The violin is said to be a very difficult instrument to learn. There are people who actually practice the violin, but some people get frustrated and quit. How much time and amount of practice will a beginner who has just started playing the violin need to improve? This time, I will explain the progress period and the amount of practice when starting the violin from an adult.
Many people start playing the violin when they are children, and many think that it is too late to start as an adult. Adults have matured brains and bodies and are not as flexible as children, so it takes time to learn. The length of time it takes to perform well depends on the degree of difficulty and completion of the piece. If it is a simple song, it will be completed in about 1 to 2 months to the extent that it can be played for the time being. It takes two to three years for a slightly difficult song. In order to improve, it is essential to learn techniques such as being able to use a bow consistently and to be able to apply vibrato skillfully. Expect it to take longer to reach pro level. You will also need to have proper form.
First of all, it is preferable for beginners to aim for songs that have a simple scale, little change, and a lot of repetitions, as shown below. It is a good idea to consider the period from 2 weeks to 1 month as a guideline to be able to play. Of course, practicing every day is a must. Of course, if you skip halfway through, it will take longer to improve.
Once you’ve learned a few songs, try practicing a few more complex songs. If you find it difficult, the trick is to practice each part first. Anyway, if you practice the difficult parts over and over again, you will eventually improve and you will be able to play well. I think it would be nice to be able to play the following songs in about a year.
And if you feel like you’re getting better, try practicing songs that are more difficult and have a lot of movement in the scale. You can say that you have reached a considerable level when you can play songs that require delicate and intense finger movements, such as the following.
The daily amount of practice required to improve the violin is about 30 minutes to 1 hour, and it is basic to practice every day. I don’t recommend practicing more than 10 hours from the beginning. If you keep doing this, many people will come to hate practicing and quit. Start slowly with 30 minutes a day. Gradually increase the amount of time you practice as you get used to it. If you don’t play the violin even for a day, your senses will dull and you won’t be able to move your fingers well. Whether or not you can practice continuously is bigger than the practice time. Also, people’s attention spans don’t last very long. Be sure to take a break after practicing for 30 minutes to an hour. If you don’t practice in a refreshed state, you won’t make much progress.
The violin is a difficult instrument to get into proper pitch. The position of the piano keyboard is fixed, so you know where to press. The same is true for guitars, but not for violins. Because there are no markings on the violin, it is difficult to know the position of the scale, and it is difficult to play correctly. A lot of people get frustrated and give up here. The same is true for violas and cellos.
Many people try to learn expressions once they get used to playing the violin to some extent. It’s time to learn vibrato, but the premise is that you can play the pitch correctly. Vibrato requires two things: softening the wrist and softening the fingertips. It takes a lot of time to learn vibrato. Vibrato is a playing technique that is said to be very difficult to learn and requires three years of practice.