#1
I was thinking of getting a cheap electric violin for my birthday, do any of you guys play violin? is it easy to pick up if you play guitar?
#2
Yes, because they're identical.
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Wtf Electric?
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It's a very difficult instrument to master. The angle of the bow has to be identical to the angle of the wrist on your opposite hand. Your ear training has to be good to know that you're in tune, hitting the right notes and powering through and, at first, knowing to use all of the bow rather than just a bit of it just seems wrong.
#8
Lol. violin is much harder than the guitar. takes way more practice too. i would recommend the ukelele if you want something closer to a guitar, but if you're willing to put in the practice and effor necessary then go for it.
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#11
There are so many aspects involved in playing the violin, which makes it all that much harder. Things like bow speed, bow placement, bow angle, intonation, shifting, vibrato etc. are really tough to master. Also, the cheapest electric violin I've seen was still like $500.
#12
On a related note, how much are lessons usually? I have been thinking of getting at least a bit of training to learn how to play it, it would be good fun.
#13
1) Violin is MUCH harder to play.

2) A "cheapie" violin costs about $2000, in case you didn't know. A good one can cost upwards of $250000. It's a very expensive instrument to learn.
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On a related note, how much are lessons usually? I have been thinking of getting at least a bit of training to learn how to play it, it would be good fun.


It cost me £25 an hour. You really do need a teacher for it though.
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1) Violin is MUCH harder to play.

2) A "cheapie" violin costs about $2000, in case you didn't know. A good one can cost upwards of $250000. It's a very expensive instrument to learn.


i found one for $400 i know it's probably not really good but i'm not gonna be like performing with it i just wanna learn another instrument
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#16
It's a tough instrument to get the swing of. You're going to need lessons. Many MANY lessons.
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#17
Not really much like guitar except the fact that they both have strings.


If you know how to read music from your guitar playing then that will help a little.


I would definitely suggest lessons if you are serious about learning how to play. I played when I was younger and I think it would have been pretty difficult to learn on my own.
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1) Violin is MUCH harder to play.

2) A "cheapie" violin costs about $2000, in case you didn't know. A good one can cost upwards of $250000. It's a very expensive instrument to learn.


It's usually 200 bucks for a beginner one, and a couple thousand dollars at most for a good one. The ones in the tens of thousands usually are the ones that world famous luthiers have made or ones that are hundreds of years old that are still in good condition.

I picked it up last year for orchestra, and the only skills you can bring over to the violin is finger speed/dexterity. To be honest, my experience of playing the flute helped me much more than my experience in guitar.
#19
i've been playing for 8 violin years, and guitar for 6 years, and its nothing like guitar. its gonna take a pretty long time to get it to sound pretty good. the your fingers really have to be in the exact right place otherwise the notes wont sound good specially when your shift. if you know how to read music it'll make it easier, if not i say dont even try before learning that first
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It cost me £25 an hour. You really do need a teacher for it though.

Yeah I figured I would need a teacher, it's such a technical instrument and you need such good technique and tone to actually sound like you can play anything. I do have a prof who is a violin player I just realized though, so maybe he'd be willing to teach me thanks mate.
#22
Hey man.

Yes, a teacher would be a good idea. But when you get your teacher, do practice. There is nothing more frustrating than a kid that doesn't practice. I'm not saying you don't, but a half an hour a day will have you pick it up very very fast.
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1) Violin is MUCH harder to play.

2) A "cheapie" violin costs about $2000, in case you didn't know. A good one can cost upwards of $250000. It's a very expensive instrument to learn.



No.


Maybe for a pro, but for any student a regular violin should cost around 400, a mid level cost around 800, and a high level cost around 1500-ish.
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I tried it out in store.

Great neck, nice n light, good tuning stability. Overall a good guitar. I didn't but it cause I generally only buy guitars over a grand now.
#24
Whether you've been playing guitar for 30 minutes or 30 years, the violin is going to be hard as hell to get down.

When you first start it will sound about as pleasing to the ears as a lady scraping her fingernails on a chalk board. Nonetheless, I think its a great instrument to learn, and one that few people really seem to try out, so good luck to you.
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#25
I've been playing violin for 10 years or so, and compared to guitar it's far far more difficult. And my violin is worth more than my whole guitar rig...

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