Similar to anything new that you’re beginning to learn, playing the violin and mastering it requires a lot of practice, persistence, and dedication.
You can’t expect to find yourself a professional musician after a month or two but by being consistent with your practice you’ll be amazed at how quickly you improve!
While nothing is going to replace hard work these beginning violin tips will help you along your way.
Violin Beginner Tips
1. Practice Daily
As the famous saying goes, practice makes perfect. The secret behind mastering the violin is a regular practice.
You could make a schedule that includes a certain amount of hours for your daily practice. The more you practice, the faster you’ll develop your skills.
2. Keep a Steady Rhythm
The best way to track that your beat is steady is to use a metronome. With the technology era that we’re living in currently, there are many apps available for that.
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A steady beat is a continuous and steady rhythm in a piece of music or song. It’s what unconsciously gets your toes tapping or hands clapping.
3. Pay Attention to Your Posture
Neglecting your posture will directly affect your performance. Always make sure to pay close attention to your stance.
It’s essential that you feel relaxed as well. Stay alert to have no tension in your neck and arms. Many players find using a shoulder rest helps their posture as well.
Any tension in your body will automatically affect your grip on the violin and your contact with the strings, which will result in a poor performance.
4. Perform Finger Warm-Up Exercises
Warming up your fingers regularly before practice will prevent you from getting a feeling of discomfort during practice as well as getting injured.
It also will start to build muscle memory and get you in the correct mindset.
5. Tune Your Violin
It’s best recommended for beginners to check the tune of your violin strings before practicing. Listening to yourself play an off-key tune will be disappointing and frustrating!
A good piece of advice would be to get yourself a chromatic tuner device. That way, you’ll save time and be sure that your violin is well-tuned to the right key. Some of the best electric violins even have tuners built in.
6. Set a Practice Hour
Always aim at your “Prime Time”. This is the time when you’re at your best in terms of freshness, energy, and concentration. Whether that’s in the morning, afternoon, or evening for you, always focus on making it your practice hour.
However, if you fatigue easily during practice, you can divide it into two parts during the day.
7. Set a Practice Location
Practicing in a quiet room is vital, and ensuring that you don’t get disturbed by anything or anybody is essential.
It is also a good idea to try and practice in the same location each time.
8. Prepare Your Space
Collect all the materials that you’ll be needing during your practice hour. A pencil and paper, the music stand, and the music you’ll be playing.
A firm chair will be needed, if you practice sitting down, so it doesn’t affect your posture.
9. Prepare Your Body
Preparing yourself physically will prevent you from interrupting your practice to go to the bathroom or visit the kitchen or anything of the sort.
It’s best that you wear comfortable clothing, drink some water, and eat a snack before practice.
10. Set A Reasonable Time Limit
You want your practice to be high on quality not quantity of hours.
Practicing for long hours with poor concentration is a waste of time and effort.
Always focus and maintain a high concentration level during your practice session to get the best results out of it.
11. Set a Goal
Determine a goal for yourself at the beginning of each practice and aim to achieve it.
Your goal could be to fix some problems you’ve analyzed in your music while hearing yourself play, or to learn a new piece of music.
Challenging yourself will increase your skills noticeably and will make practice a fun time for you.
We hope you found these tips helpful!
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