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What Are the Benefits of Playing the Violin? Some May Surprise You.

Thomas McGregor

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Published: August 26, 2014 at 11:04 PM [UTC]

I'm very excited about this article! Mainly because we are flooded with so much negativity in the media today, over and over again throughout each day. Forget all that, today we are talking about the awesome-jump-up-and-down-smile-from-ear-to-ear-amazing-surprising-true-benefits of playing the violin! These you benefits you can pull out anytime a student asks, at the dinner table or at the post office. These facts will serve you anywhere at anytime to support the art form you love - playing the violin.

Mental Benefits:
1. Your muscle memory will improve as you become better at playing violin. It also gives you the opportunity to memorize songs and play without sheet music, which sharpens your memory even more. Your mind will sharpen as you refine your focusing skills, and those mental muscles will become easier to fire when you want to use them.

2. When you're stressed, playing the violin is a very healthy way to let off some anger. The sound of the music can even be calming, and playing a song you know well can provide relaxation. After practicing, you may feel as though you've been meditating. Playing a comfortable song can put your mind at ease and but you in a really good space.

3. According to a study review presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, school-age children who play the violin often see a boost in academic achievement compared to their non-musical peers. Your ability to process information will increase the more you play the violin. This is because when you play the violin you are processing multiple streams of information stemuli. Your arms are moving, in accordance with the notes you are reading, that you in turn make sound as you hear it in your head. The amount of information that is processed is quite amazing, literally!

Physical Benefits
1. You may find yourself getting tired after first starting the violin. This is completely normal. As your arm muscles and upper body become stronger, they become stronger and this fatigue will lessen. As a result; stronger arms, more stamina, and burned calories. That's right! When you build muscle you burn calories - every time! It was said that violinist Jascha Heifetz lost up to 3lbs every time he performed. If you perform twice a week, you could drop optimistically 6lbs a week. Talk about motivation!

2. Another amazing benefits of playing violin is that it requires you to have impeccable posture. This means you’ll need to have your back straight, shoulders back, and limbs relaxed. As a result, you become stronger. Also, your posture becomes better in more ares of your life. Dr. Oz once stated that good posture could prevent many every day illnesses because of the increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain and the rest of the body. This will clear up mental fog, stress and tension in your joints.

3. When coordinating both your fingers and your arms simultaneously, you build hand eye coordination AND finger dexterity. This is HUGE! When playing the violin you are building to very valuable skills simultaneously. When you play, you are required to match up your left hand with your right arm movements. At the same time your left hand fingers need to hit specific spots on the fingerboard, which, are only indicated by the sound you here. This means you are relying several mechanisms in order to link everything up. This is a massive achievement within itself. An achievement that strengths your mind, dexterity and coordination.

Social Benefits
1. When you perform, or simply play in front of an instructor, you build confidence. Every time you receive positive feedback from an external source, your confidence builds and that, in turn, positively impacts your playing. This confidence builds on itself until you are a mountain of confidence that allows you to play strongly and with conviction.

2. As you zero in on things you'd like to fix in your playing, you develop higher standards for yourself. This, if you'll let it, will impact other areas of your life. Once you've built your confidence, and you know you can achieve a higher level, you'll continuously apply constructive criticism on your art. This will flow into other areas of your life; relationships, finance, health, etc. This is a major benefit, and everyone will notice it.

3. Just by being a violinist, you are apart of history. This will give you a sense of community and connectedness to a larger whole. The violin has a massive history and, whether you are playing the classics or composing original material, every time you play your violin you are continuing a legacy that spans 400+ years! This is an incredible feeling and can propel you to feel as though what you are doing is part of a bigger story - and it is!

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Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Violin playing is very relaxing and also gives you a sense of fulfillment.
Posted on August 31, 2014 at 1:26 AM
Good article but too many grammatical errors for public release!

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