Transferable skills from piano to violin
What are some transferable skills from piano to violin? I was thinking that the piano is very helpful in learning how to sight read music.
Obviously if you can read music on one instrument, it's not so hard to read it on another, clef differences apart.
How far does being able to read music on piano help one learning to play violin?
Technically, not so much - all that right hand dexterity gone to waste! The left has to work a lot harder though!
I would guess that a good pianist will have the left forearm and hand muscular development, and neuro coordination to speed up progress on the violin when learning from a good teacher (posture and all that which it entails).
I have a friend violinist who originally trained as a pianist. She claims left hand finger independence was never a problem for her. She also says she can transfer typical practice tricks to practice a technical passage to the violin. But of course the two instruments remain as different as can be.
Ask Julia Fischer...
I doubt that some of the specific right-hand/left/hand skills transfer.
String players, based on my personal experience and what other string players told me, developed in our childhood a “mapping process” that directly maps notes to a specific spot on the fingerboard.
IMO immeasurable - but not (as above) because of motor skills but because of the far easier imagining of chords, scales and harmonies using a mental image of the piano keyboard than that of the violin fingerboard. Only the piano allows you to 'see' the interrelationship of notes.
Thinking through the keyboard amounts to a "thought gap" mentioned by Andrew.
Maybe it's because I started on piano, but I also think it would be extremely difficult to learn to read music, and eventually to learn to hear chords and harmonies, on any non-keyboard instrument.
My 9 yo says rhythm, music theory, ensemble plying skills, and musicality.
“but I also think it would be extremely difficult to learn to read music, and eventually to learn to hear chords and harmonies, on any non-keyboard instrument.”
I play both violin and piano about equally well. Technically my proficiency on the violin is better, but on the piano I am able to do a lot more with improvisation and such.
If you're sight-reading a baroque score on the piano you have to learn figured bass, which you apply when you're playing. I can think of few better ways of learning about harmony in a practical situation.
If you have learned to read music on the piano and then start playing violin you have a big advantage compared with someone who learn the violin as his/her first instrument. Because all you need to learn is where the notes are on the violin. Otherwise your need to learn both how to play the violin and how to read music.
I think it's like learning a language. When you learn your first language you're learning the ideas and concepts that go with the words. When you learn a second language you're just learning new words.
As a long-time pianist and more recent (adult) violin student, I completely agree with Paul Deck and Kiki White's comments. I would also add music history and an understanding of musical styles to the list.
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