Be a Violin Master: A blog around what to do to enhance your violin skills.

The violin is one of the most popular string instruments and one of the most beautiful ones! However, playing it’s not as easy as it is to love it. Whether you are a beginner or you have been playing for years, there is always a scope for improvement.

This endless road can be very challenging but also very rewarding. It is dedication, time and commitment to practicing skills that will enhance your playing abilities.

But believe me, it’s worth it!

For starters, a good teacher will be your friend and will help you throughout, by guiding you in your learning journey. Another aspect is the instrument you choose. Getting a good quality violin will help you to get to another level with your music and passion.

Now, if you have not been so long in this process of learning, you’ll find it very helpful to record what you play. This guides you to take necessary measurements of the things that need improvements. You will immediately hear the actual sounds you are producing and understand what is needed to change.

And, it’s nice to compare the videos with your evolution.

When you’re playing, pay attention to the pressure you apply on the bow, this impacts the tonal quality of your violin.

Use practice time effectively.

Loving an instrument doesn’t mean you love all the practices; we are aware that it can become massive and a bit tiring. But, practicing will make you get better, so slow down and keep going.

As with any attempt, there isn’t a right way to go about practicing. Each musician will find what works better, so be open to trying different approaches whenever you feel like it until you find your right one.

Playing the violin is not that easy, it takes hard work and discipline! It’s crucial that you try your best to schedule your time and play regularly. To be a good violin player, you need to practice as much as you can.

When practicing the violin, it's helpful to keep in mind that practice time should be spent in a focused way. A typical practice session might include focus on intonation, dexterity, string crossings, and maintaining a single contact point. A well-divided practice can make a considerable difference! For example, ten minutes spent on each goal equals a 40-minute practice session.

Understand what you are playing

Scales are the building blocks of violin music. Certain patterns are essential to know and give an opportunity to improve intonation and tone production across the board.

After you’ve taken the piece apart and worked out the kinks, play through the piece again to see what stuck. Study your patterns on your violin by breaking down the parts.

Moreover, be ready to switch gears once and a while. If the method or practice is not working after several tries, maybe change something in your technique or approach. Testing new things helps you grow and discover new things about yourself.

Try playing slowly. When you slow down, you have more time to think about the details of what you're doing. You can use this time to create a comprehensive visual image of how you are playing. But remember, it is important to play everything slowly and at the same tempo when you do it. Do not practice the easy parts fast.

So later, when you step it back, the rhythms will be correct.

Also, the more you repeat something, the more it 'grooves' itself into your muscle memory.

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