I have been pondering this question for some time. Well, the last 2 years that I have been learning violin.
So here's what I want to know - why are there so many really excellent young players, i mean young as in 10 years and under. I mean, the violin is supposed to be a difficult instrument, and the advanced repertoire is supposed to require outstanding musicality and feeling, which we would normally assoicate with experience = age. And I am just now reaqlly coming to terms with the fact that every single note has to be thought about/planned/ and the bow and left hand set up almost changes every note and phrase, so with that kind of technical demand, how on earth does any kid do it? And sure, I could understand that one or two kids in a generation could be exceptional, but if you trawl through the internet you can easily be presented with hundreds of these guys. So can the instrument really be that difficult?
And the second part of my question is, for those kids that are considered exceptional, do they actually think about what they are doing when they play. i think, as an adult learner, i tend to intellectualise A LOt, and that just gets in the way of playing. But hey, as an adult I have developed the skill of top-down analyis and focusing for a situation. And I can't just let go of that. But surely these little kids don't think all the time in this way, do they?
And finally, the third part of my question - if little kids can do it with such apparent ease, then why can't I do it too, with equal skill and ease? I'm musical, I have excellent pitch, I understand how to get a sound out of the instrument, why can't I (or possibly any other adult learner) just do it with the same ease as a child? In fact, why can't I do it easier and quicker than a kid?
I'd be most interested in all of your perspectives on this.
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