Why does one start learning violin?
Ask any musician for what good reason they began on the violin, and the most widely recognized answer is likely that a parent had them take exercises when they were youngsters. Be that as it may, inquire as to why a player who is still effectively playing the violin today, "What props you up?" The appropriate responses are unending.
The rich tones that enter both the ear, your head, neck, chest—the sheer physical closeness—of a violin is something very extraordinary. Mitigating, energizing, satisfying, and periodically testing, there is a sort of happiness that separates it from the guitar and other stringed instruments. Maybe it is actually that—the physical commitment of the violin to your jawline, the tones and vibrations all through the two arms, through your fingers and the case… essentially inebriating.
Presently, some liken the violin as a "traditional music" instrument. In any case, any player deserving at least some respect will disclose to you how they have a great time, fiddling with Asian, Middle Eastern, just as old style music. Rapidly reflect and you can presumably name about six stone, pop, Americana, and jazz tunes that highlight a violin. Groups and craftsmen like The Eagles, Kansas, Michael Bublé, R.E.M., Alicia Keys, without any end in sight, have fused violins to lead or back their sytheses, contributing forcefully to a tune's immortality.
Notwithstanding type or period, a violin can lift well known music, keeping a Top 40 jingle from turning out to be such a great amount of "Residue in the Wind." (Sorry, couldn't help it.)
The fact of the matter is, be it rock, society, Persian, Arabic, or klezmer, you'll discover violins by the drove!
Why do music? Music does not need a justification outside of itself.
I never had music in my family at early age. I picked up guitar age 18 or so, played it for 10 years, got bored and wanted something new. I had listened some wind instrument stuff, especially the air synths like EWI, and wondered if I could play one of those. However, I didn't want to spend so much money into an instrument I might not like and tried one of those awful, horrid 15€ recorders we had to play in elementary school.
Why play violin? I agree with Joel that playing music needs no justification other than the music itself. I play many instruments (some of them very well) and I have to say that every instrument has a special charm for me. The physical sensations of each instrument are very different from other instruments.
A little over over twenty years ago my mother gave me the family heirloom, a violin that had been in the family for 150 years, with instructions that I should take lessons and learn to play it. Which I did. The unanticipated result six years later was that my presence as a cellist in local orchestras was replaced with my presence as a violinist. Whether in the firsts or seconds is unimportant, I just enjoy it.
When I was very young I wanted to do everything my older brothers were doing. They were getting music lessons (violin and piano) so I did too.
Jascha Heifetz snuck into my youtube recommended.
for a LOT of violinists the answer will be "I was a little child, I had to pick an instrument, I chose the violin".
Every day from the time I was first aware, I was aware that after my father came home from work he played his violin. Then for my 4th birthday his father gave me a violin as a present. I played it every day from then on, probably much of the day. We lived in a first floor apartment on 176th Street on the west side of Manhattan (actually within feet of a place you can often see in the background during the weather report of the daily ABC national evening news) and I would stand on the toybox, in front of the window of the bedroom I shared with my baby sister and play the violin, watching the people walk by and thinking they watched me. After hearing the noises I made for 6 months my parents asked my if I wanted to take violin lessons. Assuming this would teach me to play the way my father did, I said "yes."
I'm thinking, but I'm not certain that it was Frank Zappa who said that the reason young males aspire to be rock musicians is because they want to meet girls. He said that was true whether they're willing to admit it or not. It's probably the same for violinists. ;)
I loved music since I can remember. I had a little keyboard my parents bought before I was born. I enjoyed playing it as a little kid and started piano lessons. Then, after hearing some talk from friends or something (don't remember clearly anymore), I took up violin and then I took up viola another few years later to help out the local viola shortage. Play all three regularly to this day.
"it was Frank Zappa who said that the reason young males aspire to be rock musicians is because they want to meet girls. He said that was true whether they're willing to admit it or not. It's probably the same for violinists. ;)"
I tell my students, and particularly their parents, that there is only one valid "reason" for playing the violin - Because you want to.
"...the reason young males aspire to be rock musicians is because they want to meet girls."
I don't fully remember, unfortunately. My parents are pianists, and I think, they assume a serious musician would either play the piano or the violin (because of the amount of great repertoire for either of those).
I got into classical music (and eventually violin and viola) mostly as a result of reverse culture shock. I grew up in Dubai in the late 1980s and early 1990s; although American pop culture reached there, in the days before widespread internet access it was 5-10 years behind the US. Returning to the US in 1995, going into 8th grade, and finding that I had never heard of the bands my classmates were listening to, I made a conscious decision to turn toward classical and jazz, genres that seemed to steadfastly ignore the latest fashions. Not that I'd had much more exposure to classical music at the time -- access to Western classical music in Dubai was minimal until around 2000. But that led me first to classical radio, and then to attending a symphony concert with a friend's family and hearing string instruments in person for the first time.
I started learning because I wanted to be different to everyone else in my class. I should say guitar was the most popular instrument at that time. There was me and one other girl playing the violin then. At secondary (high) school, I was the only one who had lessons properly
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