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The violin is one of the hardest instruments to play. Learning violin is difficult because of the difficulty of the bow hand ...
as well as the violin being fretless. Mike Sanchez explains the details of the concept in this violin lesson video. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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Hello and welcome back to violintutorpro.com. Today we’re going to cover a very popular question that many people are asking about the violin. And that is, “Why is the violin so hard to play?” Biggest reason why the violin is so difficult to play is because it is a fretless instrument as one reason out of quite few.
What I mean by fretless is that when you put your fingers down, they have to be in exactly right spot. You can’t have them just even a millimeter to the left or to the right because with a fret instrument like a guitar, I’ll grab a guitar, as you can see there’s dust down this guitar because I don’t really play it much. When you put your finger down, even if you put a little bit to the left here, or to the right here. So on the violin, when you do that, change where you’re putting your finger, just that, a little bit will change the pitch of the note.
So that’s going to make a lot harder to play the violin in tune. So, and the next thing that makes the violin so difficult, it’s probably more difficult than the finger placement, actually a lot more difficult is the right hand. And that’s the bow hand. And the bow hand is the breath of the violin. This is your voice. This is what makes you different from anybody else, any other violinists.
And this is really hard to master especially at first because you have to have just exactly the right pressure down on the violin from the bow. And have that feel to where you know exactly how hard to pull, how hard to push down to get the right sound.
So like what I do to remind myself how hard that used to play. I used to play with my other hand because you know I have obviously 20 years of experience with this hand playing the violin with the bow but I don’t have any with this one playing with the bow right? So like what I do is I hold it the opposite way.
And I promise you that I am really going to try a song correctly, knowing you know I have the knowledge to play correctly but I still can’t because I don’t have the feel in this bow hand. So, you probably get the idea right away and you might want to cover your ears. Then you probably had enough for that.
So that was me nearly trying to play my best. That’s how beginners sound at first because they have to develop that feel with their right arm. That’s why that’s what makes the violin so difficult you know with this hand and then the fretlessness of the instrument. Those are the two biggest components that make the instrument so hard to learn.