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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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.