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#1
I just came back from being dragged to see the Philadelphia Orchestra today.

I have to say that it was probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Now I'm considering playing the violin.I've been playing guitar for a little over two years now, and piano five years before that.

The question is: is it worth it? I mean, guitar and violin are similar in some ways.

And I don't think this thread should be moved to the instrument thread,since there's nothing on classical instruments.
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#3
I love the violin. I'm gettin one as soon as I can afford one to try and learn it.
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#4
Guitar and violin are similiar in no ways.

If you're going to do it, prepare to spend a lot of money.
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#6
Are you kidding, I kick myself everyday for not learning violin instead of guitar, it's like the coolest sounding instrument.
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Quote by rabidguitarist
Guitar and violin are similiar in no ways.

If you're going to do it, prepare to spend a lot of money.


How come? Care to explain? 'Cause I am thinking of getting a Violin.
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How come? Care to explain? 'Cause I am thinking of getting a Violin.


I can think of one similiarity between violin and guitar, which is, they both have strings. Help me out here?
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#9
Guitar and violin are pretty similar in some ways - speaking as a violinist who recently took up guitar

left hand on a violin does pretty much the same as your fretting hand on a guitar, except you don't have the benefit of frets so you have to put your finger in the right spot - but you can cheat when you're learning and stick spots on your fingerboard to show where your fingers go in 1st position.

Right hand (picking/bowing hand) bears no resemblance whatsoever to guitar - my picking is dire compared to my fretting hand :/

Bear in mind that any beginner violinist sounds like they are torturing a cat...it won't sound nice for quite a while! And I would DEFINITELY get a teacher, at least until you know the basics - if you're not holding it right or don't have a good left hand position you have no chance!

Good luck

EDIT: To start you only need a cheap and nasty chinese violin, which you can probably get 2nd hand for £30-ish. Its a waste getting a decent instrument to start with as it will sounds awful whatever you are playing lol!
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How come? Care to explain? 'Cause I am thinking of getting a Violin.


He may have been referring to the cost of lessons (claiming it's nearly impossible to self-teach), or that the only workable violins cost thousands...

My friend picked up a fair priced electric violin and self teaches himself. He's not bad, given the length of time he's owned the thing, and he's improving noticeably, without taking lessons.
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#14
violin and guitar have completely different postures. if you play one, your better off not playing the other, or you'll suck at both
#15
Play the cello - it's way cooler.
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I can think of one similiarity between violin and guitar, which is, they both have strings. Help me out here?


I was asking 'bout the price.
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I was asking 'bout the price.


My violin was £800 and my bow was £100. It's an alright instrument, and the bow isn't very good at all.

It's impossible to teach yourself violin, so you'll have to get lessons, and a lot of them.
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Quote by rabidguitarist
My violin was £800 and my bow was £100. It's an alright instrument, and the bow isn't very good at all.

It's impossible to teach yourself violin, so you'll have to get lessons, and a lot of them.


Violins aren't so cool any more...
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You can get a cheapy 2nd hand chinese thing for about £30....it'll sound like you're strangling a cat for a few months anyway so it doesn't matter if its a cheapy violin
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Quote by rabidguitarist
My violin was £800 and my bow was £100. It's an alright instrument, and the bow isn't very good at all.

It's impossible to teach yourself violin, so you'll have to get lessons, and a lot of them.


Damn..

I'll stick to guitar.
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#21
I would suggest focusing on one instrument, maybe two, if you're really curious. Trying to be a jack of all trades and attempting to learn three or more instruments means you won't be very good with any of them.
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Quote by rabidguitarist
Guitar and violin are similiar in no ways.

If you're going to do it, prepare to spend a lot of money.


wrong, they both have strings and the strings vibrate to produce the sound.
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Quote by Mad Marius
I would suggest focusing on one instrument, maybe two, if you're really curious. Trying to be a jack of all trades and attempting to learn three or more instruments means you won't be very good with any of them.



I disagree, so long as he has proper instruction he can do just great.

I've never met a professional musician that cannot play more than one instrument
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#25
If you have time then yes! Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom played violin before he started playing guitar, and he's quite a good guitarist.

And it's also good because the violin can influence your guitar playing.
#26
Violin demands massive amounts of practice on tone and intonation. You are going to sound like **** the first one or two years. If you start too late i your life you will never develop the extremely precise mechanics in your fingers that is needed for playing on higher levels. (there have been studies on this)
You will sound better as an intermediate electric guitarist than an intermediate violinist.
Think through what you really want to do with the violin, do some research and then decide if you are really up for it.
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Violin demands massive amounts of practice on tone and intonation. You are going to sound like **** the first one or two years. If you start too late i your life you will never develop the extremely precise mechanics in your fingers that is needed for playing on higher levels. (there have been studies on this)
You will sound better as an intermediate electric guitarist than an intermediate violinist.
Think through what you really want to do with the violin, do some research and then decide if you are really up for it.


If he's halfway decent at guitar his fingers already know pretty much what to do - it's his bowing that will be painful
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I disagree, so long as he has proper instruction he can do just great.

I've never met a professional musician that cannot play more than one instrument


I've never heard of anyone who was a virtuoso guitarist, pianist and violinist.
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violins can be quite cheap around here, like 70$ and 10$ the bow
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I've never heard of anyone who was a virtuoso guitarist, pianist and violinist.


You don't need to be a virtuoso to have fun and enjoy playing....
#33
They're both string instruments but they're nothing alike in technique or feel. If you're a little older now, say in your late teens, it may be a little too late to get really good. Your hands will not be as tender as it needs to be in order to play the violin well.

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violin and guitar have completely different postures. if you play one, your better off not playing the other, or you'll suck at both

Uh, no. That's the dumbest thing I've heard all week.

I got a scholarship to my music school on guitar and I've been playing violin twice as long. I'm still able to nab auditions on violin. They're not mutually exclusive.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#34
Violin is a wonderful instrument. I wish my parents made me learn it instead of piano. I hate piano with a passion...
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Whereas guitar is a more badass instrument, good violin-playing is far more impressive.
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#38
Left hand (if you're a righty) is so similar to guitar! Except you only tend to use 1 finger at a time on a violin and you have to bit more accurate.. but its basically the same mechanics, just at a different angle
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Left hand (if you're a righty) is so similar to guitar! Except you only tend to use 1 finger at a time on a violin and you have to bit more accurate.. but its basically the same mechanics, just at a different angle

That different angle makes all the difference.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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That different angle makes all the difference.


I reckon it just means you need a teacher to hammer into you how to hold the violin properly....your fingers still do pretty much the same thing
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