Hello! I've poked around to see if this has been addressed here in the past; my apologies if it has and I missed it.
I'm nearly 44 and began piano when I was 10, continuing lessons at a fairly high level until college. I still play and enjoy myself very much but have also always been fascinated by the violin. (No frets?! How do they DO that?) Second to the human voice, I think it's the instrument with the most inherent beauty of tone and flexibility on Earth. A piano can result in a "lazy ear," since we don't generally tune our own instruments or have to seek out and create the notes before playing them. I'm hoping that studying the violin might help with this.
I work full time and with the piano to take up much of my leisure time, I'm not sure how much time I could devote to a violin, but I would not want to learn casually. I tend to be a bit driven and even though I know I'll never be very good starting at this age, I would like to be as good as I can manage and would take it quite seriously.
I guess I have a few questions:
1) The last time I idly messed around with a stringed instrument, my fretboard fingers actually started bleeding. I imagine they have to "toughen up." How much of a problem would this be for a pianist? Are there any people out there who play both instruments who could offer advice?
2) What should I look for in an instructor as an adult student with extensive experience in another instrument but ZERO experience in this one? If you are an instructor with a student in this situation, do you have any advice?
Again I apologize if these questions have already been covered. TYIA. :-)
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