piano or you would love to play the piano, I can guarantee you that it will benefit your violin playing in a long run. However, I want to you to keep in mind that playing two totally different instruments can be challenging at first. It can take quite some time to progress.

One of the main benefits that I found from playing the piano is that I learn to understand more about music harmony. When you are playing a piano, you need to play many notes at the same time. You need to play chords with different melodies which can be difficult at first. On the violin, you need to play only one note at a time for most of the time.

With this, I am able to create chords for my violin etudes. After playing the piano for 3 months, I am able to see the harmonic progressions in my violin piece. For me, this is really good when it comes to playing in tune on your violin and also understand the meaning of each note you play.

While I play a violin, I always check notes on the piano. If you do this in this method. You can always check if you are playing in tune.

Buying A Piano To Get Started

Now you know that learning to play a piano can benefit you as a violinist. However, there’s a problem. You don’t have a piano to practice. The best way to overcome this problem is to buy a used piano Malaysia instead of purchasing a brand new piano. This way it can certainly help you to save a lot of money.

All of the benefits I have shared with you are based on my experience. I truly hope that this has been an eye opener for you. Also, one thing to always remember is that, playing the piano is not a must for playing a violin, but it can certainly benefits you.

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Kids’ Movies – Is Your Child Too Young to Watch Some Kids’ Movies?

Today, I am going to share with you a topic that’s not related to violins or music. It’s going to be different. As you can see from the title, it’s about whether your kids are too young to watch certain kid’s movies. As you already know, I have 2 kids and would like to share you some experience about this topic today.

With children’s movie reaching to a more complicated themes, it is crucial that you check whether the movie is too young for your kids. How can you know if it’s suitable for your kids?

Here are a few checklist you can check:

  • If your children are afraid of strange animated creatures in their books, then it is assumed that creature in movies will rather scary for them.
  • If your children shows any signs of anxiety following episodes of kids’ cartoon. For example, Dora the Explorer, then they are not ready to watch kid’s movie.
  • If your children finds that loud noises are uncomfortable, then the action-packed kids movies are not suitable.

The best way to test is to start with a film that is usually more than thirty minutes but shorter than a full-length children’s movie ( 90 minutes).

First, you can check if your child can sit comfortably without interruption throughout the movie. After that, choose a movie that the villain is not that evil-looking and check how your kid is reacting to the movie.

o If your child finds loud noises off-putting or uncomfortable, then the action-packed movies may not be a good step forward.

One way to test your theory out is to start off with a film which is a little longer than a regular episode (30 mins) but shorter than a full-length feature film (90 mins).

By doing this method, you can know what movie you can show to your kids.

If you are tired of lazy to know what movies to should show to your kids, here’s a solution for you. I highly recommend you guys try out this kid’s movie called Moana.

That’s all for now. Please share your opinion about this movie in the comment section below. I’ll be sharing other violin tips in my next post. Stay tuned.




5 Common Beginner Violinist Mistakes

5 Common Beginner Violinist Mistakes

With any new skill, mistakes and goof-ups are inevitable. Some of these turn out to be invaluable learning experiences, but others are just hassles. As for me, it is not easy to become a great violinist. When I first started to play the violin, I made a lot of mistakes that I think it would be beneficial for my readers to learn. Here are some common beginner mistakes as a beginner violinist.

1. Limp Wrist

Resist the urge to bring your left wrist up to support the neck. When you hold your hand like that, it’s impossible to curve your fingers as much as you should (go on, you can experiment with your own hand). The violin will remain upright and in its place without cradling the neck in your hand, so remember to drop the wrist.

2. Rosin! Rosin! Rosin!

Rosin is used to increase friction between the bow and the strings. Without enough friction, you don’t get much vibration of the string and therefore not a lot of sound. That being said, don’t go overboard with rosining your bow. You will be able to tell when you need to add more: you’ll only be getting a whisper of sound out of your instrument. Too much rosin will create too much friction between the bow and the string, which results in poor tone quality. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to tell when you need to add more rosin-the sound from your violin will drop to a whisper.

3. Where’s Your Bow?

Where you put the bow on the string also affects the quality and volume of your sound. If you’ve ever gone to an elementary school string concert, you can see some of them with their bow way up on the neck, or way down by the bridge (the wooden part perpendicular to the body that holds up the strings). Needless to say, this is not the example you want to follow. Think of the bridge and the neck as walls or boundaries that your bow should never cross, and the parts of the string nearest them as dangerous territory. The bow should stay in the middle.

4. Elbows Out

Leaning your elbow against your body puts your violin at a bad angle and negatively affects the quality and volume of your sound. If your arm is so tired that you can’t hold the violin up, call it quits for the time being.

5. Perspective

At first, you might not progress as quickly as you had hoped. Don’t get discouraged! You’re not going to become an expert overnight. The only way you’ll improve is by playing more, so keep on keeping on, and you’ll see the payoff soon enough.

I hope you enjoy this post and have learn something out of it. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Also, here is my recent post  where I discussed about essential facts about violin.

Violin Facts

Essential Facts About Violin You Didn’t Know

Essential Facts About Violin

Every little thing essential about the violin – from playing the violin, to making a violin – depends on the tiniest details. When purchasing online for student violins for your kid, the guideline of “small details continues to use.” How you ask? When shopping for a violin within the $250 to $900 range, how the violin is setup by the store selling you the violin can make more of a change in the last sound and playability of the musical instrument, than the price and high quality of the instrument itself.

A violin “set up” knowns as the last, great modifications made to the violin bridge, tailpiece, soundpost, pegs, fingerboard, strings and also more. Simply puts, in the hands of a professional violinmaker, a $450 violin can sound much better than a remarkable violin priced at $900 because of the small details that enter into a skilled brand-new violin setup.

Online violin stores give trainee and intermediate violins for sale that are certainly handcrafted by makers, typically in other nations such as China. These violins are created – and sound – better than violins produced in a factory. The skilled workers who construct them great, however generally not fantastic makers. So even handcrafted violins are delivered to the USA with a minimum required, generic setup. If the online shop where the violin is acquired does not have a respectable store behind it, with master-trained luthiers present to enhance the preliminary setup of the instrument, chances are that the violin that will be provided to you will just not meet its potential.

There are apparent reasons you, as a parent acquiring a violin for a child, would prefer the violin to sound as good as it potentially could. However a specialist violin setup does more than just improve the violin’s quality of sound and tone; it enhances and ease of playing and the playability of the violin, as well. This truth highlights the value of a professional setup greater than anything else. Who does not wish to make an already-difficult instrument simpler for a kid to play?

A caring and more-than-competent violin store is not pleased with the minimum general setup of instruments getting here from factories. A shop with diligent makers will make a couple of crucial tweaks to the musical instrument, generally in the following locations:

  • Bridge – though the bridge is a little and simple device on the violin, its significance is big. A badly carved and installed violin bridge makes or breaks the violin’s sound as well as playability. Little changes from a specialist will make all the distinction.
  • Fingerboard – the long ebony fingerboard lies in between the tailpiece and bridge to the nut. Violins from the manufacturer frequently have to have the fingerboard took away and re-secured and shifted for ease of playability.
  • Soundpost – the little wood dowel in the violin in between the front and also back plates of the violin and kept in place by friction transfers sound in between each. Changing the soundpost in tiny amounts can significantly change the tone and total volume of the instrument.
  • Tuning Pegs – are utilized to protect a string to the pegbox of the violin. Pegs normally have to be adjusted to match properly in the pegbox hole to ensure that the pegs turn freely and do not slip.
  • Strings – violins from the manufacturing facility are unsuitable with high-grade strings. A store will generally change the low-level strings with better strings to enhance the sound of the violin.

It depends on the parent to carry out their due diligence when looking into where online to purchase an instrument. Certainly, it’s much better to visit a local and reliable violin store and make your purchase in-person. However if there are no regional violin stores – as well as if there are – there are benefits to purchasing online from a credible as well as well-known store that will use the violin at an excellent cost with a specialist setup.