The biggest mysteries to playing the violin are....
Here's one to start with: its so obvious when someone else is playing out of tune - and yet so hard to tell when you are. [OK, so maybe that is not true for perfect-pitchers, but I actually don't know...]
How Hilary Hahn has perfect 4th finger vibrato in the highest positions
Elise, i like your own mistery....... :)
How on Earth baroque players in the olden days played difficult repertoire without a chin rest or shoulder rest. We kind of know, but still...
Mysteries for me: how to play the severely stretched intervals reliably in tune: 10ths, the 2-4 octave. Also; the down-bow fast staccato.
Indeed, Marco, but how many hundreds of intentional repetitions we have to do to get to that blessed state!
The great mystery? How can one put so much effort, over so much time into something and have so little to show for it. Then maybe the real great mystery is why keep trying over a lifetime? That's the beauty of it.
I'm with Tom... and how on earth so much sound comes out of two tiny f-shaped holes from a box!
Pamela, yes I also get very uncomfortable when someone is playing out of tune and I dont have a perfect pitch either. When my daughter plays a note badly out of tune, my eyelashes start to twitch. And sometimes listening to a student recital is torture. I also start to feel a bit of nausea if something is transposed
It's true for adults too - but not as drastic as with children. Our neuroplasticity is not as... plastic as a child's. I've been struggling with intonation (LOL) for a series of double-stopped sixths, and did not practice it for two days, then pulled it back out and it had improved enough to give me hope that I'd get closer to not-nauseated intonation eventually.
In general, it is easier to notice when someone else is making a mistake, or when we're listening to a recording of ourselves, than it is when we're playing. That's because our brains are already occupied with the task of playing itself, with less cognitive power left over for analysis. Or we "hear" what we
My mystery: why are strings so darned expensive?
Great topic, there are so many great misteries associated with violin playing and I can relate to many already mentionned. I often wonder how all of modern top students/soloists seem to be slim and attractive.
Imagine the amazing players who are not slim/attractive, or in general who were not given the support from teachers/institutions/jobs because of their perceived attractiveness or "potential"??? https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0148284
I have an answer to one of those mysteries; Why do we put in so much time and repetitions and still not have the results we want ? Two reasons. 1) Practice does Not make perfect; it makes permanent. Repeating something wrong, out of tune, inefficient mechanics, won't make it right. Better results happen from as little as 3 repetitions done the way you want, every day, for several days, and let the back of the brain integrate it while you sleep. 2) Inadequate technique. If you give a sculpturer wood chisels and ask him to carve marble, he can bang away all day without results. I had a roommate who worked seriously on the Grieg piano concerto and never got anywhere with it - He never had piano lessons, zero technique.
The mystery of the human condition: trying to dominate/control/change what is happening in reality to our vision, whether our approach to said desire to change/control/etc is appropriate for the situation or not! It's so true Joel...
"why I and so many other people spend hours that amount to days and eventually years of practice while not planning on performing."
When you have perfect pitch, in theory you may compare the notes you're playing against a "reference pitch" in your head. Those references pitches are not necessarily entirely stable. They can be thrown off by finding yourself deriving relative pitch instead.
My mystery is why Mozart is so damned hard.
Cotton Mather: Because they know any pro violinist are willing to spend $10,000 on a violin. While great sounding and playing guitars can be had for $400