I want to start playing violin/cello but my parents don't believe I am serious about it, any help?
I am a 15 year old who wants to start playing violin or violoncello but my parents don't believe I am serious about it, I also have prior experience in woodwinds and music theory.
+ Additionally I am looking to make a decision on which of the two aforementioned instruments to pick.
When you listen to a full orchestra playing, do you find yourself drawn to the treble lines or the bass lines?
The cello is hard to transport, and fees can be more expensive. Could you try both before deciding? Also, you can play viola. If you don't know what that is, we'll inform you. Do you have plans to take lessons? Can you convince your parents that you'd like to try? If it doesn't work out for you, you can quit. Also, I highly recommend renting an instrument at first, especially when you're unsure whether you'll stick with it long-term or not.
If cost is a concern, then I would push them for violin lessons over cello. Playing a cello will cost a lot more in the long run, although if you only find yourself loving cello music then better to push for that than play an instrument you hate.
I see nothing wrong with starting viola without violin experience, especially if you're of adult size. For kids, it's a bit more of a problem due to instrument sizing issues. There's small violas. Unfortunately, they're less common, and teachers are often unwilling to start child-sized people on viola, especially when they're still growing. I know there's exceptions to this rule, however.
Okay thanks, I was leaning more towards cello either way. My main question was about what I can do if my parents are not thrilled about my choice to play either instrument.
Hmm I'm guessing that their reluctance could be something to do with you playing the other instruments and then switching to another one? Just a guess since I myself tend to switch hobbies to a point that I can't even trust myself if I'm going to stick to something or not =/ Which other instruments do you play and for how long each?
They might be concerned with financial costs -- maybe you can negotiate with them about that. Have something in return and/or some kind of punishment clause if you don't go through with it.
I don't have the foggiest idea how schools are setup today so this might not be helpful. But, if you can take a study hall, and spend it for a few weeks in the music department with a cello, maybe you will find out for sure which instrument you want to spend a lot of time with. Then have the teacher go to bat for you with your parents.
That wouldn't be possible but thanks, Jim
Which of those are you still playing most of the time? Or are you playing all of them pretty much all equally? How often?
3 times a week for Bari (in school) and 30 mins most days for alto
Sounds like you don't have the time to commit to a string instrument, Ayden.
The physical demands of violin playing are more difficult for violin than cello because the basic posture needed to hold the instrument and bow are really contortions. Cello posture requirements are completely normal. At the other end of life (when you are old) it will be easier to continue to play the cello. However both instruments are difficult to play at "intermediate" and high levels.
As far as convincing your parents goes Ayden, maybe you could offer to carry part of the cost for instrument rent and lessons. Then you'll have skin in the game and your parents could safely assume you're serious about learning whichever instrument you decide on.
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