I’ve been learning to play the violin for quite a few years. And I love it. But it wasn’t always that way. The violin or the fiddle as my grandpa used to call it is really a diverse instrument with lots of applications. Currently I’m using the technique of teaching yourself violin to play jazz violin. This is way harder than you’d think it is. Anyway, enough about me. This article is for a friend who asked me if teach yourself violin was really practical and doable. I’m happy to report that it is.
Now, I need to add just one caution before we get started. I started off learning to play violin as a young boy when I saw my grandpa play fiddle in Irish pubs around town and at family get togethers. So in the interest of honesty, I have to say that I did take lessons from a violin teacher at the beginning. In fact I still do. But it was when I started to teach myself violin that I really think I made some good breakthroughs with the instrument. So here are my 3 tips on how to teach yourself violin.
- Anything worth doing is worth doing well and it takes time. Please understand this. If you are really serious about learning how to play the violin then you must be patient and give yourself the time necessary to learn the instrument. So many of my friends who have asked me if you can teach yourself violin get disappointed when the realise that it will take time. Give yourself at least 6 months before you can carry a few tunes.
- You have to practice. You won’t become the next Andrew Bird if you just play the violin when it suits you. If you are serious about how to teach yourself violin then I’d really encourage you to practice at least 30 minutes a day 5 to 7 days a week. Of course the more you do, the better you’ll become.
- The last best tip I can give you if you want to know how to learn violin is to be patient. I think patience is a really underrated virtue, and so the cliche goes. But it’s true. I think what really separates the best from the mediocre is their patience. The patience to practice for days and months and years. The patience to wait for success and to earn it, with the end in sight. If you can be patient and appreciate the journey of learning the violin you’ll do very well.
There you have it folks. 3 tips to success if you want to teach yourself violin. Remember the biggest point I want to leave you with is to get out there and practice. Find a great program to learn from and practice. Seriously, practice does make perfect.