#2
There is a bit of a learning curve at the beginning as it has no frets so correct finger placement can be a pain. If you start learning be prepared to sound like dying animals for about a year.
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#3
Violin-difficult to learn,easy to master.

Piano and guitar - opposite.

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#4
I had a hard time with it when I was learning to fiddle. Once you get the hang of it, though, it kind of becomes second nature.
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#5
Unlike piano and guitar, where a beginner can play basic stuff that sounds pretty good, you will sounds like complete shit on the violin towards the beginning. Once you start getting it though it's not much different than another instrument.
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#7
All the violins I've talked to have been very stubborn, so I'd say yeah
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#9
Slightly off-topic, I suppose, but I always wondered why they designed the violin to be played in the position it's played in.

I can only assume it's the easiest way to facilitate the use of a bow, but it just seems weird to me.
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Slightly off-topic, I suppose, but I always wondered why they designed the violin to be played in the position it's played in.

I can only assume it's the easiest way to facilitate the use of a bow, but it just seems weird to me.



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How else would you play it?

I don't know, that was sort of part of my point.

Why did they design it that way?
It's easy to ask your question in hindsight, but imagine if you were going to invent an instrument. Would you have done it that way?
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#12
I'll bet there's an expert violinist somewhere who can play with their violin standing upright on a table or chair. That person is now my hero for the day.
#13
You could prop it up on your knee and play it upright, maybe.
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#14
They're very frustrating to first learn how to play, as their fretless. Which will make any finger placement anywhere short of perfect sound horrible.

How long it takes to get used to depends on many, many factors though. Including your own patience.

in terms of how they're designed though, i think it kind of makes sense. The player needs to see where they're fingering, which on a violin means getting quite close and personal with it (as it's a pretty small instrument), and at the same time you need both hands free.

The thing I question in terms of it's design is why the tuning pegs are just gearless stumps of wood that you lock just by wedging them into the headstock. But it's tradition I guess.
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#15
If four people could stand side by side playing the violin, viola, cello, and bass upright, smallest to largest or vice versa, that would actually make my year.
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#17
I'd like to learn to play it. Still trying to improve rhythm and stuff on the p&o though.
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The thing I question in terms of it's design is why the tuning pegs are just gearless stumps of wood that you lock just by wedging them into the headstock. But it's tradition I guess.

Yes very much so. I hate having to tuning my cello because of those. It would be so much easier if they would just start making gear tuners.
#20
I would love to learn some Penderecki on a viola. That stuff just makes me feel fuzzy when I listen to it
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#21
I wanted to learn violin a while ago, but there is no way to play it quietly, and if you have never played one before, it's hard to play it without sounding awful.

I think a lot of people who are really good at it probably started when they were kids, and people think that when a kid plays an instrument, they are kind of allowed to sound awful. I am probably wrong with that, but it seems logical in my head.
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Trying to get into Penderecki, any pieces you'd recommend?


I started of with stuff like The Dream of Jacob, Polymorphy & Dimensions of Time and Silence. His stuff isn't really easy to get into but you eventually learn to like it after a few listens