My daughter just turned 2 and is obsessed with the violin because I play. I know that she is way too young to start lessons, but she keeps asking for a violin and I just tell her that I'm working on it. Am I better off getting her a box violin or a tiny inexpensive violin that actually makes sound? I don't want a soundless violin to discourage or frustrate her, but then again a violin that does make sound might frustrate her, too, since it probably won't sound good at all. I don't mind getting her an instrument to play around with but part of me wonders if playing around might create weird habits that will be tough to break when she actually is old enough to start lessons. I didn't start until I was almost 8, and found myself way behind the game with my peers, with a lot of catching up to do to compete on any real level as a teenager. I do want to give her the opportunity to start earlier if she wants to, but I didn't expect her intense interest this young!
I am working on buying a piano in the next couple of months and will gladly let her bang away on that, perhaps seeing me play piano will redirect the obsession! But I think she'll always know that violin is my main instrument and she wants to do whatever I do. Thankfully, I can already tell that she has a good ear since she sings constantly.
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