learning to play the violin while traveling
Hey there! Do you have any experience learning to play the violin while traveling?
I'm planning to travel for about 4-5 months and I don't want to give up on practicing my violin during that time. I'll be staying in sharehouses and I'm afraid of bothering others with my beginner-level playing.
I was thinking about getting a silent electric violin (Yamaha YSV104), but I'm not sure if that's a good option. Would plugging in headphones help prevent any sound from being heard? Thanks in advance for your advice!
In Vienna I have heard plenty lf people practice in the parks, maybe you could practice outside in the same way. If you put a hat on the ground you may even get some spending money;)
I thimo there is some sound that will still com out, but it is very quiet. Unless someone is trying to hear you, they should easily be able to over look it.
I used to have a job that required quite a lot of travel. I bought a second hand Yamaha silent violin (don't remember exactly the model number). That violin together with a glass fiber bow could just be tossed into my suitcase and would allow me to practice in hotel rooms etc. There is some sound coming from it directly, but it should not be more disturbing than someone watching the TV in their hotel room. Be aware that it is not like playing a real violin. It is better than no violin at all for sure, but it handles differently, it feels clumsy and does not really sound like a violin. It is not for working on the fine details of tone production, but it can give your fingers their daily violin workout. Another - and much cheaper - option would be a very heavy practice mute.
Another advantage of the "silent" violin for a frequent traveler is that it is less fragile than an acoustic one.
I agree entirely with Andrew. Get the silent violin. They're nearly indestructible. And if you do end up having it wrecked or stolen, it's not a unique instrument in the same way that a regular violin is, so there's much less emotional risk.
"Silent" violins are not silent, just quiet. You don't need headphones to hear them. Nor will phones affect the violin's sound as heard by others.
Thanks everyone. I'll have a look at a silent violin. I have never used a practice mute; will check that as well.
Couple of years ago I bought a silent violin for similar reasons.But I found the handling and feedback too different to be useful for practice. It is an interesting instrument in itself. Mine has a fixed chinrest which is an obstacle and I found the sound feedback of my bowing over the headphones too different from playing a “normal” violin.
Lisa, a quick word about practice mutes. The first one I bought was solid metal and very heavy, with quite sharp edges that somewhat compressed the wood of the bridge. I was afraid of dropping it, and the sound seemed to take a while to recover when I took it off. I replaced it with one that is rubberized, and a little lighter. It still does a very good job, and spares me the angst!
NS Designs electric violins are like a travel violin for me. I unscrew the chinrest and manage to get it into an overhead cabin sized case with a bow in a bow case. I use a headphone amp by Nux or a tiny amp - the Spark Go.
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