Learning to play an instrument can be an exciting endeavour, but at the start it can be challenging. Knowing what to expect along the way can save you from getting discouraged when you feel like quitting. We created an infographic to prepare you for what’s to come.
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1. You won’t be able to play perfectly immediately
Learning a new skill takes time, start slowly & once you have mastered the basics the rest will follow.
2. Stringed instruments can cause you pain
Pressing your fingers against the violin strings can take its toll on your fingertips. Once you’ve been playing for a while, it won’t bother you as much.
3. Travelling light may no longer be an option
Riding home on your bicycle or taking a stroll through the town may not be as easy when you are schlepping your instrument with you. Flying abroad? You may need to book an extra piece of luggage.
4. It can be tempting to quit
When you keep missing that chord or losing the beat you may be tempted to give up - but prevail & you will forever be grateful.
5. Tuning can be a challenge
When you start out you will have trouble getting it tuned correctly. Training your ear can take some experience!
6. Ouch! What’s that pain in your neck?
The chin rest may cause you a little discomfort if it rubs against your neck, be wary of getting a stiff neck from holding it in awkward positions.
7. There will always be someone better than you!
No matter how good you are at playing the violin, there will always be someone better than you.
8. There is always more to learn
You will never be finished learning, even professional musicians always have room for improvement. The more you practice, the better you will sound.
9. You’ll need to play at every family party
Your family will always want to show off your talent. Having a party? Don’t forget your violin!