I am the father of a 7 year old boy and I am debating whether I should start him on violin. As an avid violinist myself, I would love for him to learn the violin, but I wonder if maybe we would be setting him up for failure. Here's why. He learned piano for almost 2 years and is quite gifted. He learns very quickly and also has perfect pictch. I am always amazed when I play 3-4 notes simultaneously on the piano and he can name each one without fail. But, he hates to practice and does not have the patience or discipline to work out the bumps when he plays a piece. We stopped the piano because it was too much of a struggle to get him to practice. And once he got to a piece that was hard for him, he lost interest.
In a way, I envy the parents of 3-4 year olds who beg for violin lessons. My son is not like that. I asked if he would be interested in violin, and he said he was, not he is not super excited about it.
So, should we start him on violin, knowing that if he quits, he will probably never return to violin for the rest of his life? I am especially interested in hearing from other parents with kids similar to mine, kids that needed a lot of coercing to play and practice and whether it was a good idea to have them learn such a difficult instrument.
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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