Violin Lessons

Over the course of a few hundred years, the violin has undergone many changes, adjustments, and developments before becoming the instrument we know today.  It descended from the viol family of instruments and was shortly joined by the viola, cello, and double bass.  In the mid 1500s, the violin had grown from a three stringed instrument to a four stringed, which is how it remains today; each string is tuned a fifth apart starting with the highest string E, A, D, and G.  As the most popular of the string family, the violin evolved moderately within the next couple of years.  By the 19th century, thanks to the famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari, the violin’s model was confirmed.  Many of Stradivari’s violins are still played today and regarded as some of the most elite violins.  Truly they are works of art!  Understandably, the violin’s bow also went through changes before arriving at its final style.  All lot of these changes can be attributed to the fact that the styles of music and repertoire were expanding, resulting in the instruments needing to satisfy the musician’s demands and vice versa.

The violin is a highly athletic instrument to play as it forces the musician to develop acute fine motor skills, dexterity in the fingers, hands, and body, an incredible ear for pitch and intonation, and precise connection between the brain’s computing to processing that information physically.  Because of this, violin students establish extreme muscle memory, fast responsiveness, strength, consistent accuracy, and mental as well as muscular stamina.  These attributes help them flourish in other activities as they learn how to apply these concepts to all other areas of life.  The brilliant physicist, Albert Einstein, had a deep love for the music and the violin and credited his musical studies in this quote, “The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery is the result of musical perception.”  Playing the violin teaches learning in all areas of life.

Because of the unmistakable emotional sounds the violin can produce, the instrument can be a door to the performer’s heart and passion.  The intimacy of the violin’s positioning on the musician almost makes the violin become part of the performer.  With no separation between the two, the violin and violinist become one.  This gives a unique ability to express musically whatever feelings the violinist wants to produce.  The violin is a touching instrument that touches hearts and speaks directly to its listeners.

Lastly, there is always a perk about playing a small instrument!  Portability is an unrestricted option.  As long as the temperature and humidity is kept reasonable, traveling either short or long distances is quite easy with a violin.  Even on airlines the violin is a carry on and fits safely in the overhead bin, leaving the violinist with their most precious companion always by their side, thus never missing an opportunity to share the joy of music with others.  As composer Robert Schumann once said, “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts—such is the duty of the artist.”

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